Product description

Shelter’s smaller sibling, Loft is a 2-ply fingering weight yarn, gently woolen-spun from soft, springy American Targhee-Columbia wool. This distinctive spinning process gives Loft a unique bounce and airiness, with a traditionally handcrafted appearance, ideal for lightweight garments and accessories, lace, and nuanced colorwork. Handle gently while knitting, then wet block to see Loft bloom into full beauty.

Q: Why are some Loft colors sold out?

A: The closure of our long-time production partner G.J Littlewood & Son in late 2021 left us unable to stock dye unspun wool for our iconic heathered colorways of Shelter, Loft and Quarry. After months of hard work by our team and our wonderful production partners, heathers are making a comeback! 

Read our blog post The Road To Restock to learn more.

View the Loft Lookbook.

Shop patterns in Loft.

Read our color descriptions.

Purchase a shade card.

View our retired colors.

Share on social #LoftYarn

 

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Loft

2-ply Woolen-Spun Fingering Weight

  • Targhee-Columbia Wool
  • Wyoming
Color
$18.75 / 275 yards ($0.07/yd) Regular price
  • Product description

    Shelter’s smaller sibling, Loft is a 2-ply fingering weight yarn, gently woolen-spun from soft, springy American Targhee-Columbia wool. This distinctive spinning process gives Loft a unique bounce and airiness, with a traditionally handcrafted appearance, ideal for lightweight garments and accessories, lace, and nuanced colorwork. Handle gently while knitting, then wet block to see Loft bloom into full beauty.

    Q: Why are some Loft colors sold out?

    A: The closure of our long-time production partner G.J Littlewood & Son in late 2021 left us unable to stock dye unspun wool for our iconic heathered colorways of Shelter, Loft and Quarry. After months of hard work by our team and our wonderful production partners, heathers are making a comeback! 

    Read our blog post The Road To Restock to learn more.

    View the Loft Lookbook.

    Shop patterns in Loft.

    Read our color descriptions.

    Purchase a shade card.

    View our retired colors.

    Share on social #LoftYarn

     

  • Specs

    • 275 yards (251 meters) | 50 grams | Fingering weight
    • 2-ply woolen-spun construction
    • 23-24 micron Targhee-Columbia wool from Wyoming
    • Wool scoured at Bollman Industries, San Angelo, TX
    • Heathered colorways:
      • Stock dyed at Bollman Industries, Adamstown, PA
      • Spun & finished at Harrisville Designs, Harrisville, NH
    • Solid colors:
      • Spun at Harrisville Designs, Harrisville, NH
      • Skein dyed at Caledonian Dyeworks, Philadelphia, PA
      • Finished at Clemson Winding, Philadelphia, PA
    100% developed, sourced, processed, dyed and spun in the USA.


    Fiber Characteristics

    We source Targhee-Columbia wool from Wyoming to make Shelter, Loft, and Quarry – this breed’s lofty, warmth-trapping fleeces deftly combine the softness and elasticity of finewool Targhee with the robust substance and warmth of mediumwool Columbia. This fiber’s versatile mingling of wearability and durability particularly shines in woolen-spun yarns and is wonderful for next-to-skin wear, outerwear, and heirloom pieces for the home.

    Learn more about the woolen-spun process and get tips for working with woolen-spun yarns.

    Dye Process

    To create each heathered colorway of Loft, we combine brightly dyed hues of unspun wool in precise proportions, as if mixing paint. When spun into yarn, these saturated solids meld into complex and beautiful blends that give vibrant depth to even the simplest knitted fabrics. The entire palette is created from a handful of base colors, ensuring harmonious coordination in colorwork projects or when pairing hand knitted garments and accessories. 

    Our solid colors of Loft are spun from undyed white wool, then skein dyed into brilliant nature-inspired shades that pair beautifully with our heathered colorways.

  • Gauges

    As a result of its airy woolen-spun construction, Loft works well at a wonderful range of gauges and can be used interchangeably with Tones Light:

    • 6 - 8 stitches to 1"
    • Suggested Needle: 2 - 3.5 mm (US 0 - 4)
    • Suggested Hook: 2.25 - 4 mm (US B-1 - G-6)
  • Care

    Loft is a handcrafted product. For best results, we recommend alternating skeins when joining in a new skein for even color distribution.

    When you need a little more tensile strength, whether for seaming or because you’re about to put a group of stitches under pressure with a big cabling maneuver, simply twirl your working yarn a few revolutions in the direction of the ply twist to strengthen it.

    For extra durability, you may wish to seam your Loft projects with Tones Light or a worsted-spun yarn.

    Wet-Blocking

    1. Fill a sink or basin with cold water.
    2. Submerge the fabric in water, gently squeezing out any air bubbles so that the piece can remain under water without being held there.
    3. Soak work for 15 minutes, allowing fabric to become completely saturated.
    4. Remove excess moisture by rolling your fabric between clean, dry towels with light pressure.
    5. Lay fabric flat and shape to air dry.

    For more detailed instructions, visit our Blocking 101 tutorial.

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