British Breeds

£5.95 per 25g ball.

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British Breeds has taken two years to develop into the beautiful, soft, bouncy 4 ply yarn that it is today. Worsted spun in Devon by John Arbon and his wonderful team, British Breeds is now available in 26 colours - it took a long time to finalise the colour palette as I had to be sure that all of the colours work well together in Fairisle knitting but also that each shade is a beautiful individual colour for single colour knitting.

 

British Breeds is made from four different British sheep breeds:   The wool fibre from each breed adds a certain characteristic to the yarn; Bluefaced Leicester adds the beautiful softness, Exmoor Horn adds the softness too but this sheep produces a white fleece therefore adding a ‘cleaness’ to the blended tops making for more successful dyeing. Wensleydale adds the strength and lustre and Zwartbles adds the bounce or springiness. To produce the yarn, the Bluefaced Leicester, Exmoor Horn and Wensleydale wool fibres are first blended together and then dyed into various coloured tops. These coloured tops are then blended together using a ‘recipe’ to create each of the 16 base colours. Each colour base is then blended with the undyed Zwartbles fibre creating the lovely mélange effect. Once the yarn is spun it is sent to Edward Hill’s Ltd in Bradford to be steam relaxed and balled into 25g balls. The steam finishing ‘opens up’ the yarn creating the full, light appearance and handle.

 

In Lot 016 Raw, Romney replaces Wensleydale and all shades from Lot 017 will change over to the new blend of Bluefaced Leicester, Exmoor Horn, Romney and Zwartbles.

 

British Breeds has an approximate length of 85m (93 yds) and a tension of 28 sts & 29 rows to 10cm measured over Fair Isle knitting using 3.25mm needles. On stocking stitch the tension is 26 sts & 34 rows to 10cm using 3mm needles.  To care for your British Breeds garment or accessory, please hand wash in cold water only, using a mild liquid detergent, suitable for delicate woollens and reshape whilst damp.

 

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NEW Seagrass

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Chestnut

Wood

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Quince

NEW Storm

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Raw

British Breeds

Shade Card

£10.80

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A shade card for the British Breeds yarn is now available to buy, featuring hand tied yarn wrappings of all 26 shades.

British Breeds

Gift Box 3

£145.00

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The new British Breeds Gift Box Edition 3 is the perfect opportunity to knit all 20 glorious colours in the British Breeds yarn range. The gift box contains 21 balls of the British Breeds yarn (1 x 25gm ball of 19 colours and 2  x 25gm balls of one other colour), a book containing the new and exclusive Ottilie Shrug pattern and the accessory patterns from Gift Boxes 1 and 2, and a Marie Wallin calico project bag. All this is presented in a high quality, re-useable large gift box which has a magnetic closure. Included in the price of the gift box is a downloadable PDF version of the new gift box book. With this you will be able to enlarge the charts without having to spoil the printed book. The download link is sent by email once your order has been shipped.

 

The Ottilie Shrug is a new Fairisle design and is exclusive to this gift box and will not be available anywhere else. The shrug is knitted flat using 20 colours and the additional exclusive accessory designs from Gift Box 1 and 2 are the perfect projects for using up any of your leftover yarns.

 

Ottilie Shrug Finished Measurements, Sizing & Fit

 

Finished measurements - flat

Chest – 64 cm (25¼ in) measured 3 cm down from armhole

Welt width – 58 cm (22¾ in)

Length – 46 cm (18 in) measured from side of neck down

 

Fit

S – 81 to 86 cm (32 to 34 in) – very loose fit

M – 91 to 97 cm (36 to38 in) – loose fit

L – 102 to 107 cm (40 to 42 in) – semi fitted

XL – 112 to 117 cm (44 to 46 in) – fitted

XXL – 122 to 127 cm (48 to 50 in) – snug fit

Ottilie Shrug

Ottilie Shrug

Mulberry Wrap

Forest Tam

Glade Cowl

Glen Fingerless Mittens

Meadow Mittens

British Breeds Yarn Retailer Stockists

UK

Baa..!

Stonehaven

www.baawool.co.uk

Tel: 07751 442645

Folklore Yarns

Belfast

www.folkloreyarns.com

Tel: 07825 157236

Hoop Haberdashery

Tenterden

www.hoophaberdashery.co.uk

Tel: 01580 388011

Laughing Hens (online)

Great Barrow

www.laughinghens.com

Tel: 01829 740903

Natural Knitter Wool Shop

Northallerton

facebook/Natural Knitter Wool

Tel: 01609 760348

The Knitter’s Yarn

Pannal, Harrogate

www.theknittersyarn.com

Tel: 01423 816618

The Lace Knittery

Ilminster

www.thelaceknittery.com

Tel: 07795 197473

USA

Echo Valley Fiber

Newtown, Pennsylvania

www.echovalleyfiber.com

Tel: 267 307 1529

For Yarn’s Sake

Beaverton, Oregon

www.foryarnssake.com

Tel: 503 469 9500

Quintessential Knits

Duvall, Washington

www.quintessentialknits.com

Tel: 425 890 6756

The Elegant Ewe

Concord, New Hampshire

www.elegantewe.com

Tel: 603 226 0066

The Woolly Thistle (online)

Lebanon, New Hampshire

www.thewoollythistle.com

Email: hello@thewoollythistle.com

Wooly Mammoth Yarn Shop

Omaha, Nebaska

Facebook: woolymammothyarnshop

Tel: 402 932 2157

Yarn Bits and Bobs

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

www.yarnbitsandbobs.com

Tel: 412 680 5978

Canada

Black Sheep Yarns

Port Moody, British Columbia

www.blacksheepyarns.ca

Tel: +1 778 355 9665

Sassy Yarns (online)

Spencerville, Ontario

www.sassyyarns.ca

Tel: +1 613 620 7567

SeaSpun Yarn & Coffee House

Bishops Cove, Newfoundland

https://seaspun.ca

Tel: 416-909-2958

The Knitting Loft

North York, Ontario

www.theknittingloft.ca

Tel: +1 416 631 0060

Three Bags Full Knit Shop

Vancouver, British Columbia

www.threebagsfull.ca

Tel: 604 874 9665

Your Next Knit (online)

West Vancouver

www.yournextknit.com

Tel: 778 996 1974

Australia

Calico & Ivy

Swanbourne, Western Australia

www.calicoandivy.com

Tel: +61 8 9383 3794

Knit Purl Sew (online)

Bassendean, Western Australia

www.knitpurl.com.au

Tel: +61 8 6507 2527

Sunspun

Canterbury, Victoria

www.sunspun.com.au

Tel: 3 9830 1609

The Purl Box (online)

Flora Hill, Victoria

www.thepurlbox.com

Tel: +61 4 0814 1894

Wrapped In Fibre (online)

Millgrove, Victoria

www.wrappedinfibre.com

Email: info@wrappedinfibre.com

Sweden

60 Garner Nord

Lindome

www.60garnernord.se

Tel: 0708-728585

Kärringträtans garn

Tystberga

www.karringtratansgarn.se

Tel: 0736-807990

Tant Hulda

Lund

www.tanthulda.se

Tel: 0727-199040

Wincent garnbutik

Stockholm

www.wincentgarner.se

Tel: 0468-337060

Norway

Norwegian Spirit

Bergen

www.norwegian-spirit.com

Tel: 941 66 311

UniQ Garn AS

Trondheim

https://uniqgarn.no

Tel: 973 37 531

Denmark

Flittiglise

Esbjerg

www.flittiglise.dk

Tel: +45 30 73 93 70

Nordgarn

Helsingør

www.nordgarn.dk

Tel: +45 26 16 82 32

Retrofutura

Oernhoej

www.retrofutura.dk

Tel: 71781607

Germany

Strickfairliebt

Grünberg

www.strickfairliebt.de

Tel: +49 1514 0093876

UmGarnt

Coberg

www.umgarnt.de

Tel: 01512 7080445

Wolle & Design

Stadtlohn

www.wolleunddesign.de

Tel: 02563 98208

Wolle Willich

Willich

www.wolle-willich.de

Tel: +49 2154 8937962

France

Laine et Tricot

La Chapelle sur Erdre

www.laine-et-tricot.com

Tel: +33 24 075 2243

Netherlands

De Afstap

Amsterdam

www.afstap.nl

Tel: 020 623 1445

Belgium

De Roopoorte

Nazareth

www.deroopoorte.eu

Tel: 09 380 84 64

Luxembourg

Compagnie des Laines - Woolinspres

www.woolinspires.com

Tel: 621 460 004

Czech Republic

Vlněné sestry

Brno

https://www.vlnenesestry.cz

Tel: +420 777 281 756

Slovak Republic

Vlnobranie

Bratislava

www.vlnobranie.sk

Tel: +421 905 664 859

South Korea

myKnit.Studio

Soeul

www.myknit.com

Tel: 822-722-0006

Nougatbar Knits

Soeul

www.nougatbarknits.com

Tel: 416-909-2958

Tarae Shop

Seoul

www.taraeshop.com

Tel: +82-10-8841-2511

Japan

K2tog Yarn and Handmade

Warabi City, Saitama

www.k2togyarn.shop

Tel: +81-50-5359-3567

China

Yarn It Store,

Shen Zhen

www.shop365947773.m.taobao.com

Tel: +86 18682081462

Taiwan - Distributor

Yarntex Corporation

New Taipei City

www.rachelhandmade.com

Tel: 886-2-26666089