Merino wool, a popular knitting yarn, is prized for being soft and comfortable against the skin. It is also highly breathable - the individual fibres can absorb up to 30% of their own weight in moisture. This helps to regulate body temperature, creating warmth in the cold and coolness in heat. So it’s warm in winter and cool in summer.
Unlike other knitting wools, merino is much softer meaning it is perfect for knitting patterns for babies and children. It is also stretchy and will keep you warm, even when wet, making it ideal for knitting socks. Choose from a range of brands, weights and colours for every occasion. Simply click through to the wool or yarn to see all options and even patterns that can be made with each.
Raised in nearly every country worldwide merino sheep are renowned for the best quality wool. Australia now produces about 80% of the world's merino wool. Although fluffy in appearance, it has a microscopic diameter - about one third to one tenth the thickness of human hair. The smaller the diameter the finer and softer the wool will be.
Why choose merino wool?
- Soft and breathable, it stays wet warm even when wet; perfect for those wintry showers!
- Distinctive for its soft texture, it is perfect for sensitive skin, such as children, women and babies.
- It has a special ability to regulate your body temperature, a great warmth-to-weight ratio, naturally controls odour, and even stretches as you move.
Laughing Hens is an independent, family owned business. We specialise in supplying everything you need to create knitting and crochet designs including a huge range of premium wools and yarns with 14-day no hassle returns. See also our selection of alpaca wool, complete with ideas for projects and everything you need to complete it.