The Fibre Co. had long wanted to offer their own sock yarn that stays true to their guiding principle of harnessing the beauty that nature provides in a way that is gentle on our planet. And now, they are delighted to share Amble with us.

Amble is everything that you'd want from a sock yarn; soft and comfortable, yet strong enough to withstand lots of wear. Blending Easy-wash Merino wool with Easy-wash alpaca and recycled nylon, it's machine-washable too, making Amble very easy to care for. Although Amble has been designed especially for sock knitting, this is a soft and durable yarn also great for easy-to-care-for sweaters and accessories.

Unlike most washable sock yarns, Amble uses alpaca and Merino wool that has been treated using the Easy-wash process. This makes the fibres machine-washable, without using the hazardous chemicals that are often used in producing machine-washable wools, making it the best environmental choice for sock yarns.

Recycled nylon has also been added to the blend for added strength and durability. This comes from the leftover industrial waste of producing nylon, keeping it out of landfills and using fewer production resources like water and fossil fuels than virgin nylon.

  • 4ply / fingering weight
  • 70% Easy-wash merino wool, 20% Easy-wash alpaca, 10% recyled nylon
  • 325m / 355yd per 100g skein
  • Needle size: 2.5mm (US 1.5) or size recommended in the pattern
  • Gauge: 32 sts per 10cm (4 in)
  • Care: machine wash on wool cycle or hand wash at 300C. Dry flat.
  • Made in Peru.

What is Easy-wash?
Much of the machine-washable wool yarn in today's market is made with a chlorine treatment process that produces high levels of toxic Adsorbable Organohalogens, known as AOX. While yarns produced in this manner are not known to be toxic to the user, AOX used in the treatment ends up in wastewater and has a detrimental impact on tributaries, wildlife, and fauna.

Instead, we use the Easy-wash method, which is chlorine-free and AOX-free, making it the best environmental choice for producing machine-washable wool. The wool and alpaca fibres are treated with eco-friendly oxidants to remove the scales that ordinarily cause wool and alpaca to shrink when washed by machine.

The oxidants used are sourced in Germany and are certified under the REACH, Oeko-tex and ZDCH (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemical) standards. This means that the Easy-wash treatment does not create hazardous chemicals that you'd get with most machine-washable wools.

Why use recycled nylon?
Nylon fibre is not easily biodegradable, however, it makes sock yarns stronger and more durable. The recycled nylon used in Amble comes from the leftover industrial waste of processing nylon, thereby diverting waste from landfills, and using fewer production resources like water and fossil fuels than virgin nylon.

Are you wanting to make socks? The One Sock pattern by Kate Atherley has been designed for Amble. One Sock is a classic top-down sock pattern to fit all feet. With lots of opportunities to customise the fit and design, this pattern comes with the One Sock Guidebook, a resource that walks makers through the process of knitting beautiful socks that fit, as well as an opportunity to practice your new sock skills with the beginner-friendly Baby Sock pattern.

Length 325m
Weight 100g
Brand The Fibre Company
Shipping Dimensions W0.080m H0.080m L0.280m
Shipping Weight 0.1000kg
Shipping Cubic 0.001792000m3

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