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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


For the sweater you’ll wear a thousand times or the blanket you’ll use every night, our classic worsted wool yarn is spun and plied carefully to achieve a wonderfully balanced twist. Spun from Peruvian wool, the strong fiber has an excellent balance of structure, loft, and drape that serves a wide variety of uses. Wonderfully warm for all weather, this sturdy, all-purpose yarn has excellent stitch definition and heirloom durability. It is ideal for cabled sweaters, textured stitch afghans, and every day accessories. While careful hand washing will keep your stitches crisp and sweaters long-lived, Wool of the Andes also felts beautifully with warm water and agitation, creating a fabric even more warm and durable than knitting alone.
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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

5 out of 5 stars

I have gotten around 20 different skeins of this yarn and I love it! The color is vibrant, it's not very scratchy, and I can't believe the price. I have been making Viking Age style tablet woven belts with them and they have come out just as I wanted.

2 out of 5 stars

I too have been using this yarn for a while. I make and sell wool dryer balls. The price increase was very hard to make an affordable product. Also noticed a problem with a lot of defects in this MORE costly yard. If I had been making a garment it would have been worse. Luckily using it to felt it can be covered up. Looking for another source.

4 out of 5 stars

As an IT Programmer/Web Developer, I tested the sorting by color and it works perfectly on the Google "Chrome" web browser. It may not work on other (or older) web browsers, but there is nothing wrong with the Knit Picks web site. I have not personally ordered WoTA in worsted weight, but I HAVE used the Bulky version of WoTA and I LOVE everything about it with one tiny exception -- it is not quite as "bulky" as other bulky yarns are. But the price is awesome, the yarn itself is awesome and I love Knit Picks -- the ordering process is clean & simple to use, the shipping is fast and accurate, and the customer service is EXCELLENT.

4 out of 5 stars

I agree with Paula Hammond on the way the colors are displayed on your pages. While pretty to look at all the colors it is very difficult to determine between two slightly different colors. AND I READ THE note from knit picks - I was unable to get your sorting feature to work at all. It appears you can only sort by price but this doesn't work at all - nor does the "Browse by Color" seem to work.

1 out of 5 stars

If there’s anything I hate, it’s splitty yarn. I crochetred a swatch and hated every second of it. I refuse to work with yarn that splits. Way too frustrating, especially for an activity that should be enjoyable. Secondly, this is rough and scratchy. It might be suitable for something that doesn’t touch skin like a rug or wall hanging. It was not a nice feel to work with, much less put it on a body part.

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