Rennie Handknits Yarn review.

Britain has always produced quality yarn for centuries, whether it be for handknits or a Saville Row tailor, making some of the best quality fabric available.

J C Rennie of Scotland - handknit yarns

A palette that only nature can create

Nothing is more evident than in the range of yarns produced by J C Rennie of Scotland.

Rennie use British sourced wool where they can but all lambswool fleece is sourced from the former colonies of either New Zealand or Australia. A tradition which has changed little since the Industrial Revolution, and is part of the romance.

Their most popular machine knitting yarn is the 2/11 Supersoft. However for those who prefer a more authentic look, there is the 2/9nm Unique Shetland yarn.

There has been an increase in customers asking for their supersoft cashmere which has the look of lambswool but the texture of cashmere. This also comes in a wide range of colours with a sumptuous feel, giving a very natural but fashionable finish.

Rennie’s 4ply supersoft handknits are loved by many discerning knitters and some of the colour palette has now been extended into the popular Aran range.

Amazing colours

Handling quality of the yarn is exceptional and the colours are truly amazing.

The chunky Aran weight  pure new wool in COUTURE 1464 looks as though is has been dyed with a handful of squashed berries from the Scottish hedgerow, whilst the 4 ply Lambswool in Thistledown and DK Supersoft Cashmere shade 053, reflect the colours of the heather which cloak the mountain sides.

J C Rennie yarns of Scotland

Beautiful melange yarns with a luxurious finish

Fitting very easily into the contemporary palette of purples, mauves and lilacs, these yarns will produce very fashionable garments which will just ooze quality.

The melange shades inspired by “The Colours of Scotland” are made up of blends of many different colours of wool, fused together during the carding process.  However, this is very subtle and we feel, results in one of the finest natural colour blends available.

Knitting in more than one colour with these yarns is a dream, as all the natural shades blend so well with each other, just as they do in nature….the only problem is; which ones to choose.

Scottish Yarn

J C Rennie of Scotland have produced high quality genuine and authentic yarn since 1798, made in the Aberdeenshire countryside using traditional methods which has changed little since the Industrial Revolution.  One of Scotland’s oldest and few remaining woollen mills, they, like us are passionate about manufacturing and the woollen industry in the UK.

Yes, we have waxed lyrical but as knitters who like quality, these yarns are an example of what Britain does best.

Their range is now available to weavers, machine knitters and hand knitters, on the cone or in 50g balls.  Prices for the J C Rennie yarns are also very competitive, making this brand exceptional value for money. – Purchase these sumptuous yarns online or view their list of suppliers.

About Knitting Yarn

The long continuous length of thread that we use for knitting, crochet or weaving, is called yarn and is made of various types of interlocked fibres.

Yarn types will fall into three categories;

  • Thickness or grade of yarn – Often referred to as weight (but has nothing to do with the weight of ball or hank you buy).
  • Yarn fibre – These can either be natural or man made fibres, such as wool, cotton, linen or acrylic.
  • Yarn finish – Yarns made from natural fibres, especially wool, will either be scoured (finished) or unscoured (greasy).

Yarn thickness

Yarn thickness, weight or grade, varies from laceweight (fine) to chunky (thick) and there will be variations on a theme, Each thickness of yarn will require a certain size of needle, generally the finer the yarn, the thinner the needle.

Knitting yarn ball band guide

Knitting yarn ball band guide

As with needle sizing, there are differences between UK, US and European definitions and some yarns, especially the bulky or texturised yarns may fall between certain categories.

Most yarn “bands” will carry a needle size and tension guide but everbody’s knitting tension differs and for this reason,  it is essential to knit a test swatch and compare it to the requirements of the pattern or the ball band on the yarn.

You will soon get used to how your tension compares to each type of yarn.

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Yarn fibres

Yarn can be made from many types of natural fibre and include wool, cotton, linen, angora and cashmere.
Synthetic yarns are man made fibres and include, Nylon, Acrylic, Polyester and bamboo.

These fibres are then put together in a continual strand by spinning, twisting and grouping filaments or texturising.

Yarn finish

knitting yarn

Finished hand knitting yearns

Yarns made from natural animal fibres, such as wool, will also be split into two types;

  • Finished or (scoured)– Nearly all hand knitting yarn is scoured or finished yarn.  This has had the natural oils removed and gives a good idea of how the finished garment will feel.

    It is usually available in balls or hanks of about 50 – 250g.

  • Unfinished or greasy (Unscoured) – Professional machine knitters will usually use unscoured or greasy yarn.  This has not been treated since the dying process and the natural oils in the fibres remain.

    The finishing process is carried out by the knitter.
    It is slightly harsher to knit with but much better for knitting machines as the strands will not readily split.

    Unscoured yarn is usually available in 500g cones or larger and gives the skilled knitter the opportunity to determine the finished feel of the garment or item.