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Top 25 British Yarn Producers

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Where can you buy British yarn? Loads of places! Read on to find out who’s making yarn here. From local farms and hand-dyers, to large mills and commercial spinners, there’s a wealth of British yarn makers producing some amazing quality yarn.

Following on from a request via the website asking where they could buy British-made hand knitting yarn we put a call out on Instagram for people to recommend companies that make British yarn. We had a fantastic response…it appears that the British yarn scene is thriving.

Our aim was to put together a top 10 of British yarn producers, but there were so many fantastic ones to choose from that we went well over 20. If you know of any others then please mention them in the comments below and we’ll add them to this post.

One thing that we’d like to point out is the distinction between British wool and British-spun yarn. This article covers British spun yarn, i.e. the criteria was that the yarn was spun in Britain but might be from fibres that aren’t from the UK. However, the vast majority here, especially from the smaller companies, use local fibres from British sheep or Alpaca. If in doubt, always ask the yarn supplier to give more details about the provenance of their yarn.

Laura’s Loom

Lauras loom Yarn

Laura’s Loom

Laura’s Loom produce fine weaving and knitting yarns in various weights and colours from iconic British sheep breeds including Bluefaced Leicester, Hebridean and Wensleydale.

Laxtons

Laxtons

Laxtons are specialist manufacturers of worsted and fancy yarns, not for hand knitting a high volume manufacturing. You’ll find them at our Meet the Manufacturer event.

Three Bears Yarn

Three Bears Yarn

Three Bears Yarn

Proudly producing quality yarns in Lancashire, England, through working with the quality textile manufacturers here in the UK. Dyeing all yarns in their Lancashire Dye House – Blackburn Yarn Dyers Ltd.

Town End Alpacas

Town End Alpacas

Town End Alpacas

Town End Alpacas produce British alpaca wools  and other UK alpaca blend knitting yarns from their farm in the Lake District.  They buy local fleece where possible and sort and blend the fibres on the farm.

Ardalanish Mill

Ardalanish Mill

The Ardalanish Mill on the Isle of Mull not only spins its own yarn but also weaves it into beautiful fabrics.

Black Isle Yarns

Black Isle Yarns

Natural and sustainable yarns from Scotland.

Blacker Yarns

Blacker Yarns

Blacker Yarns produce a range of beautiful breed specific yarns made exclusively from British sheep, all spun in Cornwall. They are also one of the exhibitors at our Make it British Live! event.

Cambrian Wool

Cambrian Wool

100% Welsh wool spun from the fleece of the of the Welsh Mule.

Countess Ablaze

Countess Ablaze

Yarn-dyer based in Manchester with some stunning coloured wool.

Daughter of a Shepherd

Daughter of a Shepherd

100% British wool from shepherds and producers within the United Kingdom.

Eden Cottage Yarns

Eden Cottage Yarns

Beautiful hand-dyed yarns.

Garthenor

Garthenor

Certified organic knitting yarns from traditional British sheep.

Isle Yarns

Isle Yarns

Pure wool from the Isle of Purbeck.

J.C. Rennie & Co

J. C. Rennie & Co.

Established in 1798, J.C. Rennie make beautiful woollen yarns for knitters and weavers. They’ll be exhibiting at our Meet the Manufacturer event in May.

Jamieson & Smith

Jamieson Smith

Jamieson & Smith Shetland Wool Brokers purchase Shetland wool from over 700 of Shetland’s crofters and farmers, and transform it into high-quality Shetland yarn.

Jamiesons of Shetland

Jamiesons of Shetland

Shetland wool and yarn suppliers.

John Arbon

Jon Arbon

Worsted spun luxury yarns and custom yarns for hand dyers and designers.

Kettle Yarn Co.

Kettle Yarn Co.

Hand-dyed British yarn from ethical mills.

Knockando Woolmill

Knockando Woolmill

Historic working district woolmill situated in Knockando, in the Spey valley, Scotland.

Lily Warne Wool

Lily Warne

British wool from a Devon farm.

New Lanark Wool and Textiles

New Lanark Wool and Textiles

New Lanark Wool & Textiles is a small-scale producer of high quality Chunky, Aran, Double Knitting and Organic woollen yarn.

R.E. Dickie

R.E. Dickie

Specialising in British and Rare Breeds Wool, manufactured on their premises in Halifax.

The Knitting Goddess

The Knitting Goddess

The Knitting Goddess is an independent dyer of British knitting yarns, producing hand dyed yarns from British wool.

Toft Alpaca

Toft Alpaca

The Toft Alpaca shop sells British alpaca and luxury 100% wool yarn.

Uist Wool

Uist Wool

Undyed yarns from the Outer Hebrides.

West Yorkshire Spinners

West Yorkshire Spinners

West Yorkshire Spinner’s yarn is reared, sheared and spun in Britain.

If you’re looking to buy from these British yarn producers you may want visit the Edinburgh Yarn Festival which happens in March. With over 100 exhibitors, many of which produce 100% British wool, it promises to be a great event for knitters.

Find more details about the event here.

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Comments

  1. Natalie Hepburn on January 26, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Great to see British wool championed but please don’t forget the small guys who keep the sheep and sell their own wool. We do this ourselves and sell via our Etsy shop, https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GarlicMeadow and through local wool shops.

  2. Lisa on January 26, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Yarn Stories manufactured in Huddersfield.

  3. David Griffiths on January 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Griffiths’ Mill in Derbyshire produce 100% British yarn not just spun in Britain but grown here as well!

    • Kate Hills on January 26, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Ooh, thanks David. I’ll add them to this post!

  4. Paula Steer on January 26, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Many thanks for putting our Farm to Yarn family business on the list proud to fly the flag for British Wool from our Debin Farm

  5. Isla on January 27, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Hi
    My name is Isla and I run BritYarn, an online yarn shop which only sells British wool (wool that has come from British sheep). I stock many of the producers you have featured and many more. It is fantastic to see British wool featured.

    • Kate Hills on January 27, 2017 at 8:11 am

      Hi Isla. So glad you got in touch – a love the yarn shop! Have added you to the article 🙂

  6. Jane Cooper on January 27, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Great to see you featuring British knitting yarn 🙂

    I’m pretty certain that all of the British wool yarns on these pages are processed, spun and dyed in Britain.
    http://www.woolsack.org/BWYarn
    http://www.woolsack.org/SingleFarmYarns
    http://www.woolsack.org/Regional
    http://www.woolsack.org/Wool-Only

  7. Barbara on January 27, 2017 at 9:08 am

    The Little Grey Sheep – from sheep loved and cared for in Hampshire, sheared by Susie, washed in Yorkshire, spun in Devon and hand dyed on the farm by Emma.

  8. Sally Davies on January 27, 2017 at 9:45 am

    So pleased to see Garthenor here. The first certified organic wool yarn in the world.

  9. Judi Smith on January 27, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Low Sutton Wool produces a range of undyed yarns from our own flock of Ryelands and other breeds of sheep kept locally to us in the Yorkshire Dales http://www.lowsutton.co.uk

  10. Simon Powers on January 27, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I can recommend Laxtons as they spin all our yarn to our specific needs. They are really helpful and friendly even though we are only a small customer for them. Our yarn all comes British Wool Board Platinum Certified as well which is great.

  11. Helen Lockhart on January 27, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Am I allowed a shout out for my own business? Ripples Crafts, based in the Scottish Highlands. Hand dyed yarn on a mix of bases which include British Bluefaced Leicester http://www.ripplescrafts.com. I’ll be at Edinburgh Yarn Festival.

  12. Katie on January 27, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I’m Sylvan Tiger Yarn. Based in Yorkshire I dye British yarns, including a soon to be launched limited edition custom spun yarn, with natural dyes. http://www.etsy.com/shop/sylvantigeryarn
    http://www.sylvantiger.co.uk

  13. Deb on January 27, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    This is a great list! If I could just suggest one addition – you missed Baa Ram Ewe! This Yorkshire firm produce beautiful yarns from British breeds, all spun and dyed in Yorkshire 🙂 https://baaramewe.co.uk

  14. Jill Shepherd on January 27, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Hello, so pleased to see this list. Can I post a link for Seren, a DK Welsh Mule (BFL/Welsh White Mountain) yarn, produced in my own part of Wales in the Cambrian Mountains and dyed by me in my studio. Future projects include fibre from Wiltshire and Devon.

    https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/wrigglefingers

  15. Jill Shepherd on January 27, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Hello, so pleased to see this list. Can I post a link for Seren, a DK Welsh Mule (BFL/Welsh White Mountain) yarn, produced in my own part of Wales in the Cambrian Mountains and dyed by me in my studio. Future projects include fibre from Wiltshire and Devon.

    https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/wrigglefingers

  16. Kim Kearney on January 27, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Town End Alpaca Yarns produces luxurious knitting yarns from British alpaca, Blue Faced Leicester and Shetland wools. All our yarns are spun and dyed in the UK.

    We will be at Edinburgh Yarn Festival, unravel and Wonderwool Wales.

  17. Laura Rosenzweig on January 27, 2017 at 10:45 pm
  18. Laura Rosenzweig on January 27, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Another comment: festivals like Woolfest and Yarndale and all the other wool events throughout the UK have lists of exhibitors on their websites. Many of these exhibitors either produce or sell British wool yarns, for knitting OR WEAVING!! (my personal beef with yarn articles – where are the weavers??) There are many many British-made yarns available these days, all telling incredible stories. Lists can end up leaving out lots of the lesser known brands so shout from the roof tops for all that you know about! And don’t forget to look at Woolsack for a really comprehensive list.

  19. Jean Ayers on February 1, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Great to see this list of wool processed in Britain. We are producing undyed wool in small amounts from our own flock in Dorset – Bramblecot Yarn.

  20. Rachel on February 1, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Great List – keep adding to it!

    Just wish glossy magazines would feature articles like this more often.

  21. Meg Rodger on February 22, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    The Birlinn Yarn Company sell yarn and sheepskin products from Hebridean sheep bred on the Isle of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
    Our products, like our Hebridean sheep, are rare and small in number.
    We sell natural yarns which are a blend of our Hebridean and locally sourced white fleeces and have recently added a range of organic over-dyed colours.
    Sustainably produced, our products glean their aesthetic qualities from the Hebridean landscape and culture.

  22. Natalie Hepburn on March 23, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    There is a group on facebook which aims to link knitters who like to know about the provenance of their wool with the people who keep the sheep/ alpacas and sell the wool.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/ShepherdsWool/

  23. Artefakt Rugs on April 25, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Anyone can recommend me a company which produce yarns suitable for hand tufting?

  24. Carole Dukes on May 5, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Calling all producers of organic and chemical free dyed wool or other chemical free natural fibres. I want to hear from you please. Thank you. cfddukes@icloud.com.

  25. Tracy Sutton on June 10, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    I’m writing a blog. I’m a knitter of some 35 years. Just started using proper yarn to knit socks. I’m writing about British yarn and am interested in its production and the whole process. I’m comparing brands as I knit . If you would like to help my project and perhaps send me a yarn sample please contact me. http://towneleycrafts.blogspot.co.uk/

  26. Lou on June 12, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    There’s also a great site called Meraki Boutique – they’ve gathered a lot of British suppliers including Eden Cottage and baa ram ewe to make knit kits for beginners. From a flyer, I think they are soon going to be The Knit Kit Company but haven’t rebranded yet! They only started up within the last year so are quite new but building up all their range of products. http://merakiboutique.co.uk

  27. Lily on June 12, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Please also check out Flock England – all our products are 100% British, 100% Natural and 100% Wool. We use the fleeces of our very own sheep, to make blankets, scarves and wool. No dyes or chemicals used. http://www.flockengland.co.uk

  28. Jean R Oxley on June 24, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    I’m trying to find a supplier of 2/16 woolen spun yarn for weaving. At one time I was able to get to yarn from Lochcarron but no longer. Any suggestions?

    • Jenny Duffill on November 29, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Jamiesons of Shetland do weaving yarn, similar to Harris yarn but not so rough

      • Kate Hills on November 30, 2017 at 10:04 am

        Thanks for letting us know Jenny

  29. Kate Schofield on August 26, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Ooooh don’t leave me out! Lancashire Farm wools ‘From Farm to Yarn ….real wool from real sheep’. Nothing fancy,top quality wool from the top quality fleeces of conservation grazer sheep in Arnside/Silverdale and Forest of Bowland AONB’s in lovely Lancashire

  30. Pauline McPherson on September 24, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Hi,
    Our new business Lifelong Yarns is one of the very few to offer luxury yarns from the Scottish Blackface sheep. Our yarns are grown spun and dyed in the lowlands of Scotland. We create long-lasting yarns which are Good for the knitter, Good for the shepherd and Good for the Earth. Check out why on our website http://www.lifelongyarns.com

  31. Catherine Cross on September 28, 2017 at 1:21 am

    I hand spin various fibres from my home in South-East Wales. There isn’t a vast amount, but it’s all spun with love, and available from my online shop!

  32. Enrica Abate on November 30, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Hello,
    Im Enrica from Switzerland.
    Sorry for my very bad English…
    Im just discovery the Wool world.
    I’m not a company just a mum, who would like to find a producer , able to sale to me a nice quality and already colored mérinos 100% yarn , on 19 up to 23 microns (for needles blankets, etc).
    If anyone can help me with this I will really appreciate.
    Thanks for your comments…

    • Kate Hills on November 30, 2017 at 10:03 am

      Maybe try Laxtons Enrica

  33. Rachel Hunnybun on December 29, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    We here at baa ram ewe are also a British yarn producer. Based in Yorkshire, we spin and dye our yarns locally using 100% British wool. Check us out at baaramewe.co.uk
    Our masterplan is to make Yorkshire famous for wool production across the world once more, reconnecting it to its woolly heritage. We’ve put ourselves at the centre of this renaissance commanding worldwide appeal for our luxurious and authentic wools.

  34. Lisa de la Salle on June 28, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Hello…Can anyone help me ? I am looking at buy super chunky wool at trade price. I am not having much luck with my search. Many Thanks

  35. Pearl on July 30, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Hi everyone – I am looking to start my own business selling super chunky wool in kits with bamboo kneeled. Can anyone help? Cheers

    • Pearl on July 30, 2018 at 11:50 pm

      Knitting needles

  36. Sunshine Stewart on August 20, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    My Mama Knits hand dyed yarns are available on a 100% UK sourced and spun BFL sock weight yarn called Twisty Face. https://mymamaknits.com/search?q=Twisty+face

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