Quince & Co. wool yarns are 100% sourced and spun in the US. By sourcing and manufacturing our wool line in the US, we minimize our carbon footprint and bring business to the once great American textile industry.
Each Quince yarn is unique. They vary not only in weight but in structure and personality as well. Read on.
Three-ply Chickadee is a well-rounded, bouncy, and elastic sport weight. Although smooth, tidy, and refined in the skein, it makes a fabric with even stitches, drape, softness, and a hint of halo to smooth things out. Use this yarn when you want etched textures, clean-cut cables, and crisp colorwork patterns. Try it in breezy cardigans when you want fluid drape or in cozy accessories that are comfortable next to your skin.
Chickadee knits up on size US 3 to 7 needles [3.25 to 4.5mm], depending on what you’re looking for. It’s the perfect all around, sport weight yarn.
Finch is a little sprite, a fingering weight yarn with spark. Its four neatly twisted plies give the yarn a smooth, tailored finish that’s sturdy and hardwearing. It's soft to the touch, drapey, and perfectly balanced for even stockinette-stitch fabric. It’s supreme in delicately articulated texture stitches, cables, and lace patterns. And its well-defined structure makes it great for pretty Fair Isle patterns.
We like it at 6-7 stitches per inch on size US 3 and 4 needles [3.25 and 3.5mm]. Drop down to US 2’s [2.75mm] when you want a tight fabric. Loosen it up on US 5’s [3.75mm] when you want drape and swing.
Lark is the perfect, classic worsted weight yarn. Its four plump plies are twisted just enough to ensure durability, without any loss of loft and drape. The yarn is round, soft, and well-balanced for smooth, even stitches. Lark’s traditional plied structure shows off texture stitches and cables brilliantly. And it’s great for well-defined colorwork patterns, too. Its subtle halo invites caresses. Beware.
Lark is versatile: Knit it on size US 6 [4mm] needles for a windproof mitten and on size US 8’s [5mm], or even 9’s [5.5mm], for a drapey, open cardigan.
Osprey is an Aran weight yarn made from three plies of superfine American merino. The plies are gently twisted together for a cushy yarn with good bounce. Osprey reigns in stockinette and garter; its relaxed plies round and fill out the stitches. And it’s beautiful in texture and color patterns, making them bold and eye-catching.
Osprey knits up handily on size US 10 and 10 ½ [6 and 6.5mm] needles into garments wooly and soft. It’s perfect in pullovers and cozy cardigans, hats and mitts and anything you’d like to wear close to the skin.
Puffin is a round, chunky single-ply yarn spun from sturdy American wool fleece. We’ve worked hard to balance the yarn’s loft and soft hand with its durability. Too much twist and it would feel like rope. Too little, it would pill from the get go. Because single plies have a tendency to pill—the fibers on the surface aren’t secured by a twisted, multi-ply structure—we dye Puffin after it’s spun. This means that the surface fibers are ever so slightly felted to make them cling together, more resistant to lifting and pilling.
Puffin knits up quickly on a size US 13 or 15 [9 or 10mm) needle to make garments with a subtle halo and comfortable hand. It’s great for outdoor sweaters, and it’s perfect for the quick hat or pair of mittens.
We created our "Bare" yarns with hand-dyeing in mind. This yarn is completely natural, with no dyes added. Straight from the mill. Available currently in Chickadee, Lark, Osprey, and Tern. We want to see your creations! Please tag your photos with #quincebare.
American Extra-Fine Merino Wool
Landing right in the sweet spot of DK weight is our decadent bird Phoebe. Soft, luxurious, structured and plump due to its four-ply structure, Phoebe is made from the finest commercially-available extra-fine merino top grown, spun and dyed right here in the United States.
Ideal for many types of projects from simple stockinette to textural stitch patterns and lace, we suggest knitting Phoebe at a gauge of 5 to 5½ stitches per inch on size US 5-7 (3.75-4.5 mm) needles. Coming in at 301 yards [275 m] per 100g skein, the yarn's beautiful, tonal-dyed palette ranges from delicately nuanced to sophisticated variegation. Garments and accessories worked in Phoebe will be appreciated for their snuggle factor and cozy warmth. And knitting with this yarn is itself a treat—an ultra-soft, uniquely satisfying experience that is out of this world.
American Wool Blends
We’ve blended American wool with alpaca for Owl, a pliant two-ply, woolen spun light worsted weight yarn. We kept the same sizing and spin for Owl Tweet, but added wool with shorter fibers for a nubby, tweedy effect. Why woolen spun? Because alpaca is a hollow fiber and the best way to preserve its loft and buoyancy is to keep a lot of air in its structure. Squishy and plump, Owl knits up between 4 ½ to 5 stitches per inch, the perfect weight for just about everything. Because it blooms after washing, you can work Owl on US 8 and 9 needles [5 and 5.5mm]. The round plies bloom to fill in your stitches and create a relaxed and drapey fabric with lots of pretty halo.
Owl comes in a range of natural shades, from deep and dark to misty light. We also overdye the natural blends for muted heathery shades ranging from airy pastels to deep, rich jewel colors.
In little Tern, we’ve blended wool and silk for a smooth, defined fingering yarn. We love how the silk fibers lend drape and a slight sheen to knitted fabric. And we especially appreciate the faded colorways which result from the different ways that silk and wool absorb dye.
Use Tern in socks; its silk component has great tensile strength and the wool therein contributes elasticity and warmth. Use the yarn in open, swingy cardigans; you won’t believe the drape. Use it for mitts and hats and anything you want next to the skin. Tern is great year round; it’s warm and pretty in winter, but light and flowing worked into a summer cardi.
Showcasing mohair's well-known qualities, ethereal Piper is our single-ply laceweight yarn comprised of 50% super kid mohair, 50% superfine merino, both sourced right here in Texas, USA. With its comforting halo and soft sheen, Piper creates a lightweight, yet ultra-warm fabric, soft enough for next-to-skin wear.
Its versatile weight lends itself not only to lace projects, but to hats, mitts, garments, and other projects just as well. We suggest a gauge of 6–7 stitches per inch on size US 3 (3.25 mm) to US 5 (3.75 mm) needles as a starting point, but worked on larger needles at a looser gauge, it can produce a wonderful, airy lace; on smaller needles, a firmer fabric that can ward off winter's chilliest temps.
Ibis is a big sister to our laceweight Piper. A 2-ply bulky weight comprised of the same Texas-sourced 50% super kid mohair, 50% superfine merino content as Piper, Ibis boasts the same gorgeous halo, sheen, and silky softness, in a luscious weight that's quick to work and super warm.
Perfect for accessories and sweaters that are meant to keep the cold at bay, we recommend a gauge of 2.5–2.75 stitches per inch on size US 11 (8 mm) to US 13 (9 mm) for ample warmth and a luxurious fabric that needs to be worn to be believed.
Kestrel is spun from the same superlative organic linen fiber as Sparrow (below), but its structure and appearance couldn’t be more different. Kestrel is a ribbon yarn, a small knitted tube. It knits up super quick on US 10 [6mm] needles. We love it in plain stockinette stitch and simple silhouettes—the better to show off its texture and drape. When you want quick summer knitting in the lovely linen, use Kestrel.
Sparrow is a plain little yarn, beautiful in its simplicity. Its clean, smooth hand is crisp as you knit it. But after washing and wearing it becomes handkerchief-soft and drapey. It’s spun in Italy from organic linen grown in Belgium. Knit Sparrow on a variety of needle sizes—we’ve used needles from size US 2 to size 6 [2.75 to 4mm] —depending on the drape and feel you want in your project. The yarn is a natural in lace patterns, carving out the yarn overs, but it’s fluid, too, in simple stockinette. It’s great in tanks, shawls, and breezy cardigans, and lovely as can be in bags, wash cloths, and other home accessories.
Summery Willet is our go-to sport/DK-weight 100% acala and pima cotton yarn, perfect for just about any project. Spun from California-grown Cleaner Cotton™, a lot of care and attention went into sourcing this longer-staple fiber. Crisp definition and a delightful sheen are qualities cotton is best known for, and the fiber sings in Willet's cheerful, sophisticated palette.
Knit it on US 5 (3.75 mm) needles for baby garments, blankets, hats, mitts, sweaters…the possibilities are endless. Its softness is also easier on the hands than the unforgiving cotton yarns many knitters and crocheters are familiar with.