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Types of wool used to make throws and blankets.

Types of wool used to make wool blankets and and wool throws

At Country Mouse we take pride in sourcing high quality natural fibre items. However, not all wools are equal. Each wool has different feel and often a different purpose. Here is a quick guide to the types of wool used to make the throws and blankets we stock.

Merino wool

Merino wool is from the merino sheep. These sheep are incredible they are bred specifically for the production of their wool.

Merino is renowned for its exceptional qualities, which include:

  1. Merino wool has extra fine fibres which are incredibly soft and much finer in comparison to other wools.

  2. As a wool and natural fibre, it is durable, breathable and insulating. Combine this with the exceptional softness and you are well on your way to the best fibre there is.

  3. Pure merino wool, like Cashmere, can be worn next to the skin.

  4. Merino wool is often used in sports clothing as a technical base layer due to its fantastic properties.

Merino wool sheep are capable of producing this incredible fibre which is used for clothing, bedding soft furnishings, socks and wool blankets. Check out our blog - are merino wool throws worth it?

Shetland wool

Shetland wool comes from… Shetland sheep. Originally found on Scotland’s Shetland Islands. Over 200 years ago Sir John Sinclair described Shetland wool as having the “the gloss and softness of silk, strength of cotton, the whiteness of linen, and the warmth of wool.” The fibres are thicker than Merino Wool. The thicker the wool fibres, the more they can itch. Shetland wool is perfect for a jumper or throw. I find Shetland Throws become softer the more they are used. 

Lambs wool


Lambs wool is the super soft wool from a sheep’s first shearing. It is very smooth as it has not been cut before, and often needs little processing, it needs to be shorter than 50mm at first cutting. Lambs wool is perfect for bedding and home furnishings. Like all wool and natural fibres, lambs wool is breathable and durable.


Pure New Wool

Pure new wool is wool which has come from directly from a sheep. It means it hasn’t been recycled, re-purposed or reused in anyway.

Alpaca Wool

Alpacas are from Peru. They live in a harsh environment and their fleeces enable them to do this.

  • Alpaca wool fibres are incredibly soft and silky smooth. One of the key differences between sheep wools and Alpaca wool, is that Alpaca fibres are hypoallergenic as they don’t contain lanolin.
  • Lanolin is the natural grease found in sheep's wool, which can be an irritant to sensitive skin.
  • Alpaca is also warm and lightweight with hollow fibres giving a more downing effect, which ultimately makes the fibre a great insulator.

So as you can see, each wool has its own characteristics and qualities and here at Country Mouse we love them all.

Feel free to browse our great selection of wool throws and wool blankets in our online shop.

Or, leave a comment below. Which type of wool is your favourite?

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