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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4.356643 out of 5 stars

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

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.

5 out of 5 stars

You have so many wonderful colors. BUT they are displayed all mixed up. I see you have all of them grouped together in a pic but it won't print out + they are not marked with their names. I really want you to change your page so that all of 1 color type are displayed together as a gradient. I think you would sell more if we could see how they look, granted colors do look different on different screens. But at least we have a chance. Thank you for your time. And hopefully it will save your customers time also. NOTE FROM KNIT PICKS: You can sort the yarn lines by color, using the sorting feature located above the yarn colors on the right. It does not show them in a gradient, but it is helpful. We will also take your suggestion into consideration as we make improvements to our website.

4 out of 5 stars

I bought this thinking it was a worsted weight, but it is really closer to a light worsted weight, but it works well for my Christmas stockings, just have to adjust my needle sizes. It does split on occasion, but not to bad. I have not had any knots so far. I do love the colors they offer and the customer service is outstanding at Knit Picks. I feel the price is wonderful for this yarn. I will continue to use this for my stockings until I get a little better at knitting and get a better grasp at them.

5 out of 5 stars

Feel I must weigh in on WoTA, especially as it’s often compared to Cascade 220. First, if you read reviews of the Cascade, they’re pretty similar to WoTA, splits, scratchy, not really worsted weight. Second, the price (1 skein of the Cascade is 220 yds and the cheapest I can find it for is $7.20, which is still $1.62 more for the same yardage of WoTA at the new price. I’ve used WoTA for several years, for sweaters, felted lunch bag, the Bar Maid shawl (so fun!) and am (slowly) working on an afghan and it has performed very well for all. Is it as soft as merino? Of course not! But I soak the finished item with a non-silicone based conditioner (from Dollar Tree no less!) which softens it up considerably. Anyway, I love WoTA for its affordability and the wide selection of beautiful colours and will certainly continue to buy when appropriate for a project. Thank you KP for continuing to offer this great yarn in so many beautiful colours at a truly affordable price!

5 out of 5 stars

I really love this yarn. I just finished my Arboreal sweater and it's wonderful. It's a wooly yarn but it's comfortable next to the skin for me. I used the spruce and green tea. It was very nice to knit with and I haven't had any problem with pilling.

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