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Zagal is a knitting and crochet yarn produced exclusively from the wool of Portuguese Merino sheep, an indigenous breed found in the south of Portugal, especially in the Alentejo. The Merino breed originated in the Iberian Peninsula, possibly before Roman times, and has always been highly prized by its finesse and softness.

For centuries this Iberian wool was traded all over Europe while Merino sheep were subject to strict laws that kept the breed exclusive to the peninsula. The Portuguese Merino Breeders Association (ANCORME) verifies the origin and quality of the fleece used to produce this yarn.

Retrosaria Rosa Pomar makes minimally processed, heritage wool yarns from Portugal. Their yarns are created in collaboration with small manufacturers, breeders associations, and shepherds. All Rosa Pomar yarns are non-superwash, not bleached, have no silicone-based softeners, and mulesing is not practiced in Portugal.

100% Portuguese Merino Wool
191 yards / 175 meters [±100 grams]
2ply Bulky [5/Bulky]
Knitting Gauge 12-15 sts = 4"
Needle Size US10-10.5 [6.00mm-7.00mm]
Crochet Gauge 8-11 sts = 4"
Hook Size K10.5-M13 [6.50mm-9.00mm]
WPI 6-10
EPI/Sett 3-5

Hand wash gently in lukewarm water and dry flat.