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EL CABALLO TORDO black and white dk weight yarn -- hand dyed dk weight yarn, black and white speckled, variegated, Polwarth wool, knitters

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Made in Maspalomas, Spain

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Fabulous skein of hand dyed, DK weight, black and white variegated / speckled, Polwarth wool. I always have a hard time choosing my favorite color: sometimes it is black, other times it is white, and then it is grey. With this colorway, choosing won’t be necessary. It alternates between dark parts (dark grey to black) with light speckles and light parts (light grey to almost white) with dark speckles. When knitted up, it will create a kind of stripy effect.

This skein of EL CABALLO TORDO is dyed on my GUAPO DK weight base, a light worsted 100% superwash Polwarth wool yarn, which is perfect for knitting soft garments, accessories, or other type of projects that deserve a soft and smooth type of wool. Polwarth is similar to merino, but has a little more sheen to it. One skein will be enough for a hat, a pair of mittens, or another small project.

All of my yarns are dyed up in my kitchen in sunny Gran Canaria – one of the teeny tiny Spanish islands in the Atlantic. Therefore, like all my handmade items, they receive Spanish names, or are named after Canarian places that they are somehow related to. This colorway reminded me of the beautiful coloring of the grey horse, ‘caballo tordo’ in Spanish. This type of horse has black skin, and is often born with a black coat as well, but its coat turns progressively white during the horse’s lifetime.


» colorway: EL CABALLO TORDO (variegated and stripy black and white with speckling throughout)
» base: GUAPO (100% superwash Polwarth)
» weight: DK (100 grams, 225 meters / 246 yards)
» suggested needle size: 3.5-4.5 mm / UK 10-7 / US 4-7
» care instructions: machine wash your knitted project on a cold and gentle cycle. However, to ensure longevity, I always recommend to wash by hand anyway. Squeeze out excess water with a towel and lay flat to dry.
» warning: hand dyed yarns may bleed a little during first wash.


All skeins of yarn are dyed separately. This means that, even though I carefully write down my recipes, all skeins of the same colorway can (and probably will) vary slightly in the intensity or distribution of their colors. Different bases take colors differently as well, meaning that the same colorway can look different on different bases. When working on a larger project that requires more than one skein of yarn, I would advice you to alternate between skeins a few rows before definitively adding a new skein of yarn. This will make any color differences between the skeins fade into one another in your knitting, rather than creating a distinct line.


If you see a colorway you would like on a different base, or if you have seen something in my shop that is not currently listed, let me know! Even though it may not always be possible for me to exactly recreate colorways, I would be more than happy to see what I can do. It is also possible to custom order a larger quantity of skeins. Just click the ‘request custom order’ bottom, let me know your wishes, and we can discuss the options!


All orders are shipped in 1-3 business days. The time it takes for an order to arrive at its new home depends on the country it is shipped to and may vary considerably. Usually, shipments arrive within 1-2 weeks, but longer shipping times do occur occasionally. I cannot be held accountable either for delays caused by customs or for the loss of a package due to postal errors. Please also take into account the possibility that your country charges extra tax over your shipment.


My name is Merel and I am a 27-year-old knitwear designer from The Netherlands, who lives with her boyfriend and two kittycats on the sunny island of Gran Canaria (Spain). Chain Twenty developed naturally out of my love for minimalistic design, a preference for unique and handmade goods, and a ‘quality over quantity’ kind of lifestyle.

With its minimalistic designs, Chain Twenty tries to bridge the gap between traditionally handmade knitwear and modern fashion and interior design. A small colour palette, simple shapes and basic textures form the foundation of Chain Twenty’s timeless staple pieces and knitting supplies.

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