The sign of the unicorn. A fabric shop for 18th century reenactors and historians.

Wool Knitting Yarn

Throughout the 18th century stockings, mittens and men's caps were commonly made of wool knitting yarn and knit on double pointed wood or bone knitting needles for coarse work and steel knitting needles for fine work. We have selected these yarns because of their appropriateness to the 18th century.

We carry three types of knitting yarn: Sport, Fisherman's, and Acadian Tweed knitting yarn. They are available in 2 ply and 3 ply. They are all full 4 oz. (113 g) skeins. The sport weight has about 430 yards (393 m) per skein with 6 stitches to the inch using (24 stitches per 10 cm) #3 needles (3.25 mm). The 2 ply Fisherman's and Acadian Tweed has about 210 yards (192 m) per skein with 4 1/2 stitches per inch (18 stitches per 10 cm) using #8 needles (5 mm). The 3 ply Fisherman's and Acadian Tweed has about 145 yards (133 m) per skein and 3.5 stitches per inch (14 stitches per 10 cm) using #10 needles (6 mm). Always check the gauge by knitting a sample as suggested by the pattern before beginning your project. Our knitting yarn is spun in the U. S. of wool produced in the U. S.

Between 1760 and 1783 it has been estimated that 11% of the stockings in New England were knit of mixed wool. Regardless, throughout the colonies mixed stockings were common.

Fishermans and Sport Weight Knitting Yarn | Acadian Tweeds Knitting Yarn

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Acadian Tweed Knitting Yarn

Acadian Tweed Knitting Yarn

Mixed stockings may have made up as many as 20% of stockings described in Rhode Island runaway ads from 1760 to 1783. Mixed was made by spinning one ply of gray and one ply of natural into a 2 ply yarn. In The Providence Gazette in 1776 "RUN away . . .  a Negro Fellow . . .  had on when he went away . . .  a thick black and white mixed Jacket and Breeches, Stockings much of the same Colour".

4oz. Skein $9.50 2 Ply Yarn

Add Medium Sheep's Gray Natural Acadian Tweed to Cart

Medium Sheep's Gray/Natural
Knitting yarn, 100% wool for historical reenactors and museum interpreters.
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Acadian Tweed Knitting Yarn

Mixed stockings may have made up as many as 20% of stockings described in Rhode Island runaway ads from 1760 to 1783. Mixed was made by spinning one ply of blue and one ply of red into a 2 ply yarn.In The Virginia Gazette in 1775 "a convict servant" man ran away "who is a native of London . . .  He had on, and took with him . . .  a pair of mixed red coarse sale do. [stockings]".

4oz. Skein $9.50 2 Ply Yarn

Add Garnet Midnight Acadian Tweed to Cart

Garnet/Midnight
Knitting yarn, 100% wool for historical reenactors and museum interpreters.
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Fisherman's and Sport Weight Knitting Yarn

Available in a wide range of colors, including four pure undyed colors: natural, light, medium, and dark sheep's gray. These are put in 4 oz Full Measure (TM) skeins (2 ply and 3 ply) for $9.50 each. Also available in sport weight for $10.50 each.

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Sport Weight Knitting Yarn

Black was a very common color for stockings. Cited in Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls The Pennsylvania Gazette in 1770, "Run away . . .  a servant girl . . .  had on, and took with her . . .  black yarn stockings".

4oz. Skein $9.50 2 Ply Fisherman's Yarn
4oz. Skein $10.50 Sport Weight Yarn

Add Charcoal Fisherman's 2 Ply Yarn to Cart

Add Charcoal Sport Weight Yarn to Cart

Charcoal
Knitting yarn, 100% wool for historical reenactors and museum interpreters.
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Fisherman's Knitting Yarn

new Dark rugged brown yarn!

Brown is less frequently described in the 18th century than blue, white and grey for stockings and more brown stockings are described in the southern states than in the New England area. This yarn provides a dark natural brown color. Brown is sometimes described as this Virginia Gazette ad from 1768 shows, "RUN away . . .  a convicted servant man . . .  a butcher by trade; had on when he run away . . .  brown stocking".

4oz. Skein $9.50 2 Ply Fisherman's Yarn
4oz. Skein $10.50 3 Ply Fisherman's Yarn

Add Bark Fisherman's 2 Ply Yarn to Cart

Add Bark Fisherman's 3 Ply Yarn to Cart

Bark
Knitting yarn, 100% wool for 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th century historical reenactors and museum interpreters.
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Fisherman's Knitting Yarn

Blue in shades ranging from dark to light was among the most common colors for stockings in the 18th century. Midnight blue was the most common color for Scotch bonnets as well. In Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls in 1774, "Run away . . .  a servant girl . . .  had on, and took with her . . .  coarse blue stockings".

4oz. Skein $9.50 2 Ply Fisherman's Yarn
4oz. Skein $10.50 3 Ply Fisherman's Yarn
4oz. Skein $10.50 Sport Weight Yarn

Add Midnight Blue Fisherman's 2 Ply Yarn to Cart

Add Midnight Blue Fisherman's 3 Ply Yarn to Cart

Add Midnight Blue Sport Weight Yarn to Cart

Midnight Blue
Knitting yarn, 100% wool for historical reenactors and museum interpreters.
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Fisherman's Knitting Yarn

Blue was among the most common colors for 18th century stockings ranging in shades from dark to light. In The Virginia Gazette in 1774, "a servant man" ran away. He "is by trade a perukemaker; had on . . .  pale blue stockings."

4oz. Skein $9.50 2 Ply Fisherman's Yarn
4oz. Skein $10.50 3 Ply Fisherman's Yarn

Add Denim Fisherman's 2 Ply Yarn to Cart

Add Denim Fisherman's 3 Ply Yarn to Cart

Denim
Knitting yarn, 100% wool for historical reenactors and museum interpreters.
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Fisherman's Knitting Yarn

Blue stockings were the most common color in the American colonies in the 18th century after white and came in all shades from dark to light blue. In the New York Gazette and Weekly Mercury in 1776, "Deserted . . .  from Capt. George Anderson's Company, in Col. Silas Newcomb's Battalion of Jersey Forces, now stationed at New-York . . .  Had on when he deserted . . .  coarse light blue Stockings . . .  he had just received his Bounty for Inlistment" as cited in Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls.

4oz. Skein $10.50 3 Ply Ficherman's Yarn

Add Cornflower Fisherman's 3 Ply Yarn to Cart

Cornflower
Knitting yarn, 100% wool for 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th century historical reenactors and museum interpreters.
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Fisherman's Knitting Yarn

new Beautiful soft heather yarn!

Surprisingly brown appears less frequently than blue, white and grey for 18th century stockings and more brown stockings are described in the southern colonies than in the New England area. This yarn provides a beautiful soft natural color. Nonetheless brown is present as this Virginia Gazette ad from 1768 shows, "RUN away . . .  a convicted servant man . . .  a butcher by trade; had on when he run away . . .  brown stocking".

4oz. Skein $9.50 2 Ply Fisherman's Yarn
4oz. Skein $10.50 3 Ply Fisherman's Yarn

Add Spice Heather Fisherman's 2 Ply Yarn to Cart

Add Spice Heather Fisherman's 3 Ply Yarn to Cart

Spice Heather
Knitting yarn, 100% wool for 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th century historical reenactors and museum interpreters.
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Fisherman's Knitting Yarn

Surprisingly brown is described less frequently in the 18th century Americas than blue, white, grey and black for stockings. Nonetheless brown is present as this Virginia Gazette ad from 1768 shows, "RUN away . . .  a convicted servant man . . .  a butcher by trade; had on when he run away . . .  brown stocking".

4oz. Skein $9.50 2 Ply Fisherman's Yarn
4oz. Skein $10.50 3 Ply Fisherman's Yarn
4oz. Skein $10.50 Sport Weight Yarn

Add Oatmeal Fisherman's 2 Ply Yarn to Cart

Add Oatmeal Fisherman's 3 Ply Yarn to Cart

Add Oatmeal Sport Weight Yarn to Cart

Oatmeal
Knitting yarn, 100% wool for 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th century historical reenactors and museum interpreters.
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Fisherman's Knitting Yarn

White is probably the most common color for stockings estimated at 24% of those in Rhode Island runaways from 1760 to 1783 but was common in all the colonies. Specifically in the book Cloth and Costume white made up the greatest percentage of stockings in Cumberland County Pennsylvania from 1750 to 1800 probate records. In Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls an ad in The Pennsylvania Gazette from 1775 included "Run away . . .  three Dutch servants; two . . .  man and wife . . .  had on, when he went away . . .  white yarn stockings . . .  his wife . . .  had on . . .  white yarn stockings . . .  The other . . .  is a Butcher by trade . . .  had on, and took with him . . .  one pair of white yarn stockings".

4oz. Skein $9.50 2 Ply Yarn
4oz. Skein $10.50 Sport Weight Yarn

Add Undyed Natural Fisherman's 2 Ply Yarn to Cart

Add Undyed Natural Sport Weight Yarn to Cart

Undyed Natural
Knitting yarn, 100% wool for 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th century historical reenactors and museum interpreters.
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Fisherman's Knitting Yarn

Grey is one of the most common colors for stockings estimated at around 20% of those in 18th century New England but common in all the colonies. Natural shades of grey were also used in knitting Monmouth and Dutch caps from the 15th (probably earlier) to early 19th centurys. In The Virginia Gazette in 1774, "a stout down looking fellow . . .  born in Wales, and speaks on the Welch dialect . . .  he took with him . . .  several pair of coarse grey stockings".

4oz. Skein $9.50 2 Ply Fisherman's Yarn
4oz. Skein $10.50 3 Ply Fisherman's Yarn
4oz. Skein $10.50 2 Ply Sport Weight Yarn

Add Light Undyed Sheep's Gray Fisherman's 2 Ply Yarn to Cart

Add Light Undyed Sheep's Gray Fisherman's 3 Ply Yarn to Cart

Add Light Undyed Sheep's Gray Sport Weight Yarn to Cart

Light Undyed Sheep's Gray
Knitting yarn, 100% wool for 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th century historical reenactors and museum interpreters.
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Fisherman's Knitting Yarn

Grey is one of the most common colors for stockings estimated at around 20% of those in 18th century New England but common in all the colonies. Natural shades of grey were also used in knitting Monmouth and Dutch caps from the 15th (probably earlier) to early 19th centurys. In Rhode Island in 1772 "a Mulatto Man Servant . . .  had on . . .  Sheep's Gray Stockings" cited in Taylor, Runaways, Deserters, and Notorious Villains From Rhode Island Newspapers Volume 1, 2001.

4oz. Skein $9.50 2 Ply Yarn
4oz. Skein $10.50 3 Ply Yarn
4oz. Skein $10.50 Sport Weight Yarn

Add Medium Undyed Sheep's Gray Fisherman's 2 Ply Yarn to Cart

Add Medium Undyed Sheep's Gray Fisherman's 3 Ply Yarn to Cart

Add Medium Undyed Sheep's Gray Sports Weight Yarn to Cart

Medium Undyed Sheep"s Gray
Knitting yarn, 100% wool for 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th century historical reenactors and museum interpreters.
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Fisherman's and Sport Weight Knitting Yarn

Although less common than other colors black still made up around 10% of the stockings found in Rhode Island runaways described from 1760 to 1783. If your shoes are less than ideal black stockings help to distract from that inaccuracy. For example in 1775 from The Pennsylvania Gazette "Run away . . .  an Irish servant maid . . .  had on when she went away . . .  a pair of black stockings" cited in Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls.

4oz. Skein $9.50 2 Ply Fisherman's Yarn
4oz. Skein $10.50 3 Ply Fisherman's Yarn
4oz. Skein $10.50 Sport Weight Yarn

Add Dark Undyed Sheep's Gray Fisherman's 2 Ply Yarn to Cart

Add Dark Undyed Sheep's Gray Fisherman's 3 Ply Yarn to Cart

Add Dark Undyed Sheep's Gray Sport Weight Yarn to Cart

Dark Undyed Sheeps Gray
Knitting yarn, 100% wool for 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th century historical reenactors and museum interpreters.
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Fisherman's Knitting Yarn

Red wool stockings must have been very rare during the second half of the 18th century since none have been found in runaway ads. Knit caps were often knit of red wool however. An ad cited in Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls The Providence Gazette of 1772, described "RAN away . . .  a Mulatto Man . . .  he wears a Felt Hat, or red Cap" from personal communication with Mike Barbieri.

4oz. Skein $9.50 2 Ply Yarn
4oz. Skein $10.50 3 Ply Yarn

Add Cranberry Fisherman's 2 Ply Yarn to Cart

Add Cranberry Fisherman's 3 Ply Yarn to Cart

Cranberry
Knitting yarn, 100% wool for historical reenactors and museum interpreters.

Fishermans and Sport Weight Knitting Yarn | Acadian Tweeds Knitting Yarn

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