Greener Wool Mergelland

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Mergelland is an aran weight yarn (needle size 4 to 5 mm) spun entirely from the wool of Mergelland sheep. The Mergelland sheep is an old and rare breed, tall and hornless, with a spacious and light fleece. It’s a local yarn from Belgium: we source the fleece for this yarn from Natuurpunt‘s own Mergelland flock in Limburg.

Mergelland is sturdy and durable, perfect for interior design and outer wear. It’s a worsted yarn, which means the fibers have been combed to get them all in the same direction before spinning. That makes for a stronger and smoother yarn, because we think that if you do the effort to knit a garment it should last long!

Some of the colours are out of stock. It will take quite a while to have new yarn spun. It requires sheep to grow fleece, people to shear the sheep, more people to sort out the fleece, transport to get the fleece to the spinning mill, documents to get the fleece through customs, time and a considerable amount of money to have the yarn spun, transport and customs to get the finished yarn back over here. Any help with any of these tasks is most welcome!

In the meanwhile you might find an alternative option in Erika Knight’s Wool Local Aran!

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Patterns for this yarn


Johnny is a quick and fun one-skein project for a lazy afternoon. It’s a skinny tie in 1/1 ribs with selvedge, designed for the rustic Greener Wool Mergelland yarn. Quite a contrast with the smooth surface of a cotton shirt!

It’s a tie, so it’s one size only and it’s supposed to be as long as your ball of yarn goes.


Charles is a generous scarf in 1/1 ribs with selvedge, by Jimmy Boulanger. A finished scarf measures about 25 cm by 2 m (10 by 80 inch).


Claude is a beanie with fold in 1/1 ribs, without seam (circular knitting). The nice and round shape of the beanie is made by centring double decreases to the left and the right around four double ribs. Designed by Jimmy Boulanger.


When designing Herru for Greener Wool Madfabcrafts was inspired by their love of traditional ethnic designs with their simple, repetitive, geometric lines and motifs. The yarn’s natural colour palette brings a minimalist, modern result. This cushion cover works equally well in a Scandinavian, minimalist decor, or in a boho interior, not to mention rustic or modern. The natural fibre and colours of Mergelland wool combine perfectly with its texture to give authenticity to the ethnic inspiration.

Herru is a female name from north Africa.

Top-down hat

Nadine Grymonprez designed a top down hat for Mergelland and described the pattern on her blog. She wrote in Dutch, but the DeepL translation is good enough to start knitting.

Cécile's Selection

Cécile carefully curated a selection of excellent patterns for this yarn. There’s something for everyone: from the most easy to the more challenging projects, from one skein to a full bag of yarn. The links below will redirect you to Ravelry. You don’t need to become a Ravelry member to follow these links and buy the patterns.

Weight 50 g
Dimensions 16 × 8 × 8 cm


Chalk, Silver, Slate, Dark Slate, Rust, Gold, Emerald, Navy, Shingle

Yarn Weight


Suggested Needle Size

4 – 5 mm (US 6 – 8)


100% Wool

Gauge 10 x 10 cm (4" x 4") in Stockinette Stitch

17 sts x 24 rows


about 70 m (77 yds)


Acid reactive mineral based dyes organically certified to GOTS standards, Undyed, natural fibre colours

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