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Yarn of the Month – Cumbria

England’s stunning north-western landscape with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells inspired this classic worsted-weight yarn made from fine Merino for softness, wool from the English Masham sheep for a beautiful heathered colour and Argentinian mohair for strength and lustre. Fabrics made from Cumbria are soft yet strong, making it a perfect yarn for everyday knitwear.

Tommy Martin photo credit

In November, we showed off our fingering/4ply version of the Cumbria blend, with a series of film shorts and a blog post, which you can see here

And now, in this, the coldest of months here in the North of England, we are embracing Cumbria in its worsted weight, and enjoying the extra warmth provided by this thicker yarn. This month in particular, we will shine a light on the designs that use Cumbria Worsted, which we know will inspire you to try out this stunning yarn.

A few beautiful examples

Our newest addition to The Almanac Series is the Yarrow pullover! We are excited to share a little sneak peek at our newest design coming on 13th January.

The Almanac Series is a seasonal guide to knitting with The Fibre Co. yarns, inspired by medicinal plants and traditional herbal healing. You can see all of the designs in the collection so far on the website.

But if you can’t wait, we have an abundance of beautiful patterns designed to show off Cumbria Worsted at its best, including the Brenna Cowl.

A modern take on the traditional knitted sampler, Brenna is a great way to play with colour, texture and pattern. The cowl takes 3 hanks of Cumbria Worsted, each a different colour, and playfully combines the colours with slipped-, textured- and striped-stitch patterns.


The original One Sweater pattern was designed for Cumbria Worsted and remains a classic staple of the handmade wardrobe for every member of the family. A gender inclusive pullover with an exceptionally large range of sizes, (from toddler to 5XL!), this top-down, seamless pattern is a fantastic introduction to sweater knitting, with loads of video tutorials walking you through every step of the knitting project.

Men's Raglan Sweater Pattern

Lowther is a versatile cardigan for all genders, designed by Lotta H Löthgren in either weight of Cumbria: worsted or fingering. It is knitted seamlessly from the top down with short-row, set-in sleeves and an elegant twisted stitch detail used on the shoulders, sleeves, back and front edges. 

A couple smile at the camera, linking arms in front of a white stone wall. They wear v-neck cardigans that are hand knit for them | Lowther Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Catbells is an oversized, cropped pullover designed by Megan Nodecker,  who designed this effortlessly stylish and comfy pullover; which is like an elegant version of your favourite sweatshirt. Worked seamlessly from the top down, Catbells features an all-over eyelet-garter texture stitch, dropped shoulders and slightly puffed sleeves.

Catbells Kit

If you have enjoyed knitting with Cumbria, please don’t forget to share it with us! Please use the #TheFibreCoCumbria when you post about it on social media and tag us with @thefibrecompany on Instagram and @TheFibreCo on Facebook when you post so we can admire your beautiful projects!

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