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.

Do you need to wash your fine woolens?  Hop on over to our page of Unicorn Products for our selection of wool washing and conditioning products.  

Pleased to be an official fiber provider for The Livestock Conservancy's "Shave 'Em To Save 'Em" program!  


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

Sterling
Solid medium gray with high luster. Rich, almost metallic looking.
  • 3.8 oz. / 110g
  • 250 yd / 228 m
  • 13 wpi
$24.00



10+ skeins available
Natural White 3-ply Sport Weight Yarn
Costswald Yarn : Reliance

Reliance
Natural creamy white, high luster.
  • 5.0 oz. / 140g
  • ~250 yd / 227 m
  • 18 wpi
$0.00

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

Seashore
Beautiful sky blue, a darker steely blue and patches of sandy tan and white.  You can almost hear the ocean!

  • 4.5 oz. / 130g
  • ~250 yd / 227 m
  • 17 wpi
$24.75

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Costswald Yarn : Lemon Ice

Lemon Ice
A soft, buttery, spring yellow
$24.75



1 skein available
Costswald Yarn : Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise
Saturated orange, yellows and a touch of pink.
$24.75



1 skein available
Costswald Yarn : Sunrise in Paradise

Sunrise in Paradise
Warm rose, gold, lilac and all the shades in between.  Colorful and yet serene.  Just lovely.

4.5 oz. / 130g
~250 yd / 227 m
17 wpi
$24.75



One skeins available
Costswald Yarn : Tulip Party

Tulip Party
A spring flower bed captured in a skein of yarn.  Soft pink, peach, yellow, green and cream.

  • 4.5 oz. / 130g
  • ~250 yd / 227 m
  • 17 wpi
$24.75

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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



2 skeins available
Costswald Yarn : Piney Woods

Piney Woods
Deep pine green with blue spruce and shading up to small blips of gold.

  • 4.5 oz. / 130g
  • ~250 yd / 227 m
  • 17 wpi
$24.75

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Natural White 3-ply Bulky Yarn
Costswald Yarn : Stalwart

Stalwart
Natural creamy white, squishable but sturdy, high luster.

5.5 oz. / 150 g
115 yd /105 m
9 wpi
$22.75

Hand Dyed 3-ply Bulky Yarn
Costswald Yarn : Seashore

Seashore
Beautiful sky blue, a darker steely blue and patches of sandy tan and white. You can almost hear the ocean!

5.5 oz. / 150 g
115 yd /105 m
9 wpi
$29.25

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Costswald Yarn : Raspberry Sorbet

Raspberry Sorbet
Luscious light raspberry color
  • 6.5 oz. / 190 g
  • 115 yd /105 m
  • 9 wpi 
$29.25



1 skein available
Costswald Yarn : Tutti Frutti

Tutti Frutti
Gentle pink shading through lavender to lilac.
  • 6.5 oz. / 190 g
  • 115 yd /105 m
  • 9 wpi 
$29.25



1 skein available
Costswald Yarn : Mauve Madness

Mauve Madness
Light and dark mauve.
  • 6.5 oz. / 190 g
  • 115 yd /105 m
  • 9 wpi 
$29.25



2 skeins available
Costswald Yarn : Razzle Berry

Razzle Berry
Shades of blue, rose and plum
  • 6.5 oz. / 190 g
  • 115 yd /105 m
  • 9 wpi 
$0.00

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Costswald Yarn : Pansy Patch

Pansy Patch
Happy flower colors - pinks, yellows, blues and in-between shades with some white showing through.
  • 6.5 oz. / 190 g
  • 115 yd /105 m
  • 9 wpi 
$29.25



1 skein available
Costswald Yarn : Sunrise in Paradise

Sunrise in Paradise
Warm rose, gold, lilac and all the shades in between. Colorful and yet serene. Just lovely.

5.5 oz. / 150 g
115 yd /105 m
9 wpi
$29.25



Three skeins available
Costswald Yarn : Piney Woods

Piney Woods
Deep pine green with blue spruce and shading up to small blips of gold.

5.5 oz. / 150 g
115 yd /105 m
9 wpi
$29.25



One skein available
Costswald Yarn : Tulip Party

Tulip Party
A spring flower bed captured in a skein of yarn.  Soft pink, yellow, peach, green and cream.  

5.5 oz. / 150 g
115 yd /105 m
9 wpi
$29.25

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Costswald Yarn : Cranberry Cocktail

Cranberry Cocktail
Predominantly cranberry red with short streaks of yellow, green and light gray with intermediate shades where colors blend (orange, olive, rose, etc).

5.5 oz. / 150 g
115 yd /105 m
9 wpi
$29.25



Five skeins available
Costswald Yarn : Cheetah

Cheetah
Shades of pale yellow and gold, , light brown, silver gray and charcoal.  

5.5 oz. / 150 g
115 yd /105 m
9 wpi
$29.25



Four skeins available
Costswald Yarn : Cranberry Bog

Cranberry Bog
A darker version of Cranberry Cocktail with short lengths of yellow, green and silver.  A redder and more muted version of Cranberry Cocktail. 

5.5 oz. / 150 g
115 yd /105 m
9 wpi
$29.25



One skein available
Costswald Yarn : Misty Rose Garden

Misty Rose Garden
Light plum-pink with short stretches of soft yellow, green and silver.

5.5 oz. / 150 g
115 yd /105 m
9 wpi
$29.25



One skeins available
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 
$0.00

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Hand Dyed 2-ply Bulky Yarn
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.
$0.00

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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 : Baby Forest

Baby Forest
Cotswold wool spun over a thin cotton cord. Core spun rug yarn is great for weaving on a conventional loom or on a peg loom. The texture is uneven and bubbly and squishy which certainly adds character! This bump was dyed in the same pot as the large Forest bump so it would coordinate exactly.  Dyed in rich greens, spruce and brown with some smaller areas of gold and cream. A great size to experiment with or add it to the large Forest bump for a bigger rug.   20 yards, 1-2 wpi, weighs 6 oz. Core spun rug yarn is Shave 'Em to Save 'Em eligible!
$0.00

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Costswald Yarn : Forest

Forest
Cotswold wool spun over a thin cotton cord.  Core spun rug yarn is great for weaving on a conventional loom or on a peg loom.  The texture is uneven and bubbly and squishy which certainly adds character!  This bump is dyed in rich greens and brown with some smaller areas of gold and cream.  Make a rug and it will be like walking on the forest floor.    100 yards, 1-2 wpi, weighs 2 pounds, 5 oz.  Core spun rug yarn is Shave 'Em to Save 'Em eligible!
$80.00



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