Cotswold Wool Yarn

Yarn of rare beauty from a rare breed of sheep.

Cotswold yarn on flowersRenowned for centuries in Britain for its beauty and utility, Cotswold wool production funded the construction of the great cathedrals and churches, and literally helped England become the country it is today. Cotswold sheep were introduced to the US in the mid-1800s.  Cotswold wool has long been referred to as "the golden fleece" both for its creamy color and its great value. Usurped from favor in the early 1900's by the fine wools and other causes, the Cotswold breed dwindled to near extinction. Resurrected at the very brink, the Cotswold today is enjoying a comeback, but is still considered rare by The Livestock Conservancy - meaning that there are fewer than 1,000 annual North American registrations, and estimated fewer than 5,000 purebred animals existing worldwide. Borrowing from the "golden fleece" legend, we are pleased to offer "Golden Sheep Yarn" © - 100% pure Cotswold wool yarn exclusively from our flock.

Fleece from our Cotswold sheep flock is carefully skirted and sorted by hand to ensure that only sound, clean, long-stapled fiber goes into our yarn. The natural white yarn is not snow white, but rather a warm cream or ivory color. My brother calls it "candlelight" and I think that's the perfect description of the color.  Our Cotswold yarn is milled by Stonehedge Farm and Fiber Mill whose expertise with long-stapled fiber really highlights the natural luster of this lovely long wool. Sometimes called Poor Man's Mohair, Cotswold has arguably the most shine of all wools, and takes dye wonderfully. It is a strong, supple yarn with a feeling of substance to it, and will drape nicely.

Cotswold yarn is:

  • High luster with a shine that seems to light the yarn from within
  • Strong and can handle wear and abrasion without pilling
  • Smooth, with very little elasticity
  • Substantial yet supple, providing good drape to finished goods

Our yarn is currently created in two weights - a 3-ply bulky and a 3-ply sportweight. There are also a few skeins listed of prior, different weights.


Natural Gray 3-ply Sport Weight Yarn
Costswald Yarn : Sterling

Sterling

Solid medium gray with high luster. Rich, almost metallic looking.

  • 4.5 oz. / 120g
  • ~225 yd / 205 m
  • 17 wpi
$15.75

Sorry, Sold Out
Natural White 3-ply Sport Weight Yarn
Costswald Yarn : Reliance

Reliance

Natural creamy white, high luster.

  • 5.5 oz. / 160g
  • ~250 yd / 227 m
  • 15 wpi
$19.25

Hand Dyed 3-ply Sport Weight Yarn
Costswald Yarn : Teal

Teal

Just as the name says - solid blue/green teal color.

  • 5.5 oz. / 160 g
  • ~250 yd / 227 m
  • 15 wpi 

$24.75



1 skein available
Costswald Yarn : Plum Wine

Plum Wine

Soft purple with pink undertones.

  • 5.5 oz. / 160 g
  • ~250 yd / 227 m
  • 15 wpi 

$24.75



2 skeins available
Costswald Yarn : Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Slightly mottled shades of gold, blonde and soft yellow.

  • 5.5 oz. / 160 g
  • ~250 yd / 227 m
  • 15 wpi 

$24.75



1 skein available
Costswald Yarn : Atomic Fireball

Atomic Fireball

Hot cherry red, orange and blips of bright yellow. Hot!

  • 5.5 oz. / 160 g
  • ~250 yd / 227 m
  • 15 wpi 
$24.75



5 skeins available
Costswald Yarn : Piney Woods

Piney Woods

Deep spruce green shading up to olive.

  • 5.5 oz. / 160 g
  • ~250 yd / 227 m
  • 15 wpi 

$24.75



3 skeins available
Costswald Yarn : Berry Patch

Berry Patch

Blueberries and red raspberries, ripe and ready to pick.

  • 5.5 oz. / 160 g
  • ~250 yd / 227 m
  • 15 wpi 

$24.75



6 skeins available
Costswald Yarn : Harvest Bounty

Harvest Bounty

Warm shades of walnut, pumpkin, olive and wheat. I love this colorway!

  • 5.5 oz. / 160 g
  • ~250 yd / 227 m
  • 15 wpi 
$24.75



4 skeins available
Costswald Yarn : Tropical Fruit

ODD LOT
Tropical Fruit

Peach and orange.

  • 4.0 oz / 110 g
  • 180 yd / 163 m
$18.00



1 skein available
Costswald Yarn : Spring

ODD LOT
Spring

Buttercup yellow and light blue with short blips of green where those colors blend.

  • 5.0 oz / 150g
  • 246 yd / 223 m
  • $22.50 each
$22.50



2 Skeins Available
Hand Dyed 3-ply Worsted Weight Yarn
Costswald Yarn : Robin's Egg

Robin's Egg

Beautiful light blue.

  • 7.5 oz / 220 g
  • 246 yd / 223m

$33.75



1 skein available
Costswald Yarn : Old Gold

Old Gold

Rich, lustrous gold.

  • 7.5 oz / 220 g
  • 246 yd / 223m

$33.75



2 skeins available
Costswald Yarn : Coral

Coral

Vibrant pinky orange.

  • 7.5 oz / 220 g
  • 246 yd / 223m
$33.75

Sorry, Sold Out
Natural White 3-ply Bulky Yarn
Costswald Yarn : Stalwart

Stalwart

Natural creamy white, squishable but sturdy, high luster.

6.5 oz. / 190 g

115 yd /105 m

9 wpi

$22.75

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Hand Dyed 3-ply Bulky Yarn
Costswald Yarn : Citrus

Citrus

Orange, lemon and tangerine shades.

Bright and happy!

  • 6.5 oz. / 190 g
  • 115 yd /105 m
  • 9 wpi
$29.25



2 skeins available
Costswald Yarn : Don't Shoot Me

Don't Shoot Me

Vibrant 'hunter orange'.

Not for the shy!

  • 6.5 oz. / 190 g
  • 115 yd /105 m
  • 9 wpi 

$29.25



2 skeins available
Costswald Yarn : Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Deep red with a purple undertone and a few lighter splashes. Yum!

  • 6.5 oz. / 190 g
  • 115 yd /105 m
  • 9 wpi 
$29.25

Sorry, Sold Out
Costswald Yarn : Teal

Teal

Just as the name says - solid blue/green teal color.

  • 6.5 oz. / 190 g
  • 115 yd /105 m
  • 9 wpi
$29.25



1 skein available
Costswald Yarn : Midnight

Midnight

Deepest, darkest purple/black. Darker than this - had to turn up the brightness to see it!

  • 6.5 oz. / 190 g
  • 115 yd /105 m
  • 9 wpi 

$29.25



2 skeins available
Costswald Yarn : Circus Tent

Circus Tent

Got a little crazy here - salmon/orange with burgundy purple - send in the clowns!

  • 6.5 oz. / 190 g
  • 115 yd /105 m
  • 9 wpi 

$29.25



2 skeins available
Hand Dyed 2-ply Bulky Yarn
Costswald Yarn : Old Gold

ODD LOT
Old Gold

Deep, rich gold.

  • 5.0 oz / 140 g
  • 105 yd / 95 m
$22.50



2 Skeins Available
Costswald Yarn : Oxblood

ODD LOT
Oxblood

5.0 oz / 140 g

105 yd / 95 m

A bit darker red than this - more of a primitive red.

$22.50



1 skein available
Costswald Yarn : Seafoam

ODD LOT
Seafoam

5.0 oz / 140 g

105 yd / 95 m

Pretty bluish green.

$22.50



1 skein available
Costswald Yarn : Plum

ODD LOT
Plum

5.0 oz / 140 g

105 yd / 95 m

Lovely soft purple with pink undertones.

$22.50



2 skeins available
Costswald Yarn : Emerald Isle

ODD LOT
Emerald Isle

5.0 oz / 140 g

105 yd / 95 m

Dark and light greens together.

$22.50



4 skeins available
Core Spun "Gosh Darn Big Yarn!"

Core spun yarn is created by wrapping fiber around a central thread. In this case Cotswold wool has been applied to a cotton cord base. This yarn is super chunky, "squishy", lustrous, strong, and has just about no elasticity so it won't stretch. Use in weaving, crochet or knitting (size 17 needles work well) to make mats, rugs, trivets, baskets or the popular uber-thick wearables!

Costswald Yarn : Cream

Cream

Natural creamy white.

  • ~ 1.75 lbs
  • ~ 100 yds
  • 3 wpi
$49.00

Sorry, Sold Out
Costswald Yarn : Hot Blooded

Hot Blooded

Shades of wine and crimson.

  • ~ 1.75 lbs
  • ~ 100 yds
  • 3 wpi
$59.00



1 bump available
Costswald Yarn : Autumn Glow

Autumn Glow

Warm oranges, reds, walnut and olive.

  • ~ 1.75 lbs
  • ~ 100 yds
  • 3 wpi
$59.00



1 bump available
Costswald Yarn : Emerald Mine

Emerald Mine

Bright grass to dark pine greens.

  • ~ 1.75 lbs
  • ~ 100 yds
  • 3 wpi
$59.00



1 bump available
Costswald Yarn : Tiger Stripe

Tiger Stripe

Warm orange shading to dark brown/black.

  • ~ 1.75 lbs
  • ~ 100 yds
  • 3 wpi
$59.00



1 bump available
Costswald Yarn : Peacock

Peacock

Jewel tone blues, violet and turquoise.

  • ~ 1.75 lbs
  • ~ 100 yds
  • 3 wpi
$59.00



1 bump available