Why British Wool is Your New Best Friend in Knitting and Crocheting

Why British Wool is Your New Best Friend in Knitting and Crocheting


Today, I want to chat about something close to my heart: the fantastic world of British wool. We all love our cosy knitting projects, and there's something extra special about knowing that the yarn we're using is not only top-notch but also sustainable and durable. Let's dive into why British wool is the bee's knees and why you should definitely consider adding it to your stash.

Lord of the rings meme of Boromir, the text reads "One does not simply knit with any wool". The image has a small Woollen Wytch logo next to the text.


First things first, let's talk sustainability. We all know the planet needs a bit of TLC, and choosing British wool is a great way to give back to Mother Earth. British wool comes from sheep raised on the lush, green pastures of the UK. These woolly wonders graze on natural vegetation, and their wool is a renewable resource that regrows year after year. Talk about a win-win!

Plus, buying local wool reduces your carbon footprint. When you opt for yarn produced in the UK, you're cutting down on the emissions associated with long-distance transportation. It's a small step that makes a big difference. And let's not forget, supporting local farmers and indie dyers (like yours truly!) helps keep the wool industry thriving. 🌱

The Six Guiding Principles

British Wool board has six guiding principles that not only distinguish it from other brands but also provide customers confidence that they are making the best decision possible. These principles guarantee that when you choose British wool, you're not only getting an excellent product but also supporting a system that values animals, the environment, and local communities.

  1. Animal Welfare: Ensuring sheep are well-cared for.
  2. Environmental Stewardship: Promoting sustainable farming practices.
  3. Quality Assurance: Maintaining high standards from farm to fiber.
  4. Fair Trade: Supporting fair prices for farmers.
  5. Innovation: Encouraging new uses and markets for wool.
  6. Community Support: Strengthening rural communities.


The British Wool Board's shepherd crook logo is a mark of quality and authenticity. It signifies that the wool has been sourced from British sheep and meets the rigorous standards set by the British Wool Board. This certification ensures that the wool is of high quality, has been sustainably and ethically produced, and supports British farmers. 

You might notice that Woollen Wytch yarn doesn’t carry the British Wool Board’s shepherd crook logo. As much as we’d love to showcase this symbol, gaining the necessary certifications can be quite expensive for a small indie dyer like us.

But don’t worry! Our commitment to quality and sustainability remains unwavering. We source our yarn from suppliers who are certified by the British Wool Board, ensuring that all our fibres meet the highest standards of British wool. So, while the shepherd crook logo isn’t on our labels, you can trust that the wool in your hands is truly top-notch and authentically British.

Shepherd's Crook Logo | British Wool



Durability: Built to Last

Now, let's move on to durability. British wool is renowned for its strength and resilience. Whether you're knitting a cozy sweater, a snug pair of socks, or a stylish scarf, you can rest assured that your creations will stand the test of time. British wool is naturally robust, meaning it can withstand the daily wear and tear that comes with being a well-loved garment.

This yarn is tough, reliable, and perfect for projects that need to endure. No more worries about pilling or fraying—just beautiful, long-lasting knits.

Quality: Feel the Difference

There's nothing quite like the feel of high-quality British wool running through your fingers. It's soft, warm, and has a wonderful texture that makes every stitch a pleasure. Whether you're working with hand dyed yarn from an indie dyer in Somerset or a natural, undyed skein, the quality is undeniable.

British wool also offers a fantastic variety of textures and types, from the soft and fine fibres of Bluefaced Leicester to the sturdy and rustic feel of Shetland wool. Each type brings its own unique character to your knitting projects, allowing for endless creativity and exploration.


Banish the Itchy Stigma

Let’s address the elephant in the room: the dreaded itch factor. There’s a lingering stigma that all wool is scratchy and uncomfortable. But, my dear yarn enthusiasts, not all wool is created equal. British wool comes in a fantastic variety of textures and types, from the soft and fine fibres of Bluefaced Leicester to the sturdy and rustic feel of Shetland wool.

High-quality British wool can be incredibly soft and luxurious. It's all about choosing the right breed and processing method. So next time you hear someone say wool is itchy, hand them a skein of British Bluefaced Leicester, and watch them become a believer.

Many of the sheep breeds found in the UK have fleeces that are perfectly adapted for the colder elements of British weather. In many cases this wool is thicker and coarser than wool from for example merino sheep, which are originally from Portugal and Spain and are now farmed extensively in New Zealand.

The coarsest wool from British Sheep is too coarse for clothing so is used for British Wool carpets.

The Itch Factor And Warmth

So what does all this mean? Most people find micron lengths above 30 itchy, while some are more sensitive and struggle to wear anything above 20 microns directly next to their skin.

British Wool jumpers sit probably on the cusp of this itch factor, some can be coarser, especially wools such as Jacob (28 – 35 microns), some can be finer, especially when mixed with softer non British wool.

It really depends on the yarn used for each jumper, they will never be as soft as cotton or merino (although BFL comes close!) but can still be comfortable worn next to bare skin and most importantly, they are some of the warmest jumpers you’ll ever wear.

Why Woollen Wytch?

Now, I know what you're thinking: "This all sounds amazing, but where can I get my hands on some of this fantastic British wool?" Well, look no further! I'm passionate about offering the finest hand dyed yarn with Woollen Wytch, lovingly crafted right here in the UK.

As an indie dyer based in the heart of Somerset, I pour my heart and soul into creating beautiful, unique yarns that reflect the stunning landscapes around me. Each skein is a work of art, perfect for your next knitting adventure. Plus, when you shop with Woollen Wytch, you're supporting local businesses and the British wool industry—what's not to love?

Join the British Wool Revolution

So, why not make your next project a celebration of British wool? Head over to the Woollen Wytch shop and explore our gorgeous selection of hand dyed yarns. Grab your knitting needles and the planet will thank you!


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