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Knit Picks Wool of the Andes: A Detailed Yarn Review | KT and the Squid

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. The wonderful people at Knit Picks provided the yarn for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. These opinions are 100% mine and are not biased in any way.



Yarn Name

Wool of  the Andes


Knit Picks


Sport: 137 yd/50g, Worsted: 110 yd/50g

Fiber Content

100% Peruvian Highland Wool


Sport/2, Worsted/Medium/4


Hand wash.



Where to purchase online

Knit Picks

Wool of the Andes Worsted Yarn – $1.88

from: Knit Picks

Checkout the video below!

From the Yarn Company

“Our classic worsted wool yarn is spun and plied carefully to achieve a wonderfully balanced twist. A sturdy yet soft yarn with excellent stitch definition and heirloom durability. Peruvian sheep are a cross between Corriedale (for the sturdiness) and Merino (for the softness), producing a strong fiber with an excellent softness quotient for a wide variety of uses. Felts beautifully. ” See more on their website HERE.

Initial Thoughts

This was my first time using Knit Picks yarns (crazy, right!?). When my yarn arrived I loved the colors. I chose some nice heathers.

On first inspection it looked like a nice wool yarn. I know highland wool is strong so it’s will make a great staple yarn to have around. I love that the yarn comes in small skeins. Makes it really affordable for projects with lots of stripes or colorwork.

Wool of the Andes is a 4 ply yarn. It has a medium twist and I can see a lot of air is trapped in it making it nice and round. This also means it will make a really warm fabric. It’s also really soft and not to scratchy for an affordable wool. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter. That way you never miss a sale! 

How it Works up

I found no knots or weird bits in the skein I worked up. The yarn was easy to work with and I had no issues with splitting. The ball band has a range of hook and needle sizes on it so you will have to play around to find one you like. I think I could have gone down a needle size (I used a 9).

At first the fabrics were a bit stiff (as I expected) but once I wet blocked the stitches relaxed and I was really happy with the finished feel of the swatches. I got great texture with my stitches. I also felt like the yarn over and open crochet stitches opened up nicely. I could see it as a great textured sweater or lacy shawl. It could really go either way.

The finished fabric also has a great spring back. It would make it great for something like socks or a sweater that wont weigh you down but still keep you warm.


You can see what I thought about the durability in the video below. The yarn did fuzz and pill up but I really didn;t feel it was that bad. It took a lot of force to get it this way. I would say this is what the fabric would look like after months and months of continuous wear. Hand washing and a sweater shaver can keep you fabric looking great!

Watch this video to hear what I thought and see the yarn a little better.

Pattern Ideas

I’m picturing sweaters with lots of texture. It would also be great for socks, gloves, hats, scarves…anything to keep you warm. It also felts so a nice bag would be fun as well.

You can pop over to Knit Picks website to view all the great pattern they have written just for Wool of the Andes.


I think I might be hooked on Knit Picks from now on! Wool of the Andes is an affordable wool yarn that you’ll grab again and again. They offer a wide selection of colors that are beautiful in person. You can also see more wool of the Andes by checking it out on Ravelry HERE

I hope you enjoyed this yarn review! You can browse more reviews HERE. Do you know of a yarn you’d like to see reviewed? Feel free to contact me HERE let me know what yarn you’d like to see and I’ll try to get my hands on some 🙂


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