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Targhee Sweater (worsted weight, non-superwash)

Meet your new favorite sweater yarn.

Yarn holds memory, feeling, hope and longing. It is the potential of wrapping a loved one in the warmest hug. It is a brisk spring evening cuddled by a fire. It is a summer night with the family, stargazing from the coziness of your campsite.

Like a feeling of home, Targhee Sweater yarn isn’t showy. It is soft and matte and thirsty for color, and its true glory comes when you touch it, work with it and wear it.

It’s gentle on the earth: non-superwash, grown and spun domestically.

It’s next to skin soft and durable for wearing. Targhee sheep are a new-ish breed of sheep that blend long and short wool specifically to make the perfect yarn for hand-knitters.

My style of hand-dying and this yarn synchronize like peas and carrots. I create layers of color, with intentional dark blips to mimic low-contrast speckles when knit. The final fabric color is rich, layered, and squishy delicious

Currently available colorways and quantities are in the options above.
Yarn specifications

Targhee Sweater is a robust worsted weight yarn that can be used for any pattern with a gauge between 16 and 20 sts to 4 inches (10 cm). It looks best in garments or accessories where you want body, rather than drape. Think: sweaters, hats, cowls, mittens.

Targhee Sweater
100% non-superwash Targhee wool
220 yards | 100 grams
3-ply construction
American grown and spun

Why I love sweaters made from Targhee wool

Targhee wool is a spectacular fiber that makes full-bodied, durable, warm, and beautiful sweaters. I dye a worsted weight and a sock weight.

Things to know about Targhee:

• It's hard-wearing and next-to-skin soft.

• Dye colors look softer and more muted.

• It has body (rather than drape).

• It's "sticky" which makes it perfect for colorwork.

Targhee is one of the newer sheep breeds and its wool is three-quarters fine wool (like merino) and one-quarter long wool. The long wool reduces pilling and the fine wool makes it next-to-skin soft.

Read more about the Targhee sheep's fascinating history here.

Do you need to alternate skeins?

Yes. All of my yarn is dyed by hand in small batches of four skeins. There will be variations in color intensity and placement. I think that’s part of what makes each skein perfect – they’re not identical. If you will be using more than 1 skein in your project, alternate skeins to blend any color differences.

Caring for your finished item

Targhee Sweater should always be hand-washed with a gentle wool wash and cold-water rinse.

Depending on the difference in chemistry between your local water and mine, there may be some color residue in the wash process. Washing and rinsing in cold water will help to minimize this.

Always let your knitted item air dry to prevent shrinking or felting and to keep your item looking its best.