Moorit Brown Shetland, 4-ply ball

Undyed organic wool knitting yarn

Breed: Shetland
Colour: Moorit
Thickness: 4 ply
Ball size: 50g
Length: 175m
Tension: 27 sts x 32 rows to 10cm over st st using size 10 needles

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Moorit is the northern name of a rich red-brown colour, typical of several native breeds of sheep. It is a strong colour to use alone and it works well as a background colour for very traditional Norwegian style patterns. I have been particularly pleased with using it with toning or contrasting colours to create a close pattern using diagonal stripes or zigzags. See the gallery for illustrations of these ideas. We have this same thickness of yarn in a total of nine Shetland colours, tweed-grey and charcoal from the Jacobs and a rich chocolate black from the Hebrideans.

Shetland 4 ply is our yarn that is best suited for light lacy fabrics. Traditional Shetland lace shawls were made of a single ply called fingering and were so fine that they could be passed through a wedding ring! This 4 ply is our finest wool but is not quite as thin, so your shawl may not thread through your ring. Nonetheless, it gives some of the same feeling of delicacy in the fabric and is very warm for its weight.

We have also found its softness very comfortable for socks, but as it is pure wool you will find it worth remembering (or if you are under about 50 years old, learning) how to darn. One solution is to reinforce the heels with our harder wearing Hebridean wool. These are creative activities for which you can make use of the range of colours!

Additional information

Weight 0.05 kg
Dimensions 13 × 7 × 7 cm