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With its long staple length, coopworth fleece is ideal for making gansey yarn.  The many plies of this semi-worsted yarn create increased durability and stitch definition, making it perfect for socks, gloves, and ganseys. The fleece for my coopworth yarn comes from Buckwheat Blossom Farm, a horse powered biodynamic farm in Wiscasset, Maine.

This yarn was featured in Beth Brown Reinsel's gansey design Snakes and Ladders, from her recently released revised and updated edition of her book Knitting Ganseys .

Note: The required yardage given in the pattern is quite high - despite all the cables, the yardage should be a bit closer to that required for the other gansey designs.  I would start with 7 skeins for the smallest sizes (or 8 skeins to be extra safe) and work from there. 

This yarn is back from the mill, but is not yet skeined for sale. Recent life changes have put me well behind in my planned yarn production.  Please allow two weeks for delivery.  In the past I have been dyeing gansey sized dye lots to order, and I hope to return to doing so in the near future, but at the moment I will only be filling orders for undyed yarn.  If you prefer dyed yarn, please feel free to send me an email ( and we can discuss amounts and a possible time frame. 


Gauge: 29 to 32 stiches and 40 rows per 4 inches on 2.5mm needles.

Length: approx. 240 yds

$30/sk. dyed, $28.50 undyed. 


5 Ply Coopworth Gansey Yarn overdyes to lovely, every-so-slightly heathered shades.  (Above dyed with indigo, right dyed with madder root).