Wool Yarn Reviews

A Look at a Fabulous Fiber

Many knitters are big fans of wool, and there are tons of different wool yarns on the market. Here is a collection of wool yarn reviews to help you navigate the store shelves or choose a yarn to play with from your favorite online yarn store. You can also add your thoughts to many of these reviews.

  • 01 of 16

    Berroco Hip-Hop

    berroco wool yarn
    Berroco Hip-Hop. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This funky thick and thin yarn is a lot of fun to work with and a great choice for accessories. The colors are nice and cheerful, too.

  • 02 of 16

    Black Water Abbey Yarn

    black water abbey wool
    Black Water Abbey Yarn. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This beautiful Irish wool is a little scratchy, but it's great for outerwear like that bulky sweater you wear over a T-shirt on the coldest days. It would also be a great choice for hats or any project with a cable.

  • 03 of 16
    Cascade 220 wool
    Cascade 220 Superwash. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Cascade 220 is well-known as a great basic wool available in a dizzying array of colors. The superwash version is pretty great, too, with many of the same colors in a machine washable version.

  • 04 of 16

    Cascade Ecological Wool

    cascade ecological wool
    Cascade Ecological Wool. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Minimally processed and naturally colored, Cascade Ecological Wool comes in huge skeins and is soft and easy to work with. You'll love it for sweaters and throws.

    Continue to 5 of 16 below.
  • 05 of 16

    Hand Jive Nature's Palette Columbia

    hand jive wool yarn
    Hand Jive Nature's Palette. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This yarn is mostly organic yarn from Columbia sheep with a bit of mohair thrown in. It's a lovely hand-dyed yarn great for sweaters, hats and other winter wear with an eco twist.

  • 06 of 16
    hand jive wool yarn
    Hand Jive Nature's Palette Merino. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Merino wool is probably one of the best-known breeds, well regarded for its softness. This yarn is a beautiful example, with tons of drape and a light weight that would be great for baby things or lace knitting

  • 07 of 16

    Koigu Premium Merino

    koigu wool yarn
    Koigu Premium Merino. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Koigu is known for making beautiful hand-painted yarns that look solid but actually have wonderful color variations. Premium Merino is great for baby clothes and other finer-gauge projects.

  • 08 of 16

    Lion Brand LB Collection Organic Wool

    lion brand wool yarn
    Lion Brand LB Collection Organic Wool. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    If you're interested in your knitting being a little kinder to the planet, check out Lion Brand's great organic wool, which is worsted weight but feels bulkier and quicker knitting.

    Continue to 9 of 16 below.
  • 09 of 16

    Lion Brand Lion Wool

    lion brand wool yarn
    Lion Brand Lion Wool. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Another good all-purpose wool yarn is Lion Wool, which felts beautifully and comes in a great range of colors.

  • 10 of 16

    Midnightsky Fibers Rockfish

    midnightsky fibers wool yarn
    Midnightsky Fibers Rockfish. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Hand-dyed and handspun yarns are a great way to get something a little unusual for your projects, and this lightweight wool is a wonderful example of the quality workmanship you can find from small producers.

  • 11 of 16

    Midnightsky Fibers Roo Rio

    midnightsky fibers wool yarn
    Midnightsky Fibers Roo Rio. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Another beautiful handmade yarn is Roo Rio, which is also dyed in a sustainable fashion as well as being handspun and hand-dyed. This super-bulky yarn would be great for a funky scarf.

  • 12 of 16

    O-Wool Classic 2-Ply

    O-Wool yarn
    O-Wool Classic 2-Ply. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    O-Wool makes gorgeous yarns that are also organic. This fine weight merino is a beauty that's super soft and would be perfect for a little sweater for a baby girl or a grown woman.

    Continue to 13 of 16 below.
  • 13 of 16

    O-Wool Classic

    O-Wool wool yarn
    O-Wool Classic. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The heavy worsted version of O-Wool's organic merino is a wonderful choice for bulkier projects like longies for a baby or a cozy sweater for a person of any size.

  • 14 of 16

    Plymouth Galway

    plymouth wool yarn
    Plymouth Galway. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    An easy-to-work-with, easy-to-felt fiber can be found in Plymouth Galway, which is a great go-to basic in 80 different colors.

  • 15 of 16

    Rowan Big Wool

    rowan wool yarn
    Rowan Big Wool. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Super chunky Rowan Big Wool is a fun yarn for quick-knitting projects. I love it for accessories like scarves and arm warmers, but it would be great for a super-quick sweater as well.

  • 16 of 16

    Valley Yarns Northampton

    valey yarns wool yarn
    Valley Yarns Northampton. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This workhorse wool yarn is a great basic to have in your stash in a bunch of different colors. It's great for felting and colorwork projects.