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 Classic – made using a cotton net which is filled with superfine alpaca fibers, resulting in a wonderfully soft, light weight yarn you will fall in love with.
Due to its fine weight, and intense colour palette, Alpaca Classic is ideal for fairisle patterns and a multitude of garments and accessories.
Fibre: 57% alpaca, 43% cotton
Big Wool – takes the knitability of a super chunky and transforms it with pure Merino wool, raising the bar by which all other ‘beginner’ yarns are measured. With a super light spin and paintbox colour palette, it’s the perfect choice for speedy accessories and dramatic garments. Make a statement with a giant cable, get creative with colour combinations or cast on a super cosy accessory in the ultimate yarn for winter.
Fibre: 100% wool
Weight : 100g
Cotton Cashmere – A rich blend of 85% cotton and 15% cashmere available in sixteen soft tonal shades. Cotton Cashmere, will produce a well-defined fabric giving clear definition of pattern and a beautiful finish.
Fibre: 85% cotton, 15% cashmere
Denim Lace – Rowan Selects yarn for Spring/Summer 2018 ‘Denim Lace’ is originally sourced from recycled denim. It is 95% cotton and 5% other fibre* and is available in 6 stunning shades. * Other fibre simply means that when you recycle a fabric there is always a very small amount of fibre that remains below the identifiable level.
Fibre: 95% cotton, 5% other fibres
Denim Revive – There is something so special about denim yarn, and Denim Revive has an added dimension, thanks to its sustainable credentials. Made from recycled cotton fibres that give Denim Revive an almost tweedy effect, the capsule colour palette of muted shades contains the classic denim shades but goes beyond the blues to include chalky white, soft red, and midnight black. A perfect choice for lace, cables, or even a traditional gansey.
Fibre: 95% Cotton, 5% other fibres
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.
Fibre: 50% wool, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose
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
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
Kidsilk Haze – a beautiful and versatile fine yarn made from a blend of super kid mohair and silk
Fibre: 70% mohair, 30% silk
Moordale – a truly British yarn, Moordale combines British wool and alpaca, with a range of neutrals and on-trend brights to choose from. The complimentary shades work beautifully together in colourwork, but shine equally when used on their own for lace, cables and texture. The fine micron wool and soft-to-the-touch alpaca give this yarn a robust but tender feel perfect for any season
Fibre: 70% wool, 30% alpaca
Silky Lace – a gently spun lace weight yarn, Silky Lace is soft and luxurious, but its delicate nature hides a strong core. Thanks to its clever blend of the finest cotton and Mulberry silk, this yarn will wash and wear like a dream, and boasts incredible stitch definition. Choose Silky Lace for ethereal accessories and light summer garments and bring a touch of elegance to your wardrobe
Fibre: 65% cotton, 35% silk
Summerlite 4ply – made using 100% of the finest cotton resulting in a beautiful soft matt cotton, with a wonderful summer tonal colour palette.
Fibre: 100% cotton
Summerlite DK – made using 100% of the finest cotton resulting in a beautiful soft matt cotton, with a wonderful summer tonal colour palette.
Fibre: 100% cotton
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.
Fibre: 100% wool
Please bear in mind that these photos were taken on a smartphone and may not be a true representation of their colour.