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Yarn Bases

Here at Beehive we LOVE our vintage style icons. Our yarn bases pay homage to our muses; strong women of the 1960's (and beyond) with their towering hair and larger-than-life personalities. Kick off your shoes, turn your records up loud and enjoy your knitting. And remember always, vintage style not vintage values.


Below you will find more information on our range of yarn bases. Some are offered permanently in the shop and others appear seasonally. We are happy to take custom orders for bases in this list that are not in stock. Please contact us here to discuss your requirements.


(NSW) indicates a non-superwash yarn.

Lace

Pattie - Kidsilk Mohair Lace (NSW)

‘Pattie’ is a delectable lace-weight mohair yarn that is perfect for soft, ethereal projects. Hold it doubled with other yarns to add a fabulous fluffy texture or work it up on its own for lacy, light as a feather knits.


This base is named for Pattie Boyd who was one of the IT girls of swinging London and sported some wonderful hairdos. 


Pattie is a blend of 72% kid mohair and 28% silk. One skein gives you 50g/420m


Kitt - Suri Alpaca Silk (NSW)

‘Kitt’ is a cloud-like lace-weight yarn that is unbelievably soft. It has a slightly more textured appearance than mohair and It is considered less itchy therefore may be a good substitution for anyone with more sensitive skin. 

Named for our favourite Catwoman with the purrfect velvet-soft voice, Eartha Kitt.


Kitt is a blend of 74% Baby Suri Alpaca 26% Mulberry Silk. One skein gives you 50g/300m

4ply & Fingering

Audrey - Classic Sock 

Named after the lady who was the very definition of classic, Beehive Yarn's ‘Audrey’ base is a blend of 75% super wash Merino and 25% Nylon. A deliciously soft and durable 4ply yarn that is a light fingering weight and is perfect for socks, shawls, garments and accessories. 


One skein gives you 100g/425m


Barbra - Silky Singles

Beehive Yarn's ‘Barbra’ base is a blend of 70% super wash Merino and 30% silk. This slinky fibre creates a drapey, truly luxurious fabric making it perfect for show-stopping shawls. 


One skein gives you 100g/400m


Bardot - High Twist Sock 

Beehive Yarn's ‘Bardot’ base is a blend of 80% super wash Merino and 20% Nylon and finished with a twist. Bardot is a lofty, 2ply, fingering weight yarn that has great stitch definition and is perfect for socks, shawls, garments and accessories. 


One skein gives you 100g/365m


Barbarella - Gold Sparkle Sock

Beehive Yarn's ‘Barbarella’ base is a blend of 75% super wash Merino, 20% Nylon and 5% intergalactic gold stellina. This stuff is seriously beautiful, just like its namesake, and the sparkly yet hard-wearing finish makes it perfect for socks, shawls, garments and accessories. 


One skein gives you 100g/400m


Dusty - MCN Sock

Beehive Yarn's 'Dusty' base is a blend of 80% super wash Merino, 10% Nylon and 10% Cashmere. A deliciously plump, squishy yet durable fingering weight yarn, it is our very softest base and is perfect for shawls, socks, garments and accessories. 


One skein gives you 100g/400m


Diana - BFL Sock 

The perfect mix of soft and strong, our Diana base is a blend of 75% superwash Bluefaced Leicester wool and 25% nylon, making it a durable choice for socks, accessories and garments. The BFL has a slightly more ‘toothy’ feel than merino making it perfect for colourwork projects; it also lends a beautiful shine. 


One skein gives you 100g/425m

Jean - Non-superwash Merino 4ply (NSW)

Named after 1960's super model Jean Shrimpton, our 'Jean' base is an untreated fingering weight yarn with a high twist appearance. Perfect for garments and accessories, 'Jean' like all non-superwash yarns, takes colour more lightly and speckles will appear with a blurred or watercolour effect. 


One skein gives you 100g/400m 

Priscilla - Singles

Without a doubt, one of the most show-stopping beehive ‘dos of the lot, Priscilla Presley won my heart toting hair as high as a small skyscraper during her marriage to Elvis in the 1960’s.A single-ply, fingering weight yarn with lovely drape, ‘Priscilla’ is perfect for shawls, scarves and garments. As single ply doesn’t quite live up to the wear of plied yarn, I would not recommend it for socks. 


One skein gives you 100g/366m 

Folklore 4ply - BFL Masham (NSW)

Folklore blends the ideal qualities of British wool. Rustic looking yet beautifully soft, this non-superwash yarn is perfect for cosy sweaters, drapey shawls and woolly hats.


Folklore is 100% British wool, spun in the UK and handdyed in our North Yorkshire studio in small batches.


One skein gives you 100g/400m

Sport

Cilla - BFL Sport

Sport weight yarn sits somewhere between 4ply and DK. Named for the darling of the northern 60's scene, our ‘Cilla’ base is 100% superwash Bluefaced Leicester wool, making it durable and woolly, with a great ‘tooth’ for colourwork. 


One skein gives you 100g/262m


DK

Darling - DK Sock

The DK version of our 'Audrey' 4ply - this yarn is a blend of 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon, which makes it perfect for socks, sweaters and anything needing some classic durability. Named after the character played by Julie Christie in the 1965 film 'Darling'.


One skein gives you 100g/225m

Dolly - Classic DK 

Smart, beautiful and full of bounce, that’s how I think of Dolly Parton and that’s how I like to think of our ‘Dolly’ DK base too! This yarn is 100% superwash merino and soft with a rounded appearance. Dolly is heavy DK/light worsted weight yarn, perfect for all your sweater needs as well as smaller items. 


One skein gives you 115g/230m

Ronnie - Silky DK 

The Ronettes were the bad-girl supergroup of the ‘sixties and as well as having the tunes (and, come on, the best Christmas album ever) they also undoubtedly had the very greatest hair. The combined bouffant power of the three Ronettes was incredible, but it will always be Ronnie Spector who holds a special place in my heart.Beehive Yarn’s ‘Ronnie’ base is a whopping 50% silk making it one truly luxurious DK weight yarn, perfect for slinky garments with an incredible sheen. 


One skein gives you 100g/212m

Folklore DK - BFL Masham (NSW)

Folklore blends the ideal qualities of British wool. Rustic looking yet beautifully soft, this non-superwash yarn is perfect for cosy sweaters, drapey shawls and woolly hats.


Folklore is 100% British wool, spun in the UK and handdyed in our North Yorkshire studio in small batches.


One skein gives you 100g/240m


Aran

Aretha - Classic Aran

Aretha Franklin had the biggest voice and this yarn pays R.E.S.P.E.C.T to the amazing singer with it's gorgeous lofty feel and unbelievable softness. Aretha is 100% superwash merino and has a plied finish. Perfect for hats and winter accessories or the cosiest of sweaters. 


One skein gives you 100g/166m

Super Chunky

Amy - Super Chunky

Amy Winehouse had the big hair and even bigger voice, and will always hold a place in my heart. Our biggest yarn just had to be named for her.  


Amy is a super chunky (or super bulky) yarn, 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon and is a lofty, single ply. Perfect for hats and winter accessories. 


One skein gives you 100g/70m