Woolen yarn ZEM - 4-ply suffolk, natural, 100g, DK

ZEM (EARTH, in slovak ) is the name of our 4-ply local suffolk breed specific yarn, processed in Slovakia. Suffolk wool is typical for its good wearability, warmth and durability. The yarn is 4-layer chain-ply, which increases its durability and stitch definition. It is great for textured or cabled knitting patterns.

As a "golden middle" among different types of wool, it is perfect for outerwear: vests, sweaters, socks and gloves. The more resilient customers (skin-sensitivity-wise) will easily tolerate a scarf, hat or turtleneck, and those sensitive ones can always use it well for bags, slippers or home textile accessories.

9.90 €


  • Color: undyed, natural
  • Structure: 4-ply
  • Yarn weight: 270m / 100g, DK
  • Content: 100% Slovak wool of the Suffolk breed
  • Sample: 10x10cm: 24 stitches x 30 rows
  • WPI: 15
  • Needles: 2.5 - 3.5mm (according to individual tension)
  • Delivery: hand-rewound and labeled cake

This yarn is flexible, very durable and strong, variable and of course warm and healthy :-) The structure of the 4-ply, spun into a chain, makes it even stronger. The twist is, however, gentle enough, so your knitting will not result in a too stiff fabric. Of course, it still falls into the "golden middle" type and is perfect for outerwear: vests, sweaters, socks and gloves.

Thanks to its chain structure, it stands out especially in cabled knitting or crocheted patterns. You'll hardly see any pilling on your projects, made of this yarn.

Breed Specific wool - suffolk

Suffolk is originally an English breed of sheep, from the lowlands (one of the so-called "down breeds"), world-wide spread and adaptable, already bred in Slovakia quite commonly. It belongs among the meat breeds, therefore its wool has long been overlooked as a by-product. This is a shame, of course, because this fiber (like everything) has its specific advantages.

The wool of the suffolk breed even belongs among those fibers that are not so easily felted. This can be an advantage in the maintenance of finished products, since there is much lower risk of felting during washing. If you would like to felt it, you can, but it will take a little longer than felting merino :-)

  • WARNING: any hand-knitted woolen socks will always last less than commercial ones, made of very fine and dense fabric. When we talk about the durability of sock yarn, we always compare individual wool yarns for hand knitting. However, this yarn has great potential to last a lot, and you will support its durability even more by choosing smaller diameter needles for a denser knit (pay attention to a sufficiently flexible pattern to be able to wear the sock :-) ).

If you want socks for bed, many yarns will serve you fine, but if you want socks for hiking boots, you won't avoid holes over time. However, you can slow down, pull out the darning ball and give your hand-knitted piece a little care and visible mending :-)

  • We write more about wool maintenance HERE.
  • We write more about the properties of sheep wool HERE.
  • We write more about the suffolk breed specific wool HERE.