Castlemilk Moorit DK
A pure Castlemilk Moorit yarn marks the first release for Daughter of a Shepherd’s new range, Seventy-Two. Gathered during summer 2017 from shepherds across England, including Rachel’s father, the fibre has been woollen spun to a DK weight at a traditional, family-owned mill in Yorkshire.
The earthy tones of burnt caramel and dark spice with flashes of silver give the yarn a natural melange and add movement to finished fabrics. The yarn itself is plush and bouncy and when knitted becomes a light yet resilient fabric perfect for layering garments such as sweaters, cardigans and vests, whilst also being ideal for large shawls, blankets and cosy accessories.
Rachel suggests that the yarn is suited to 20 stitches over 10cm on a 4mm needle for stocking stitch, giving a flexible and functional fabric. However, when knit on a 4.5mm needle at 18 stitches over 10cm this opens the fabric for a gauge more suited to heavily cabled patterns. At the other end of the scale, the wool is happy to be knitted on a smaller needle to condense the stitches for firmer fabrics. The spin matches Daughter of a Shepherd’s Ram Jam yarn so you can adjust the gauge of either to play with natural colour pattern combinations.
You can read more about the breed history and characteristics over on the Daughter of a Shepherd blog.
Fibre: 100% Castlemilk Moorit, pure undyed wool
Amount: 100g skein
Weight: DK weight
Yardage: 110 g = 217 metres (237 yards)
Rec needle size: 3.75–4.5mm (US 5–7) needle or hook
Gauge: 20 sts and 30 rows to 10cm (4") on 4mm (US 6) needles
Care: Cool hand wash only — lay flat to dry naturally
Sourced, scoured and spun in the UK
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