Want to learn about different breeds of sheep and how their wool looks, feels and performs differently? The best way is by experiencing them first hand: knit, test and share in our first single breed swatch along. Working with four different types of wool: Fine wool (Targhee), Medium wool (Montadale), Primitive (Icelandic) and Longwool (Border Leicester) learn some breed history, what makes them special, the farms that raise them and what you might want to create with their wool.
Three of us are contributing information and our points of view. Together we will lead the swatch along:
There are two choices on how to join in:
Free virtual swatch along
Receive all the emails and electronic files with ten swatch patterns (easy and advanced choices), score cards and knit notes. Follow or join in the Ravelry discussion threads to compare observations and experience with each yarn online
Swatch along knit kit
Includes emails and Ravelry discussion threads as in the virtual plus a skeinlet of Solitude Wool, all American yarn, from each breed. Also included is a cover to create your swatch reference,.
We will start on Sunday, October 1st studying one breed per week throughout October.
This knitting pattern designed by Cheryl Chow was inspired by the ivy climbing on an old stone church, lacy leaves trail up our charming & timeless vest. Shaping makes this a flattering garment you will love to wear.
Yarn: Border Leicester sport, natural dyed yarn, three (four or five) skeins
Sizes: Seven adult sizes from finished bust circumference of 31.75? up to 55.75?
Skills: knitting, purling, decreasing, increasing, knitting in the round, reading charts, 3-needle bind off, buttonholes, picking up stitches
Level of difficulty: Advanced
Needles: Size 5 (US)/ 3.75 mm circular needle in 40:/100 cm length (or size to obtain gauge) to work body, and shorter if desired for armhole ribbing. Extra US 5 / 3.75 mm needle for bind off.
Designed by Cheryl Chow
A breed from the Welsh border area of Britain, Clun Forest is a heritage breed in the US. Raised for meat and valued for their ability to grow well on pasture alone, they also grow a high quality, Down type wool that has robust crimp and elasticity. Clun fleece is fairly fine, with a short staple. Biggest problem with this wool can be breaks due to nutritional stress. Check fleeces carefully.
This knitting pattern designed by Laura Chau is a fun opportunity to pair a beautiful handpainted yarn with a coordinating solid color. The simple garter stitch lace pattern opens up the fabric and biases naturally for an interesting parallelogram shape. It’s worked lengthwise on a circular needle to accommodate the large number of stitches. The scarf version uses just one skein of each color; the generously-sized wrap uses two skeins of each color.
Yarn: Coopworth sport 1 (2) skeins in each of two colors
Sizes: scarf: 13 x 72" / 33 x 183 cm wrap: 22 x 90" / 56 x 228.5 cm, blocked
Skills: knitting, purling, decreasing, yarn overs
Level of difficulty: Easy
Needles: Size 7 (US)/ 4.5 mm circular needle in 32:/80 cm length (or larger)
Gauge: 13 sts and 38 rows = 4" / 10 cm square in pattern
Designed by Laura Chau
designed by Debbie Deutsch, this quick, easy knit is whispy light and elegant — it is knit flat and joined as you cast off so there is no seaming!
it takes just two skeins of either Border Leicester fog or cloud
size 19 needles plus a spare needle in a similar size
very basic knitting skills
$ 43.00A fun kit with even amounts of three different colors of the Dorset hike yarn, all wound into center pull balls and nicely stacked on bamboo. There is enough yarn for a pair of women’s large socks. We have worked out a color plan: First, select one of the colors to use as accent on both socks (cuff, heal and toe). Then you have choices; either make the leg and foot of each sock in the different remaining colors (they don't match) or use the two colors in stripes (either two row or four row) for both socks. Of course...you can figure out your own plan (maybe stripes of all three colors or start and change colors on a whim?) Worthy of a gift, especially for yourself! Use your own pattern, or our basic one available free on Ravelry: Dorset hike three color socks
our dotted lines mitten knitting pattern uses simple construction techniques & are quick knits with no grafting or seams. They have a grown-up vibe, a flattering shape and their contrasting cuff edges and bobbles make them fun to wear, gift-worthy & charmingly different
Yarns: Montadale Light or Icelandic. Approximately 175 yds / 160 m of main color plus 30 yds / 27 m of a handpainted or solid contrasting color.
Sizes: Womens S/M and M/L
Skills: knitting in the round, purling, increasing & decreasing, reading simple chart
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Needles: US 2 / 2.75 mm and US 1 / 2.5 mm double pointed needles or size to obtain gauge
Gauge: 28 sts = 4" / 10 cm in stockinette stitch on larger needles, blocked
Designed by Cheryl Tlam
this simple to knit cowl pattern was designed for the dye-hard class at solitude wool. The narrow width garter stitch rectangle shows off the colors in a handprint skein nicely and changing the direction of the knitting further emphasizes the beauty of the color changes.
Yarn: one skein Solitude Wool Romney semi-worsted spun, preferably in a handprint
One size: 9" / 230 mm tall, 22.5" / 570 mm around
Skills: knitting, picking up stitches and knitting in the round
Level of difficulty: easy
Needles: size 8 (US) / 5 mm circular 24" / 600 mm length or size to obtain gauge. Optional: US 8 / 5 mm straight needles
designed by our best customer, Sue Burke, this easy-to-knit bag pairs solitude wool’s Targhee 2-ply and Karakul yarns. The bag is knit in seed stitch for a subtle basket-like texture, then hand-felted for a sturdy fabric. Instructions for three sizes of round-bottom bags—the bucket, tote and mini-bucket plus a clutch-style wristlet are included! One of the most fun parts of the pattern is choosing colors. It will change as you felt it with the Karakul yarn dominating in the final fabric.
Yarn: Targhee 2 ply and Karakul yarns in equal yardage. Amount depends on size of bag
Sizes: three sizes: bucket, tote and mini-bucket plus clutch-style wristlet
Skills: knitting, purling, decreasing, knitting in the round,
Level of difficulty: beginner to intermediate
Needles: Size 10.5 (US)/ 6.5mm circular needle in 24"/60 cm (16"/14 cm length for mini) and set of 10.5/65mm double point needles (or size to obtain gauge). wristlet: US 10.5/6.5mm straight needles only.
Designed by Sue Burke
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This knitting pattern for long fingerless mitts designed by Kathy Reed are modern essentials for all of us who need to answer a phone or punch at a GPS in wintertime. Worked in woolen spun Clun Forest yarn, the mitts are soft and very gift-worthy quick knits.
Yarn: 1 skein Clun Forest
Sizes: small (medium, large)
Skills: knitting in the round, increasing, simple cables, reading charts
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Needles: size 4 / 4 mm double pointed needles
Designed by Kathy Reed
Knitting pattern designed by Gillian Grimm. A soft, simple tunic-style vest that has limited shaping and is perfect for layering on a crisp fall morning.
While lovely knit in one color, this vest would also look great using two complimentary colors for the lower & upper sections of the garment.
Yarn: Solitude Wool Montadale light (90% Montadale wool, 10% nylon), four (or five) skeins
Sizes: six adult sizes, 33” to 56” bust & hip circumference
Skills: knitting in the round, purling, increasing, decreasing
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Needles: Size 5 (US) / 3.75 mm circular knitting needle in 24” / 60 cm length or size to obtain gauge
We love this smart knitting pattern designed by Pamela Wynne. A tartan hat is classic, but you don’t always want the thick fabric of stranded color work. This simple hat is worked in horizontal stripes in the round, with columns of rib stitches where the vertical contrast stripes will go. After finishing the knitting, the vertical stripes are added as easy crocheted slip stitches.
Yarn: 1 skein each Llama-rama! dyed in the wool yarn
Sizes: Adult XS (S, M, L, XL) Circumference: 16.5 (18, 19.5, 21, 22.5)" / 42 (46, 50, 53, 57) cm, unstretched. Two length options: fitted beanie or slouchy beanie
Skills: knitting, purling, decreasing, knitting in the round, simple crochet slip stitch
Level of difficulty: easy
Needles: size 2.5 (US) / 2.75 mm circular knitting needle in 16" / 41 cm length or size to obtain gauge; size 2.5 (US) / 2.75 mm double pointed needles; size D (US) / 3.25 mm crochet hook
designed by Pamela Wynne
this easy kimono-collared vest knitting pattern has sloped shoulders & an easy-to-learn random slip stitch pattern that creates the vertical pattern stripes.
selecting the color pairings of Romney semi-worsted spun (in a solid) and the handprinted Tunis double twist yarns is almost as fun as knitting it. vest can be knit in waist or hip length.
Yarn: A: Romney semi-worsted and B: Tunis double twist
18" waist-length version: 3 skeins [A] Romney, 1 skein [B] Tunis double twist
24" hip-length version: 4 (4,5) skeins [A] Romney, 2 skeins [B] Tunis double twist
Sizes: finished bust circumference: small 38 (medium 40, large 44" / 96 (102, 112) cm two lengths: waist-length 18" / 46 cm or hip-length 24" / 61 cm
Level of difficulty: intermediate
Needles: Size 10 (US)/6 mm straight and 29" / 735 mm circular needles
designed by Joan R. Hutton