Aran Weight Yarn

At Horncastle Hobby House, we have had over ten years’ worth of experience supplying yarns for crochet, knitting, and needle felting. We pride ourselves on stocking a wide variety of traditional crafts products, including those for children.

Double knitting yarn is available from Woolcraft , Peter Pan, and King Cole , which is ideal for any double knitting pattern. Baby yarn is soft, gentle, washable, and therefore perfect for creations made for the little ones. It comes in neutral colours, as well as bright, fun ones. Katia Yarn Cakes are also very soft and light, with unique gradations of colour.

For a thicker yarn, you might opt for Aran weight yarn, or our range of chunky yarns. On the other end of the scale, we have sock yarn, which is 4 ply, as you would expect for making everyday socks with a wool/nylon content. We stock a large range of knitting and crochet patterns for all ages along with soft toy patterns and knitting needles, bags in fact anything you need to get started.

We also have cotton yarns especially for crochet, as well as supplies for needlecraft, for everyday sewing and embroidery. 

Based in Lincolnshire, we are pleased to keep the tradition of these crafts alive in the modern age. We know the joy that can come from creating your own unique items for yourself, as well as friends and family.

To discover more about our yarn products, please get in touch with us by completing our web contact form, or by emailing us at You can also reach us directly by calling us on 01507 522659, or paying us a visit in person in Horncastle. A member of our team will be glad to help with any questions or advice.

Aran Weight Yarn
Aran Weight Yarn

One of the things that the staff at Horncastle Hobby House get asked about fairly often is Aran weight yarn. So, what exactly is Aran weight yarn? And from where did Aran weight yarn get its name?
Aran weight yarn is a medium weight yarn. The weight of a yarn refers to the thickness that it has, and yarn is organised into a number of different weight categories. According to the Craft Yarn Council there are seven different categories of yarn weights which are lace, super fine, fine, light, medium, bulky, super bulky and jumbo yarn. Specific weights of yarn should produce a predictable number of stitches when using a particular sized needle. Understanding yarn weights can allow more creativity in the choices of yarn that can be used for different projects.
As it has a slightly heavier weight than other yarn, Aran weight yarn can be suitable for using on a variety of projects such as creating cosy and comfortable jumpers and pillows. However, Aran weight yarn is also perfect for when you want your item to look delicate, but you need a slightly heavier yarn for example when using Aran weight yarn for a bag.
Aran weight yarn is often confused with Aran jumpers however, in reality Aran weight yarn and Aran jumpers have nothing to do with one another. Aran jumpers take their name from the Aran Islands, which are a set of islands located just off the west coast of Ireland and have nothing to do with the weight of the yarn used to create them. That is not to say that Aran weight yarn could not be used to create an Aran jumper, however the names are a complete coincidence. Aran jumpers, whether they are made with Aran weight yarn or not, are characteristically knitted with a cable pattern on the body and the sleeves. Interestingly the Aran jumper most likely did not originate on the Aran Islands but rather can be traced back to Guernsey, which is another island located 400 miles south-east of the Aran Islands.
If you are looking for good quality Aran weight yarn, visit Horncastle Hobby House, conveniently located on North Street in Horncastle. As well as Aran weight yarn, Horncastle Hobby House also stock a number of other types and weights of yarn including double knit yarn, baby yarn, and chunky yarn. If you are just starting out with knitting, you might also be interested in the Katia knitting kits which are also sold at Horncastle Hobby House. They are suitable for both beginners who are learning to knit and also for more experienced knitters as they are available in a variety of difficulties.
For all other enquiries and any questions regarding Aran weight yarn, contact Horncastle Hobby House today. They have over 10 years’ experience supplying all types of yarn including Aran weight yarn for crochet, knitting and needlecraft. The staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about Aran weight yarn as well as knitting in general.