Crotal – 50g Hebridean 2 Ply


Alice Starmore Hebridean 2 Ply Yarn is made from premium quality pure new British wool, dyed in the fleece and skillfully blended into unique shades. It is hand-washed and dried in the Hebridean air, and supplied in hand-made skeins which may vary in weight. It is priced per 50g at standard conditions. All yarn is weighed to order on balances that are checked daily to ensure that you receive the correct total amount.

Crotal is part of the Moor & Mountain range, which is inspired by the landscape of the Outer Hebrides.


There are several varieties of this flowerless plant in Scotland, where they are known under the general term of Crottle. I prefer the Gaelic spelling, for that is the pronunciation I have known since childhood – pronounce it with the emphasis on the first syllable. Also for childhood reasons, I refer to one particular kind of Crotal that grows abundantly on rocks in Lewis and Harris. It is quite unprepossessing in appearance but it has the virtue of being easily available, right at the edge of rocky roads: easy to harvest and equally easy to use. It is placed in the pot along with the wool and brought to the boil with no additions required. After an hour or so it yields the most magnificent, deep, rich earth tones. Because of this it was widely used in tweed making, and many was the Hebridean lad who spent his youth wearing heavy sweaters dyed with Crotal. To an extent, familiarity bred contempt in the islands, and the excellence of the colour tended to be eclipsed by its ubiquity. These are different days however, and no yarn range that calls itself Hebridean can be complete without a colour that is based on the old Crotal shade. Our version is very faithful to the original – a warm, glowing brown, delicately shot through with beige and light bronze.