Daughter of a Shepherd is the project of Rachel Atkinson, who began the yarn line in 2016 using the wool from Hebridean sheep shepherded by her father, John Atkinson. Focused on using British raised, spun, and produced wool, Daughter of a Shepherd supports locally sourced, 100% British wools. In the accompanying book, Daughter of a Shepherd Volume 1: Beginnings, Rachel explores the history of the wool behind her yarn along with 10 patterns-both knit and crochet-and delves into their relationship with the sheep and the land and how it makes Daughter of a Shepherd so unique.
We’ve got Ram Jam, a mixed breed, natural and undyed worsted wool sourced, scoured, and spun in Yorkshire. This yarn is made from wool that would have otherwise gone to waste and is made of both black and white wool to give a beautiful, soft heather.
Daughter of a Shepherd Ram Jam is a 2-ply, woolen spun yarn that has superb stitch definition and warm, woolly texture.
- 100% British Wool
- 1.76 oz / 50 g
- 126 yards / 115 m
- 18 stitches per 4 inches (10 cm) on US size 6-8 (4-5mm) needles
1. Kukka by amirisu magazine
Kukka uses one skein of each color to create this dynamic botanical pattern, which showcases the beautiful natural color contrast.
2. The Weekender by Andrea Mowry
This easy-wearing sweater is one you’ll reach for over and over again. This simple, flattering shape is the ideal showcase for Ram Jam’s beautiful natural colors and is a great first sweater project for some new year selfish knitting!
3. Uyea Hat by Ella Gordon
From the designer:
When I received my skeins of Ram Jam I knew I wanted to make something using all four colours and a shaded pattern. This ‘diamond’ shading is common in Shetland knitting and I took the motif from my Uyea Legwarmers pattern. If you reverse your colours you should be able to get two hats out of four 50g skeins.