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The Yarn Collective | Luxury Yarns Picked by Rad Knitwear Designers

June 14, 2017

Have you all seen the gorgeous yarns over at The Yarn Collective?  If not, you’re in for a treat!  We’ve got the inside scoop on their colorways and fibers, all curated with care by some of the raddest names in knitwear design.  Read on for the full interview; shop for their full line here: and follow their Instagram feed here.  This is a group you’ll want to know – trust us!

Pembroke Worsted range the yarn collective

Tell us about who you are and what you make/sell!

The Yarn Collective is a fibre and design company focused on working with the best independent designers to bring you luxurious hand-dyed yarns in a range of inspiring colourways.  In this way we are seeking to not only encourage existing knitters to try new, more challenging and thought provoking patterns, we are also seeking to support the independent designers to have a bigger role in the yarn and colour design process – thereby empowering and enabling them.

Secretkeeper knitwear design
The collective is just that – a collective – in the sense that the designers support each other and the broader community. A percentage of profits goes directly to the designers (in addition to a guaranteed fee for the work they do in yarn and pattern design) and in addition there is a percentage that goes into a communal pot which the designers can use as they feel most appropriate. This includes charitable causes and causes that are working to sustain our craft.

Portland Lace Box TYC

When did The Yarn Collective get started? Who are the designers on your team?

The Yarn Collective launched in 2016 in collaboration with 3 leading designers: (pictured left to right) Bristol Ivy with Pembroke Worsted, Carol Feller with Bloomsbury DK, and Melanie Berg with Portland Lace.

the yarn collective designers

A trio of designers representing the best of modern knitwear design have been chosen to launch The Yarn Collective. These international designers are keeping the knitting industry fresh, relevant and thriving. Melanie Berg from Germany, Bristol Ivy from the USA and Carol Feller from Ireland have created and curated three different, distinctive and wonderful lines for The Yarn Collective.
It doesn’t stop with these three designers. The Collective extends in many ways with Melanie, Carol and Bristol personally inviting fellow designers that they respect to design items for their yarns. Other independent designers are also inspired to create their own patterns using The Yarn Collective.

knitwear design the yarn collective

What is the designer’s role in curating yarns? Do they decide primarily on color or are there other factors?

The current designers have all picked their colors and the names for these. Future designers will pick their blends too!

portland lace the yarn collective

How/where are your yarns made?

The yarns are spun from the softest merino wool to create a wonderfully soft handle that is suitable for all types of knitting and crochet. The final spun thread has been plied together with just enough twist to prevent pilling but to allow the fabric to softly drape. The Yarn Collective have had the pleasure in collaborating with a family-run mill that has been established for over 85 years in Peru. Now run by the third generation, their passion for ethics matches The Yarn Collective’s own commitment to environmentally safe practices and social responsibility.

TYC Full Collection

Where can we shop for your products?

You can browse all our yarns and patterns at www.theyarncollective.com but The Yarn Collective is exclusively available to purchase in the US via www.loveknitting.com.

Any new products you’re excited to be developing right now?

We’re currently working on launching exciting new lines with designers as renowned and esteemed as our launch trio. Plus, new patterns to support the yarn!

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