Yeoman Yarns was founded over 30 years ago, and our family business has continued to grow whilst many have faltered; we put this down to a combination of service, product range, and quality .We have always reinvested in the business, and today as a predominantly mail order on-line business, unless we have the finance to hold all our comprehensive range in stock, we couldn’t support the level of service required in today’s fast-moving, demanding on-line market place. We aim to despatch all orders within 48 hrs, and a 24 hr service is also available and used by many clients. We have always been suppliers of yarn in natural and synthetics, classic and fancy, and because we are also suppliers to the knitwear manufacturing industry, we have an inside-track on design and colour trends, and so whether you are a hand or machine knitter, or designer, or indeed a textile college, all receive the same quality as the most exacting of retailers. The majority of yarn comes from Italy, predominantly made for us exclusively, and processed from start to finish under strict European standards, including Oeketex dyeing standards which ensure total conformity to safety and work ethics. We do NOT source from Far East nor from Turkey (mainly for quality reasons) preferring to work closely with Italian spinners for colour and design flair and just a very few UK sources, as most of our home spinning industry has long since disappeared.
All of our yarn on cone is freshly waxed on our state-of-the-art winding machines before despatch which ensures the yarn is ready to knit, the build is firm, and the consistency from start to finish on a cone ensures equally consistent knitting tensions throughout (per the price list all yarns come as a guaranteed weight, but on request you can order smaller weights on each cone if you contact us specially at the time of ordering). Our objective is to supply the highest quality possible, so we are not the cheapest in the market, but one thing is for sure, you are not getting end-of line or seconds quality, but new yarn made specifically for us, and wherever practical repeatable for a long period of time in the wide colour choice shown on the cards. We do of course drop colours which simply do not sell; equally we try to stay up-to-date with new colours added at any point in time.
We welcome telephone calls if you wish to discuss anything, please ask for Jackie, Gill, Glen or Tony, telephone: 0116 2404464.
You will see on the homepage of our website the guarantee we offer, but put simply we offer a NO QUIBBLE guarantee if you wish to return yarn within 14 days, provided it has not been used. In the unlikely event that there is a quality problem, and we can honestly say complaints are rarer than hen’s teeth! we of course will either accept back the yarn or replace it.
Unless stated otherwise most of our yarns are machine washable, and details are on both colour cards and cone wrappers .We pride ourselves on a fabulous range of merinos detailed later in this Catalogue, and these are made for us specially to be machine washable. We still of course recommend gentle wash cycles, but the machine wash treatment we have applied gives you a very robust wear performance and a bit of extra “safety margin” compared with “shrink resist” finishes which are simply not as safe in general wear, but from some yarn suppliers are the best they can offer.
Please always rinse knitwear well, especially whites, otherwise the optical agents in the detergents left in the garment when wet and exposed to strong direct sunlight can cause yellowing.
Knitting multiple ends
In the knitwear industry manufacturers are accustomed to knitting multiple ends per feeder, and there is no reason why you can’t do the same. For example, 2 ends of 2ply into the same feeder makes 4ply, and with a chunky machine by knitting 2 ends of 4ply you produce in fact a dk thickness. The added bonus of knitting 2 ends into the same feeder, especially on chunky machines, is when you come to a knot it is diluted in only half the yarn thickness so the knot is a great deal less visible. We seriously recommend, for example, that our nice round 4ply merinos and acrylics can be used with great effect on chunky patterns by knitting 2 ends without the need to hunt around for a heavy hand knit or dk yarn on cone. Or of course simply hand knit our heavier yarns.
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2/30 HB Acrylic
Probably the original yarn for home knitting many, many years ago, but still a reliable and easy yarn to use. Please note our hi-viz colours.
Supersheen 1 ply 100% bright acrylic on 350g cone
Ideal for either mixing with yarns like Poodle and Grigna, or using alone for soft shiny silky fabric. Supersheen is also ideal for knitting sideways with a few courses between the rows of the main yarn to create pleats; an old trick to make really very effective pleats is to use either the same colour or a contrast or toning Supersheen depending on the effect you wish to create.
Fettucina Ribbon 4 ply
This is a fine acrylic knitted into a tape yarn and is very resistant to pilling and very stable.
The standard 4ply acrylic on 500g cones for all family knitting, whether for children or adults, for knitwear, scarves, beanies, etc. It’s the basic yarn used for home knitting since home machine knitting started so many years ago, but what our yarn offers you that nobody else offers is that we dye it ourselves to our own huge colour range of classics and fashion colours, it’s hank-dyed for optimum handle and roundness, and the twist in both the singles and folding imparts to our yarn shape, stability and high pilling resistance. You won’t find our colour range anywhere else but through us or our stockists, it’s exclusive to Yeoman Yarns, it performs superbly in wash and wear during the lifetime of the item you have knitted, and it is repeatable year in, year out. Once again note our hi-viz colours.
Brittany 400g cone
3ply soft matt cotton in a vast graded range and especially suitable for Passap machines, or fairisle, by the way…
(Please note: in single bed plain fabrics a folded cotton yarn like Brittany may show some slight spirality, there is no plasticity in natural cotton, so it can’t be steamed to other than its natural shape, so if your design permits we do suggest to try to make a double-bed (ribber) fabric if practical).
We run a limited range to meet the demand for organic cotton, and the production process and growing procedures are regularly checked and authenticated by approved licensees, and covered by a certificate known as a GOTS certificate. We can supply a copy of this certificate if needed.
NEW Yeoman 4ply soft combed cotton
A range of over 20 colours, this 400 grams cone of soft matt cotton is safe to use on most 4ply patterns, and the yarn is stable to machine washing @ 4o degrees. Fastness is as full grade 4, which is the standard set by all respectable retailers and ensures no cross-staining if washed correctly.
Yeoman Dk soft cotton
A good colour range, for a machine knitter ideal on chunky machines, and for a hand knitter it gives 400g of cotton on cone with hardly a knot at all. It has become one of our best-selling cotton yarns and is priced to make summer knitting inexpensive!
Cannele mercerised 4ply cotton
This is our oldest and most-sold cotton yarn, being a cabled 4ply, on 245g cones and a super graded colour range, knits a dream, machine washes coming out like new every time, and a hit for knitters, rafters, crocheters everywhere .It has many specialised end-uses as the yarn sheds no fibre and the shiny mercerised character lasts a lifetime. We just love this yarn.
4ply Perle soft mercerised cotton
To compliment Cannele, we have introduced 4 ply mercerised Perle, a soft cotton, shiny and quite different to Cannele which is corded; it drapes well, shows colour magnificently, and as our newest yarn is just beginning to establish itself as a “must” for light summer tops.
CK2 slub... on the Brittany range card it’s a cotton club 3ply available only in ecru, knit alone or with other cottons for textured character in your sweater.
Lincot 3 ply 62% linen marl /38% cotton (also on the Brittany colour card)
Imparting a very classical marl linen effect especially if knitted alone. Due to the nature of linen, it needs to be washed and rinsed after knitting, the rinsing is most important to clear away any residual natural linen colouring, the linen will then lighten slightly, but still retain all its natural character.
Panama 4ply cotton/ acrylic 50/50
A very popular yarn, and “famous” for its wash and wear performance. Particularly suitable for babies and youngsters.
A small range of 4ply, Aran, and craft cotton for all those end-uses which are best with a simple heavy cotton. Mainly in natural or white.
Panama dk cotton/acrylic 50/50 100gr ball
We introduced this several years ago as a great hand knit yarn, on ball, but many knitters use it also on their chunky machines.
Sari 3 ply 55 cotton/20 linen/25 acrylic
The feature of this yarn is the natural earthy colours in which we offer it, with a slub to increase the character, and for a summer top it’s the yarn which does the work in simple plain structures.
(Polo 1 ply and Sport 4ply)
Our merinos are very special yarns, using the finest ultra-long smooth 19.5 micron super merino wool; the handle of Cashmere without the horrendous price and no finishing needed. We have our merinos specially dyed for us with a full machine-wash treatment, so we are supplying a yarn which is a joy to wear and with care will last you many years and stay smart. The merinos are rare fibres, from only a few countries around the globe, the fibre is very fine hence the handle, and the smooth nature imparts great colour value whichever shade you choose. All this care performance and exclusivity means it’s not the cheapest yarn in the world, but these merinos have become in 1 and 4ply our best selling yarns, and illustrates the trend we find that knitters like to work with quality yarns to compliment the many hours they put into their skilled pastime.
This yarn is spun by the traditional “woollen spinning” process, during which natural oils are present, so a post-knitting wash is necessary which removes these oils and imparts to the knitted fabric a softer handle and “Shetland/lambswool” appearance. Any good detergent is all that is needed to wash the fabric at 30 degrees. We recommend you trial a small panel first.
Cashmix Sublime 1 ply
We introduced this yarn to meet the demand for cashmere. Pure cashmere today is more than £100 for 300-500g cone! And in fact the demand for pure cashmere is in decline due to the necessity to wash after knitting, the high cost, and the market being flooded with cheap Chinese cashmere sweaters which pill madly; so our cashmere blend of 10cashmere/90 merino meets the demand for some cashmere at a sensible price. It does not need a finishing wash after knitting , and it performs much, much better than pure Cashmere. However... you still get a cleaner surface, at a much lower cost, and full machine wash ability from pure merinos Polo and Sport unless you definitely want cashmere in the yarn.
Fifty/fifty ‘Volga’ 3ply pure new wool/acrylic
A firmer handle than the merinos, but a really round bulky yarn in a good colour range with some added emphasis on men’s colourings .Ideal for fairisle work, it’s very popular for knitters seeking a finer yarn than a classic 4 ply; many use this yarn instead of pure British wool as it has no residual oils in it, much lighter and bulkier than the pure wool option, and of course machine washable.
Aran knit 25wool/75 acrylic
Just available in ecru, either hand knitted or for chunky machines, on a 400 gram ball, it’s a basic for anybody wanting a simple Aran knit yarn at an economy price.
Felting wool pure 1 ply dyed untreated wool
This yarn is specifically designed for felting effects, so the process is to knit and then wash at least @ 50 or 60 degrees to impart a felted effect. Trial panels are recommended so that you arrive at the effect sought. Felting is simply excessive shrinkage at temperatures of 40 degrees and over and can only be achieved on pure wool and only by using specially untreated product which has neither shrink resist nor machine wash finish on it. It is a process which is often in the curriculum of knitting courses, and this yarn of ours does the job exactly as described.
Kajam Chunky weight (25 alpaca/25 wool/50 acrylic)
This lovely hand and machine yarn on 400 gram cones is a delight to knit with and has become one of our most popular “fancy” yarns. We have several hand knit patterns, but it also makes a great machine knit yarn for chunky machines. The yarn “does the work”; the colour range has very recently been extended due to popular demand.
Chenille 4 ply of 500g cone
Chenille comes and goes as a fashion theme, but along with weaving applications it is becoming very popular again; our yarn wears well but chenille is chenille, so it’s fair to say that it does not resist abrasion as well as a classic yarn. For optimum abrasion resistance some knitters will do a fairisle design with another 4 ply to support the chenille, but we also must say that today’s chenille is a huge, huge improvement on that of say 10 years ago, and there really is no substitute for the effect chenille imparts to your knitting.
Grigna 400g cone 65 viscose/35 acrylic
This yarn has a popular gimp to it, and the viscose imparts the shine, so in solid colours in particular it really does look very smart indeed. Maybe try pleating it sideways with Supersheen or another finer yarn, but the yarn in simple plain fabric does all the work so to speak and so intricate structures are not needed. The colours of solids or mixtures gives the knitter a truly wide choice of effect.
These shiny tape yarns in 4ply come on 100g cones so you can use as effect yarn, so “woven-in” to your knit structure, or used alone.
Pellonia 4ply special microfiber nylon
Light as a feather, you will have seen this yarn in retailer’s knitwear for several years now, and is still popular, and if in addition you cannot wear mohair but want visible surface effect, this surely is a solution?
Poodle 3 ply acrylic/nylon boucle yarn
The fashion for boucle comes and goes over the years, and so if you seek a textured effect especially in, say, skirts or semi-formal tops this yarn does the job. It’s often knitted with another 1 or 2ply plain yarn like Supersheen or 2/30 Acrylic, either matching or contrast.
Silk Bourette 4ply
The natural “raw” silk for this yarn comes from silk worms in Uzbekistan, and spun in Italy. A warm hand wash is recommended after knitting, even better with a fabric softener because natural silk has a sort of earthy odour (as indeed does raw wool before processing and washing) which will disappear after it has been washed and softened. Its rustic appearance is the effect customers seek.
Fine Crepe: 1 ply 92acrylic/8 nylon
This fine crepe yarn has excellent drape and shape retention, and is ideal for dresses used either alone or with another fine yarn like Supersheen. If you seek a heavier crepe then we suggest knitting multiple ends knitted in each feeder, as we no longer offer the heavier crepe we used to have in our range.
We offer Elastomeric in 26 colours, which should be knitted either with another yarn, especially in the rib for shape retention and recovery (snap) or in sock ribs, or used 100% for special hi-stretch performance fabrics. Many textile colleges use the Elastomeric as work in hi-stretch applications as this type of yarn is in the college course curriculum.
Fluid (viscose stretch) 1ply
Knitted alone and preferably on a finer gauge machine, the result is an ultra-soft handle with modest stretch, the elastane being designed not for “snap”, but mainly for shape retention. The viscose is soft and semi-lustrous and sits on the surface of the yarn to impart the fabulous handle. It is an industrial yarn and has become one of the biggest fashion items across the globe in the last 5-7 years.
Drawthread (a thick or a thin version)
Predominantly used to separate garment panels on continuous individual panel knitting, it does make life a lot easier for the regular knitter using domestic machines and repeat panels.
The trend some years ago was for very high percentage heavy mohair yarns, mainly either hand knitted or machine-knitted on heavy gauge industrial machines, but the requirement these days is for light-as-air mohair with a nice handle and no weight in the finished sweater, and Elsa fits the bill...
Elsa 3 ply 30 kid mohair/40acrylic/30 nylon
One or two 300g cones is usually enough to make a sweater, knit 1 or 2 ends, but the secret to knitting light soft mohair is to knit it very slackly and then wash the panel to release the mohair fibre which gets trapped during the knitting process. Elsa is really only a 1-2 ply yarn but must be knitted as a 3 ply. A bit of small panel experimentation is recommended to arrive at the effect you seek (Elsa is basically a boucle yarn with loops and after dyeing the yarn itself is brushed on a big drum, and this process brushes away the loops and leaves the long mohair fibre to be later released after the garment or panel is washed to give a lovely soft handle). We sell a lot of this yarn these days, I must say. We love this yarn!
Tibet is a blend of 25silk/50 merino wool/25 nylon in 3ply, growing in popularity, and actually now used also by many craft weavers. It’s on a convenient 450g cone.
You have a choice here between using Rexor/Lurex which is a very fine metallic yarn and is used by knitting in the same feeder as another (main) yarn to impart sparkle/shine, or Starlight in dk or 4 ply to be used by themselves .
Manila 2 ply acetate luxury yarn
This yarn is best knitted alone, it imparts a luxury silky viscose-type handle and drape, and is especially suitable for evening wear.
You will see from the price list that there are 7 options of plies, fibres and types etc. and we think these packs can be especially suitable for people learning to knit on machine (or indeed hand)
at minimal cost, and also ideal for colleges seeking practice yarn or starter packs. We virtually never get any returns, so this says something about the quality and choice we offer, and we have 2 ladies who make our packs, so they are expert at giving what the customer wants. It’s a great way to get a group of yarns to experiment with, and we do not give you “floor sweepings” but usually a minimum of 500-600 grams per cone of yarn. The more info you can give us on colour, on ply, etc. the better we can tailor the pack to your requirements, and the box towards the end of the on-line ordering is there for this info.
From our website: www.yeoman-yarns.co.uk NOTES!
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
All our yarns are illustrated in every colour on our website, and using the shopping trolley we have tried to make buying on-line an enjoyable experience. At the end of ordering and before payment there is a box into which you can place any special instructions or requests or comments to help us with your order. If you live in an apartment, or shared house with others, often the case with students, please spare a thought for the courier or postman, and try to send your order to your college/tutor with your name also noted, it’s so much easier than having to chase a delivery note pushed through your letter box. Thank you
Payment is by credit or debit card or PayPal. The system is totally encrypted, and under our contractual conditions we are obliged after order completion to destroy you card payment details. Any outstanding orders, we will contact you when the missing item is ready to send to you, for your current payment information.
Export: We do lots of this, anywhere and everywhere and we love doing it! Within EEC we charge VAT, outside it is VAT free. When a non-EEC order is received we quote you the extra carriage cost, and can only proceed once you approve this. Within EEC the computer on-line calculates and shows the extra carriage cost.
We carry a range of both hand and machine patterns, however over the years we have found that many machine knitters are more than happy to design their own garments, which of course is one of the features on machine knitting, so I suppose we could say we are slightly “lazy” in terms of the number and frequency of new machine knit patterns, and leave a lot to knitters creativity; of course as all our yarns fall into ply categories, you will be able to use a pattern from most publications and find in our collection a suitable, reliable, repeatable ply.
Designer packages for bona fide businesses are available, Please ask; also for retail yarn stockists.
Distributors: on our site you will find distributor/retail details for stockist in UK and in a number of export markets.
Shade cards: the packs are available, as you know from ordering this collection, but individual cards can be sent at any time at no charge so you can see the yarn you are going to buy.
Buying @ Kibworth.
We have a very modest mill shop at Kibworth, so you are very welcome to visit and wander around our yarn racks and winding section, so please just let us know you are coming first...
0116 2404464. We are not open at the weekend. Sorry.
If you have managed to read all this information then already you have won some serious Brownie points! So we now look forward to you enjoying our yarns as much as we have enjoyed selling them for over 30 years….regards and thank you.
The Team from Yeoman!