Merino yarn, also referred to as merino wool, is renowned for its warmth, softness and practicality. Unlike other knitting fibres, merino is much softer making it ideal for knitting patterns for babies and children. Stretchier than other wools, its unique power of absorbance is also great for knitting socks as it retains heat, even when wet.
What makes merino yarn special is that the individual fibres can absorb up to a third of their own weight in moisture, helping regulate body temperature so you’ll be warm in winter and cool in summer. 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.
In addition to its practical properties, merino yarn is worldwide-recognised for its superior quality. Mostly originating from Australian Merino sheep, it is also distinctive in that despite having a fluffy appearance, the fibres measure only a tenth the thickness of a human hair. Essentially the smaller the diameter, the finer and softer the wool.
Why choose merino yarn?
- Soft and breathable, it stays wet warm even when wet; perfect for those wintry showers!
- Unusual for natural fibres, its soft texture means it is ideally suited to those with 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 beautiful knitting and crochet designs including a huge range of premium wools and yarns with 14-day no hassle returns. See also our selection of merino wool yarn, complete with ideas for projects and everything you need to complete it.