Monday, 28 October 2013

Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester DK Review

I'm half way to completing a crochet hexagon throw using Debbie Bliss's Blue Faced Leicester DK in the colours above. They all have a subtle heather appearance. This is turning out to be a lovely material to work with so I thought I'd share some information about the yarn. I'm using the same size crochet hook as the recommended needle size 4mm (US6).
Here's a close up of the part finished crochet throw - more about this project once it's finished!

  • The Blue Face Leicester DK comes in 108m / 50g doughnut style balls.
  • 100% British wool superwash
  • 22 stitches over 28 rows = 10cm (4ins)

The colour range includes 16 shades, some stronger shades as well as the pastel ones I've chosen.

The ball band includes a silhouette of the Blue Faced Leicester sheep. I found this description and image of the (male) sheep in my  little book called 'Know your Sheep'. It's a native British breed,  has the finest wool and is highly prized by home spinners. I am finding this yarn very soft and easy to handle.

So far so good with the crochet but what about the knitting? Being a bit short of time to make a full size jumper I came across a pattern for these tiny raglan sleeve sweaters by Greens and Jeans on Ravelry. I used 4mm double pointed needles to make these sample sweaters. I like the stitch definition on the tiny cable and on the colour work.

There's a pattern book for the yarn with a range of sweaters for adults and children. I picked out a few that caught my eye. I especially like the Fair Isle style of the sweaters and the simple classic shapes of the blue cardigan and the child's coat.

Image with permission Designer Yarns

Image with permission Designer Yarns 

Image with permission Designer Yarns

Image with permission Designer Yarns

Hope you enjoyed this quick review. 

Have you tried this yarn or made any of the garments in the book?


  1. Thank you, Julia, for such an informative and helpful post.

  2. Those little jumpers are really cute!


  3. The blanket looks gorgeous! Can't wait to see it finished!

  4. I absolutely love those colours and am almost tempted to buy the yarn for myself, but I am such a slow knitter I an afraid it wouldn't even be done for next Autumn. I did knit a few pieces for my grandsons with Debbie Bliss wools when they were tiny and I have to say it is some of the nicest wool I have used, though a tad expensive for quickly growing children I fear!

  5. Many thanks for your comments ladies...


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