Karakul Yarn

  • Solitude partner Sue Bundy raises Karakul sheep at her farm RedGate and this is one our favorite wools. We are one of the few sources of Karakul Yarn in the US. It is fabulously feltable, exceptionally insulating and extrememly strong, but, it's quite coarse and has no elasticity. The undyed colors are heathered and beautiful, but it takes dye brilliantly. Traditionally used for rugs, it is also great for hard wearing items, knit-to-felt projects and weaving. The balls are the same yarn as in our skeins and cones, but a smaller amount wound into center pull balls. We made these to create knit-to-felt coasters in two or three colors. Free (maybe…have to consult with the designer) pattern available. Great for accent colors on any Karakul project.
  • design: 2-ply, semi-worsted spun with both coats together. Quite coarse, a little hairy and very strong!
    size: worsted weight, 13 wpi
    suggested needles: 6 (US) or large (9, 10+) for knit-to-felt projects
    length: Skeins: approximately 130 yards/121 meters; Balls: 30 yards/ 27 meters.
    weight: 3.2 oz./90 grams (black is heavier: 4.5 oz/127 grams)
    gauge: varies between colors, 4-4.2 sts. per inch on sizes 8-9 (US)
    care: yarn is pre-washed. hand wash warm with NO agitation, lay flat to dry or can be dry cleaned.
  • fiber source: hand selected fleeces from RedGate Farm in Leesburg, Virginia
    fiber content: 100% Karakul wool.
    Karakul are possibly the oldest domesticated sheep breed. Rare in North America, Karakul are fat tail sheep native to Central Asia. A Primitive breed, they have a long hair outer coat that protects them from the weather and a softer down undercoat for warmth. They come in a wide range of natural colors from whites, to silvers, reds, gray and black. The fleece is sheared twice a year and has very little lanolin, making it easy to scour. It is one of the best felting wools.

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