We created an all-seasons DK weight yarn showcasing the beauty of natural wool. We worked with upstate New York-based Battenkill Fibers mill to spin lustrous Romney with soft Merino wool, raised in the American West, into a worsted 2-ply DK weight.
We started with a perfect neutral palette using only the natural tones from the fleeces themselves. Our lightest shade, Quartz 01, is a creamy ivory, subtly flecked with black fiber for added interest and texture. Quartz 02 was spun from a beautiful variety of silver and brown fleeces, creating a heather yarn with subdued warmth and slight varigation. Our deepest gradient color, Quartz 03, is a rare bird in millspun yarn: A deep charcoal created from black and silver fleeces to make an onyx yarn, with enough texture and silver for stitch definition to shine. To this natural neutral pallet we have added a new series of colors dyed in the American Northeast.
This Romney and Merino yarn is versatile in its application. The long staple length of Romney wool creates a drape and slink to finished knits, making it a wonderful yarn for open summery cardigans, flowing shawls, and hearty pullovers. Feel free to experiment with large needles well beyond the standard range for DK weight yarn.
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This shawl’s slipped stitch pattern paired with the warm natural brown of the Quartz 02 Merino + Romney colorway was inspired by the speckling of an owl’s feather. Wrap this shawl over shoulders, or snug around the neck as a triangle scarf.
81 ¼” / 206.5 cm wingspan and 27” / 68.5 cm deep
Yardage: Approx. 250 yds [228 m] / 100g skein
Gauge: 6 sts per inch on size US 5 needle
5 sts per inch on US 7 needle
Fibers: 40% Romney: hand-selected farms in the Hudson Valley of New York; 60% Merino: American West
Spun: Upstate New York
Dyed: North Carolina or Pennsylvania
*For Quartz 02 colorway, we recommend alternating skeins. Because a combination of natural colored fleeces were used to make this yarn, skeins have slight variegation.