Yarn Information

Abstract Cat specialises in 4-ply weight (often referred to as ‘sock yarn’) and 2-ply laceweight, in soft, luxurious fibres. I also carry some DK, aran and chunky yarn. Yarn types may change from time to time due to seasonality, wholesale costs, availability and so on, so not all currently available yarn types are listed here. The ‘core’ yarn types in my range are shown below (photos are representative examples, and do not necessarily include currently available colourways):

  • Silky baby alpaca laceweight

70% baby alpaca, 30% silk, this is a two-ply laceweight with 800m per 100g skein. Deliciously soft, with a characteristic alpaca ‘halo’ this yarn has the warmth of alpaca with the smooth feel of silk, and has a beautiful drape making it perfect for beautiful lace projects.

purple silky baby alpaca laceweight yarn orange silky baby alpaca laceweight yarn yellow/orange silky baby alpaca laceweight yarn

 

  • Bluefaced Leicester laceweight

100% Bluefaced Leicester wool, this is a two-ply laceweight with 800m per 100g skein. Bluefaced Leicester is a British sheep breed known for its long staple length and soft wool. The resulting yarn is soft with loft and a slight lustre and makes beautiful lace projects.

Pastel bluefaced leicester laceweight yarn autumnal coloured bluefaced leicester laceweight yarn Blue and turquoise bluefaced leicester laceweight yarn

 

  • Superwash Bluefaced Leicester 4-ply weight

100% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester wool, this is a 4-ply weight with 400m per 100g skein. This is a popular, soft and lustrous yarn with a great deal of versatility.

blue/purple superwash BFL 4-ply yarn Puple/brown/green superwash BFL 4-ply yarn variegated green/purple superwash BFL 4-ply yarn

 

  • 75% Superwash wool/25% nylon 4-ply yarn

This is a 4-ply yarn with 400g per 100g skein. This is a standard ‘sock’ type yarn with nylon added for easy care andĀ  added robustness. This yarn is more hardwearing than Superwash BFL, for example.

multicoloured superwash wool/nylon 4-ply yarn dark violet-purple superwash wool/nylon 4-ply yarn blue superwash wool/nylon 4-ply yarn

 

  • Silky baby alpaca 4-ply weight

70% baby alpaca, 30% silk with 400m per 100g skein. This is the 4-ply equivalent of my ever-popular silky baby alpaca laceweight yarn, and has all the softness, warmth, silkiness and drape of the laceweight but a in a thicker yarn.

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  • Superwash Bluefaced Leicester DK yarn

100% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester wool, a doouble knitting weight with with 225m per 100g skein. Like its 4-ply equivalent, this is a soft and lustrous yarn.

green superwash BFL DK yarn maroon superwash BFL DK yarn blue superwash BFL DK yarn

 

  • Bluefaced Leicester aran

100% Bluefaced Leicester wool, in an aran weight with 166m per 100g skein. This is a cosy and soft Bluefaced Leicester yarn, with a slight lustre.

Purpley BFL aran yarn Pinkish BFL aran yarn blue-ish BFL aran yarn

 

  • Chunky merino wave wrap

96% merino, 4% nylon, this is a chunky yarn with 100m per 100g skein. This is a cosy, soft and fun yarn consisting of a merino sliver with a nylon thread binder. It makesĀ  cosy hats and scarves and also makes a great gift.

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