TEXTURES ARE THE NEW SPECKLES

WHAT IS WEST WOOL?

West Wool is a new yarn brand designed and produced by Malia Mae Joseph & Stephen West, owners of Stephen & Penelope in Amsterdam. Our passion for quality wool in fresh modern colours resulted in two introductory bases to satisfy the cravings of fellow yarn connoisseurs. The extensive color range represents our passion for sophisticated neutrals and subtle shades combined with playful colour pops to bring a dynamic quality to your knitting. Our palette is ideal for colourwork whether your inclinations guide you toward classic stranded knitting, graphic stripes, or plush brioche stitch. 

We are eager to share our fiber fascinations with you as we design yarns and patterns, and collaborate with our favorite makers along the way. As West Wool grows and expands into new directions, we aim to stretch your imagination and invigorate your senses with the wonders of wool. West Wool is a new direction in knitting where texture meets colour.

INTRODUCING TWO NEW YARN BASES

Amsterdammers are rarely seen without bikes just as knitters rarely leave the house without yarn and needles in tow. So, it only seemed appropriate to incorporate Amsterdam, the city of bikes, into our debut yarn names. 

Bicycle, a 2-ply fingering weight wool, is perfect for use with lace and garter stitch. The 3-ply DK weight Tandem base gives beautifully smooth and clear stitch definition while the touch of Texel makes cables and textures really pop. The robust non-superwash nature of Bicycle and Tandem is crisp yet still very soft. If you are a lace lover or can’t seem to knit enough Westknits shawls, then you will appreciate the fluidity of the soft Falkland fibers as well. 

Gauge listed below and on the labels represents gauge for a sturdily knit garment and should be taken as a guide. Garments and accessories designed with more drape can easily employ a much looser stitch gauge.

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390y / 350m = 100g

2.5 - 3.5mm / US 1 - US 4

26 st  &  32 rows to 10cm/4 "  

2 ply

250y / 230m = 100g           

3.5 - 4.5mm / US 4 - US 7

22 st  &  28 rows to 10cm/4"

3 ply

WE REALLY LOVE WOOL

To create our ideal yarn, we chose a foundation of 90% Falkland Merino, which is renowned for its softness and purity. To this we added a dash of 10% Texel, a classic Dutch breed whose generous staple and crimp characteristics lend airiness and extra durability without impacting the yarn’s overall next-to-skin softness. 

Both yarn weights are created with the same unique blend of Falkland Merino and Texel. By blending the 32+ micron Texel with Merino, we’ve created a blend with exceeding loft and character. Thicker fibres like those in Texel wool don’t compress easily, creating more space in the spun yarn which means more air can get in. More air means more warmth, and taking full advantage of one of the best properties of wool. Blending the Merino with a more robust yarn that has a bit more bite to it also means this yarn will be more suitable for cables and colourwork like Fair Isle, mosaic, and brioche knitting - while still remaining soft to the touch.

90% Falkland Merino

10% Texel

WHERE CAN I FIND WEST WOOL?

The Offical launch for West Wool is the 15th of February. Yarn can be purchased from then forward.

Check our links then to be the first to get it on the needles.

West Wool is coming to Stephen & Penelope in Amsterdam, and in their online store. You can find West Wool at some upcoming yarn festivals as well!