Yarn O'Clock

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Rowan is an internationally renowned design-led luxury handknit yarn company, producing two pattern collections a year to support their portfolio of premium yarns.

Rowan was first established in 1978 by two Yorkshire men, Stephen Sheard and Simon Cockin. Initially with offices based above a grocery store, the business soon moved to Holmfirth, where the Rowan team still work to this day.

They are an ethically conscious brand, with an emphasis on creating luxury, premium yarns sourced from organic, natural fibres.

Rowan’s ethos has always been to inspire and teach people the joy of knitting – whether  a beginner or advance knitter.  They’re also passionate about creating inspirational and desirable handknit design. Although their designs reflect the fashion trends of the time they have become classics, with designs of the past still being worn today.

Out of their range of yarns we stock :

Alpaca Colour – made with 100% baby alpaca, Rowan Alpaca Colour is a soft and durable DK knitting yarn. The soft, subtle blend of colours in each shade allows the beauty of the yarn to show through and is ideal for textured knitting stitches.


Alpaca Colour


Fibre: 100% Alpaca

Weight: 5og

Length: 120m/131yds

Needle Size: 4mm

Tension: 22sts x 30rws

Care: 30°C Handwash



Breezed – a stunning blend of 80% cotton and 20% linen and boasts a fabulous texture and a cool handle. Available in seven natural earth shades ranging from watery Riviera through to snowy White and floral Provence, this yarn provides the perfect solution for beautiful stitch texture, lace and contrasting stripe detail.


Fibre:  80%Cotton, 20% Linen

Weight:  50g

Length:  90m/98yds

Needle Size:  4.5mm

Tension: 19sts x 26rws

Care:  30°C Machine wash


Brushed Fleece – a super soft blend of extra fine merino wool and baby alpaca. The yarn has a soft marl colour effect and is quick to knit making it very wearable, warm and lightweight.



Fibre: 65% Wool, 30% Alpaca, 5% Polyamide

Weight: 50g

Length: 105m/115yds

Needle Size: 6mm

Tension: 13sts x 19rws

 Care: 30°C Handwash


Camello – a blend of 68% extra fine merino, 18% baby camel and 14% nylon, which was added to give strength to the chainette structure of the yarn. This lofty yarn has long yardage and is available in ten beautiful shades.


Fibre:  68% Merino, 18%Camel, 14%Nylon

Weight:  25g

Length:  175m/191yds

Needle Size:  4mm

Tension: 27sts x 41rws

Care:  Handwash

Cocoon – a wonderful soft roving British yarn, made from a blend of merino wool and kid mohair, it creates beautiful textured and cable stitches and lovely striping and pattern effects.


Fibre:  80% Wool, 20% Mohair

Weight:  100g

Length:  115m/126yds

Needle Size:  7mm

Tension: 14sts x 16rws

Care:  Cool Handwash



Creative Focus™ Worsted – a lovely wool and alpaca blended aran weight yarn. This is the perfect ‘all round’ yarn for stitch, pattern and colour work.


Creative Focus Worsted


Fibre: 75% Wool, 25% Alpaca

Weight: 100g

Length: 200m/220yds

Needle Size: 4.5mm

Tension: 20sts x 24rws

Care:  30°C Handwash



Felted Tweed DK – a blend of merino wool, alpaca and viscose and knits to a DK weight.  The yarn has a beautiful tweed effect perfect for fairisles, striping and other colour work and the rustic colour palette makes this yarn a firm favourite with designers.

IMG_3091Fibre:  50% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 25% Vicose

Weight:  50g

Length:  175m/191yds

Needle Size:  3.75mm – 4mm

Tension: 22-24sts x 30-32rws

Care:  30°C gentle machine wash











Fine Lace – a beautiful fine lace weight yarn made with a blend of the softest baby suri alpaca and the finest merino wool. This gorgeous, luxurious yarn has soft chalky shades and is perfect for creating delicate hand knitted and crochet lace.


Fibre:  80% Alpaca, 20% Wool

Weight:  50g

Length:  400m/437yds

Needle Size:  2mm – 4mm

Tension: 20-39sts x 33-54rws

Care:  30°C Handwash



Fine Silk – a fine yarn with a silky sheen, and a wonderfully soft touch.  Its colour palette comprises of seven intense shades inspired by jewels and gems. Fine Silk is a limited edition yarn for winter 2016/17.

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Fine Silk


Fibre:  40% Silk, 30% Wool, 30% Viscose

Weight:  25g

Length:  150m/164yds

Needle Size:  2.75mm

Tension: 35sts x 45rws

Care:  Handwash



Fur – made from wool with a little polyamide to bind.  Fur is a great addition to any knitters wardrobe and ideal for collars, cuffs and small gilets.




Fibre:  97%Wool, 3%Polyamide

Weight:  50g

Length:  60m/66yds

Needle Size:  7mm

Tension: 12½sts x 17rws

Care:  30°C Handwash


Kid Classic – a perfect blend of lambswool and kid mohair creates a lovely soft yarn which is worked into a beautiful colour palette.


Fibre:  70%Wool, 22% Mohair, 8% Polyamide

Weight:  50g

Length:  140m/153yds

Needle Size:  5mm-5.5mm

Tension: 18-19sts x 23-25rws

Care:  Handwash



Kidsilk Haze – a beautiful and versatile fine yarn made from a blend of super kid mohair and silk



Fibre:  70% Mohair, 30% Silk

Weight:  25g

Length:  210m/230yds

Needle Size:  3.25mm-5mm

Tension: 18-25sts x 23-34rws

Care:  30°C Handwash










Original Denim –  a cotton yarn which behaves like denim fabric.  It shrinks on its first wash and the colour continues to slightly fade over time.  Denim is available in 3 traditional denim shades.



Original Denim


Fibre:  100% Cotton

Weight:  50g

Length:  92m/100yds

Needle Size:  4mm

Tension: 20sts x 28rws before washing

20sts X 32rws after washing

Care:  60°C Machine wash


Softyak DK – has a stunning soft handle and is a perfect transeasonal yarn.


Rowan Softyak DK S/S 2017


Fibre:  76% Cotton, 15% Yak, 9% Nylon

Weight:  50g

Length:  135m/148yds

Needle Size:  4mm

Tension: 22sts x 30rws

Care:  30°C Machine wash



Summerlite 4ply – made using 100% of the finest cotton resulting in a beautiful soft matt cotton, with a wonderful summer tonal colour palette.


Summerlite 4ply


Fibre:  100% Cotton

Weight:  50g

Length:  175m/191yds

Needle Size:  3mm

Tension: 28sts x 36rws

Care:  30°C Machine wash



Summerlite DK – made using 100% of the finest cotton resulting in a beautiful soft matt cotton, with a wonderful summer tonal colour palette.


Summerlite DK


Fibre:  100% Cotton

Weight:  50g

Length:  130m/142yds

Needle Size:  3.75mm

Tension: 22sts x 30rws

Care:  30°C Machine wash


Valley Tweed – a traditional 100% wool tweed yarn. It is spun and dyed in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, the home of Rowan. It is a very lofty yarn due to the special way it is spun and available in 10 beautiful shades.

Valley Tweed

Fibre:  100% wool

Weight:  50g

Length:  207m/226yds

Needle Size:  3.25mm

Tension: 24sts x 36rws

Care:  Cool Handwash