Fiber Content: 100% Peruvian Highland Wool
Weight: Worsted Weight
Knitting Gauge: 4.5 - 5 sts = 1" on #6 - 9 needles (4.0mm-5.5mm)
Crochet Gauge: 11–14 sc = 4'' on I - K hooks (5.5 mm-6.5 mm)
Yards: 110
Grams: 50
Put Up: ball
Care: Hand Wash/Dry Flat

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Wool of the Andes Worsted Yarn

$2.79 50g / ball


Our classic worsted wool yarn is spun and plied carefully to achieve a wonderfully balanced twist. A sturdy yet soft yarn with excellent stitch definition and heirloom durability. Peruvian sheep are a cross between Corriedale (for the sturdiness) and Merino (for the softness), producing a strong fiber with an excellent softness quotient for a wide variety of uses. Felts beautifully.
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“This yarn knits up great, I love knitting with it! I made a sweater with it that has become one of my favorites. It's hard to believe it only costs $1.99 a ball. I've bought very expensive, high-end yarn that's not half as soft Wool of the Andes.” Daily Knitter, Rebecca 

"Wool of the Andes is a reasonably priced yarn with a nice selection of colors. It has 110 yards on the skein. When I first knit with it, I thought it was a thin worsted. However, it knitted to a worsted gauge. First impressions can be deceiving! It's a great yarn for fulling. The fabric is sturdy enough for a tote bag." Daily Knitter, Janice

“Knit Picks- great yarn; great prices. I used Wool of the Andes for my Enchanted Forest Fingerless gloves and it is strong, the colors are vibrant, and the cost was low. I used 3 skeins for two gloves, and it cost me $2.19 per skein plus shipping- under $10!” www.zoescheffy.blogspot.com, February 2009

“I just wanted to send you some kudos. On his 40th birthday my brother asked me to make him a new sweater, to be delivered by his 41st. I quickly found an Aran sweater on your site, and ordered a color card of Wool of the Andes so he could pick the color. I delivered it to him today. The first thing he said when he picked it up was 'Wow, this is really soft.' He put it on, and the first thing he noticed was that it did not itch. He is very sensitive to wool, and expects it to be itchy. "Does it have something special, like lambs wool, or (if he knew to say 'merino' at this point, he would have said that). No, it was just your state-of-the-art-and-immensely-affordable yarn. I don't know how you pull off such high quality at such low prices, but thank you!" -Elena L., Knit Picks customer

As seen in Creative Knitting, November 2008, Cabled Wristlets

As seen in Knit N Style, October 08, Women’s Henley Pullover Pattern

As seen in Knitty, Summer 2005, Ripley Pattern

As seen in Knitty, Summer 2005, Cigar Pattern

4 out of 5 stars

Some really bad math skills in the rewiew by Lana. 5 skeins at $2.79 is $13.95. The skeins would have to be priced at $5.79 to cost the $28.95.

4 out of 5 stars

Firstly I feel the need to say that this yarn is not for yarn snobs! However, I quite like it for the price and I haven't had trouble with splits of knots in my balls so far. My biggest problem is that it isn't really worsted weight, probably closer to sport weight. I use it for projects that I really want to use wool in but don't want to shell out for the cushy stuff (so all my pet projects). The colors are nice and don't bleed too much. It felts well and is soft enough for next-to-skin projects.

2 out of 5 stars

I love knitpicks products in general but was disappointed in how much my sweater pilled. I see there was a rise in price since I purchased it. I hope this means some of these problems were addressed to justify it. It does felt beautifully and the colors are lovely. I would just like to see less pilling

5 out of 5 stars

I have purchased many skeins of wool of the andes yarn in lots of different colors. I do not find this yarn to be scratchy at all, my family hasnt complained either. I have used it for sweaters, hats, mittens and even nice worsted weight socks for wearing around the house. Yes, there was a price increase as another customer noted. However, her math is off. The price increased to $2.79 from $1.99, which is $.80 NOT $1.29. Also $2.79 a ball (which is 110yds) so $2.79 x 5 skeins = $13.95, NOT $28.95. If price is a concern and you arent in a hurry to purchase yarn Knit Picks quite often has great sales, which I find to be the perfect time to stock up. :D

5 out of 5 stars

I've used WOTA in several knitting projects, and liked it. The color and texture have been good, the yarn has had the sturdy quality I want for knitting worsted, and it was not scratchy. I would ask the reviewer who wrote on 9/22/2018 to check the math calculation. $2.79 a ball for 5 balls (=550 yards) comes out to $13.95, not $28.95.

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