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New WYS Shetland Yarns!

Hello everyone, sorry for being quiet on here – we are in the middle of the Wool Season so things are pretty busy in the wool store and we are working on lots of things which we will share soon! but today we happy to share the two new ranges which have been launched with our ongoing collaboration with West Yorkshire Spinners.

In these ranges, West Yorkshire Spinners purchase the raw Shetland Wool from J&S and using their state of the art dyeing and spinning capabilities to create now 3 different ranges using Real Shetland Wool.

First up is the Croft Double Knit range:

The Croft Double Knit carries on from the success of the original Aran Croft range with 12 solid colours and 6 speckled shades, and alongside the range is a pattern book containing garment and accessory patterns by Sarah Hatton and Rosee Woodland.

Technical Information:
Hank Size: 100g
Composition: 100% Shetland Wool
Weight: Double Knit
Needles: 4mm US6
225 Metres / 246 Yards
Tension: 28 Rows – 22 Stitches

You can find the Croft DK on our online shop here, and the pattern book here.

Next up is something new and exciting – The Croft Wild Shetland Aran Roving Yarn:

This yarn is a really unusual loosely spun Aran yarn available in a range of 4 colours inspired by Shetland and its landscape, we also have the undyed Ecru to go along with it. The yarn has long colour stretches resulting in an interesting effect on the finished item as you can see in the swatches

l-r: Rolling Hills, Stormy Skies, Fired Earth and Turning Tides

Technical Information:

Hank Size: 100g
Composition: 100% Shetland Wool
Weight: Aran Roving
Needles: 5mm US8
166 Metres / 182 Yards
Tension: 24 Rows – 18 Stitches

We also have two kits available for this range, the Finlay and Alana Sweaters, you can find them on the online shop here and here.  You can find the Wild Shetland range on the online shop here.

We look forward to seeing what people make with these new ranges, happy knitting!

The Croft Shetland Colours

Hello everyone, just a quick post today to show you the new colours we have just got in stock in The Croft wool, you may remember last year we launched the Shetland Tweed yarn which was a group of speckled shades produced in partnership with West Yorkshire Spinners:

The raw wool (of which we purchase over 80% of Shetlands Wool clip) is bought from us and WYS dyes and spins the wool into this yarn. The speckled shades have been very popular and they have just released these 12 new solid shades:

top row: Sullom, Seafield, Tresta and Norwick middle row: Voxter, Lerwick, Melby and Fetlar bottom row: Ollaberry. Belmont, Laxfirth and Bixter

Alongside the yarns a pattern collection has also been released featuring 14 designs by Sarah Hatton. The patterns contain a nice mix of adult and childrens garments and accessories. To see the designs in the book click here. We have also got in stock more of the original Croft Book for the Speckled shades also designed by Sarah.

As you know we put together a lot of colour combinations in our day to day world here at J&S and we couldnt resist putting some together in the new colours:

left: Voxter, Laxfirth, Lerwick and Melby, right: Voxter, Laxfirth, Lerwick and Sullom

left: Stonybrek, Norwick, Seafield and Melby, right: Clousta, Tresta, Maryfield, Dalsetter and Ollaberry

left: Boddam, Norwick, Lerwick and Sullom, right: Norwick, Ollaberry, Belmont and Seafield

left: Bixter, Tresta, Lerwick and Sullom, right: Seafield, Fetlar, Ollaberry and Dalsetter.

The yarn is decribed as an Aran weight but we would use it more as a DK/Light Aran but of course swatch and ensure you like the guage you get, you can see all the Croft Wool on our website here. 

Happy Knitting!

Oliver’s Ewan Sweater

Hello everyone! Just a quick post today to show you the jumper Sandra has made for Oliver using our Croft – Shetland Tweed yarn which we launched last year together with West Yorkshire Spinners..

Sandra made Ollie the Ewan Sweater from the Croft – Shetland Tweed pattern book, it contains 14 designs by Sarah Hatton all to be made using the Croft Yarn. The Ewan Sweater is one of two patterns for Mens jumpers in the book and there is a nice selection of other jumpers and cardigans for Women as well as some accessories. Oliver decided on the Boddam colourway for his jumper and I think it looks great!

Sometimes with a very flecked or speckled yarn its hard to imagine how the wool will knit up but this shows how the speckles really work well with the texture and cables in the pattern. Sandra likes to knit in the round as much as she can but she chose to follow the pattern and knit Oliver’s jumper in pieces, the Croft yarn has a good drape and can grow a bit when its washed so a big project like this is best worked in pieces for stabilitly.

I think Oliver is pleased with his Jumper!

You can see the Croft Shetland Tweed yarn on our website here and the pattern book here, you can also see more of the patterns in the book here. I would suggest looking through the projects made with the yarn on Ravelry too, there are some great ones!

Happy Knitting!

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