The yarns listed here are all available on cones, however, if you have a ball winder and/or an umbrella swift you can more or less use any of the hand knitting yarns too, it's just that they'll need winding into a flat ball so you knit an even tension.
We don't have much experience of using very fine gauge/industrial machines, so if you feel any of the yarns listed are in the incorrect category please let us know.
To make a distinction between our hand knitting category and this category the yarns listed here are all available on cones. However, if you have a ball winder and/or an umbrella swift you can more or less use any of the hand knitting yarns too, it's just that they'll need winding into a flat ball so you knit an even tension. Similarly any of the yarns listed here can be knit by hand (you may just need rather a lot of patience for the 2plys and finer)!
Machine knitting is really making a resurgence, with classes running up and down the country and knitters dragging their machines out of the loft! Fine yarns are really economical as they go such a long way and create lovely smooth, even fabrics that are almost impossible to achieve by hand. Or knock up an aran sweater in next to no time on your chunky gauge for the ultimate speed knitting.
This range includes the very finest yarns available for industrial knitting machines, plus hairy mohair you can only tackle on a chunky machine. Please visit the "Yarns by Thickness" section if you need more defined categories.