You will not find a recommended needle size on the labels of TOFT yarn. Rather than an oversight, this is a deliberate decision as there is no hard and fast rule about the size of knitting needle or crochet hook you should use with any particular yarn. The desired look, feel and drape of the design will dictate the size of needle that is used, and thus TOFT patterns are all written on different tensions using the same yarns.

When making a TOFT project from a TOFT pattern we would recommend that you check your tension before casting on your project and that you adjust your needle size if required.


Needle Size Tension
3 28 sts x 38 rows = 10cm
3.5 26 sts x 36 rows = 10cm
3.75 24 sts x 32 rows = 10cm
4 22 sts x 30 rows = 10cm
4.5 21 sts x 28 rows = 10cm
5 18 sts x 26 rows = 10cm
6 16 sts x 22 rows = 10cm

FINE YARNS (sport, 4ply)

100% Pure British Baby Alpaca: 230m/50g

80% British Alpaca, 20% Nylon: 230m/50g

60% British Baby Suri Alpaca,40% British Huacaya Alpaca (Extra Fine): 300m/50g

80% British Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk: 225m/50g


Needle Size Tension
3.25 24 sts x 32 rows = 10cm
3.75 22 sts x 30 rows = 10cm
4 22 sts x 29 rows = 10cm
4.5 20 sts x 28 rows = 10cm
5 20 sts x 26 rows = 10cm

DK (Light worsted, 8ply)

100% Pure British Superfine Wool: 225m/100g

100% Pure British Baby Alpaca: 230m/100g



Needle Size Tension
4.5 18 sts x 24 rows = 10cm
5 16 sts x 22 rows = 10cm
5.5 16 sts x 21 rows = 10cm
6 15 sts x 20 rows = 10cm
6.5 14 sts x 18 rows = 10cm
10 11 sts x 15 rows = 10cm

ARAN (Worsted, 10ply)

100% Pure British Superfine Wool: 110m/100g

100% Pure British Alpaca: 115m/100g




Needle Size Tension
8 12 sts x 16 rows = 10cm
10 10 sts x 14 rows = 10cm
12 12 sts x 13 rows = 10cm

CHUNKY (Bulky, 12ply)

100% Pure British Superfine Wool: 60m/120g

100% Pure British Alpaca: 115m/200g



TOFT yarns are characterised by a broad natural colour spectrum of 12 shade, and an additional six colours to choose from.



CREAM: a rich natural white from unbleached wool

OATMEAL: a peachy soft yarn 

STONE: a gorgeous complex natural mix of light fawn and grey tones 

CAMEL: a warm cookie dough colour

FUDGE: a rich ginger colour

CHESTNUT: a stunning polished red brown 

MUSHROOM: an intriguing and flattering shade of brown mixed from white, black and brown

SILVER: a soft and sophisticated light grey

STEEL: a bold defined mid grey with almost blue undertones

CHARCOAL: a deep grey softer alternative to true black 

BLACK: an overdyed solid black

COCOA: a complex mix of black and brown that offers a deep warmth


YELLOW: the perfect strength of warm mustard

ORANGE: a rich surprisingly bright colour to see in nature

GREEN: an almost iridescent deep forest green

LIME: a soft but sour light green

PINK: a perfect self-consciously blushing pink

BLUE: an electrifying shade of bright blue



Obviously your only limitation is your creative ability. If you have plenty of time and skill lace garments, babywear and shawls are amazing and really suit the nature of the yarn. We have seen some amazing knitwear produced by knitters who have used it in ways that we don't. We've seen stunning very intricate traditional aran weight sweaters - amazing pieces of work in a yarn worthy of the hours of time put into the piece.

TOFT specialises in designing knitting patterns and knitting kits for beginner knitters. We produce lots of easy chunky knitting patterns where you can teach yourself to knit using our knitting HELP VIDEOS. Learning to knit is very fashionable again and no longer the pastime of the retired. Our chunky knitting patterns mean you can achieve catwalk looks and you only have to spend a couple of evenings on the sofa!

We have tried to cover the basics of knitting and knitting help videos to accompany any of the more unusual stitches used in our patterns. TOFT runs an extensive range of KNITTING WORKSHOPS in the Midlands, UK.


Crocheting with TOFT wool yarn has great results whether are using lace or chunky. Create delicate items with intricate stitches using lace or fine yarn such Solomans Knot, but likewise using chunky yarn with a huge hook will create sculptural pieces with just a double crochet stitch. Newbies learning to crochet might like to use a medium hook and DK yarn for starter projects. Introduction to crochet workshops run throughout the year at TOFT and once you’ve mastered the basics why not come back for a master class where you can tackle more difficult stitches and interesting techniques.


Please, ALWAYS check your tension before you begin a project because you are using a new natural material and it will not always respond in as uniformed a way as mass produced and computer-spun acrylic. Toft patterns now all state the tension that project is worked to at the top. To ensure professional results with your knitting please check this before casting on. You will find that each ball of TOFT yarn has a ‘recommended needle size’. This is not a hard and fast rule as different projects demand a different handle and feel to the knitted fabric. Please follow the needle size written on the pattern- not the ball of yarn. This acts as a guideline to anyone composing their own patterns in TOFT yarn.


When knitting with a natural fibre it is important to handwash your knitting after you have finished knitting or crocheting. We would recommend using a delicate/natural detergent, something as easy to get hold of as Woolite or Ecover Delicate (which can be bought at all supermarkets) will work just fine. Fill your sink with tepid water and allow your item to soak for 10-15 mins. After you have rinsed you can gently spin the item in the washing machine to remove excess water. Dry your knitted items flat to avoid any misshaping. We would also recommend allowing your items to dry slowly – don't attempt to speed dry on top of a radiator, AGA or boiler.