Handspun linen yarn for weaving and knitting.

Made in Sertã, Portugal.

Unit weight: Lace
Needle size: 2 - 5mm:
Fibers: 100% linen
Texture: single ply


Alfeire is the yarn from which traditional blankets (mantas) are woven in southern Alentejo. It is spun from the wool of Portuguese Merino and Campaniçasheep, the two native breeds from Alentejo. Its unique texture and softness are the result of a long process that to this day is entirely carried out by hand and that includes caning the wool to loosen the fibers and oiling it with olive oil before carding. Spinning is done on a century old great wheel, locally called banco. Alfeire comes in all the natural shades provided by the sheep of Alentejo.

The fleeces used for these yarn come from free range grass-fed sheep.

Unit weight: ±100g
Needle size: 5mm
Fibers: 100% undyed wool
Texture: single ply

designed by Portuguese illustrator, Helen Dardik

designed by Portuguese illustrator, Lord Mantraste

designed by Rosa Pomar

designed by Rosa Pomar

designed by Rosa Pomar

designed by Rosa Pomar

Please contact us on info@feitoemportugal.com about wholesale enquiry 

Click here for more information about the maker, Rosa Pomar

In Portugal, majority of old women do knitting or crochet but the history of how it started was unknown until Rosa Pomar started her research and published this book. The book has full of good illustrations and beautiful images about the good old knitting culture in this country.

Rosa Pomar's book about the history and techniques of knitting in Portugal. In Portuguese.
Chapter1: The history of knitting in Portugal, from the Middle Ages to the present. 
Chapter 2: Traditional tools, techniques and knitted garments from Portugal, Azores and Madeira. 
Chapter 3: Portuguese knitting. 
Chapter 4: Patterns.

Unit weight:
Needle size:
Fibers: 100% wool
Texture: 2 ply

Unit weight: ±100g
Needle size: 4mm
Fibers: 100% wool 
Texture: 2 ply

Unit weight: ±100g
Yardage:85 meters
Needle size: 6-7mm
Texture: 2 ply

Unit weight: ±50g
Yardage:136 meters
Needle size: 4m
Texture: single ply

Unit weight: ±100g
Yardage:250 meters
Needle size: 4 - 5mm
Texture: single ply

Unit weight: ±100g
Yardage:120 meters
Needle size: 7-8mm
Texture: single ply

Unit weight: ±135g
Needle size: 6mm 
Texture: single ply

Information for this yarn is coming soon ...

In the 15th century, Henry the Navigator ordered the release of sheep in the recently discovered islands of the Azores. They were to provide food and clothing for the first settlers a few years later. For five hundred years, weaving and knitting of woolen goods took an important part in the life of the azorean people. Nordeste is hand spun in the village of the same name (S. Miguel) by some of the few women who still know and practise the old ways of transforming fleece into yarn.

1  white / 2  light grey / 3  grey / 4  light brown / 5  dark brown

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.

400 natural brown / 401  natural white / 491  brown / 567  red / 641  green / 676  grey / 728  light blue

901 rose / 902  yellow / 903  orange / 904 dark blue / 905 lilac / 906  violet / 907  green&white

908 / rose&white / 909  blue&white

João yarn is made from the wool of Portuguese Merino sheep, a native breed found in the south of Portugal, mainly in the Alentejo.

The Portuguese Merino Breeders Association (ANCORME) verifies the origin and quality of the fleece used to produce this yarn.

400  natural brown / 401  natural white / 910  rose / 911  light blue


Manufactured in Portugal for Retrosaria from the wool of Bordaleira Serra da Estrela sheep. Beiroa softens and blooms beautifully after washing.

natural white / natural brown / 409  beige / 491  hazelnut / 515  yellow / 536 rose tea / 539  old rose / 548  red

557  rose / 561  cherry / 567  strong red / 570  orange / 573  light green / 584 green / 595 lemon yellow 

600 bottle green / 625  military green / 673  black / 675  grey / 685  dark sea blue / 688 see blue / 695 blue

698  oil blue / 729 electric blue / 732  cobalt blue / 734  lilac


Cobertor is the yarn used for manufacturing the traditional portuguese papa blankets. It’s spun from the fleece of native long wool sheep breeds. Papa blankets are documented since the mid 16th century and they are used to this day by many shepherds of Guarda. These blankets have a distinctive faux fur look, which is obtained through fulling and teaseling. The dense nap raised on both sides creates an exceptionally warm blanket. This same look and feel can be achieved on knitted garments made with Cobertor yarn by gently teaseling them with a flick carder or a dog slicker. 

​801  natural white / 802  yellow /  803  grey /  804  natural brown / 805  porto / 806  purple / 807  blue

808  light green / 809  navy / 810  red / 811  orange / 812  lettuce green / 813  turquoise / 814  violet

Hand spun in Minho (north region of Portugal) mostly from the wool of Bordaleira de Entre Douro and  Minho sheep. For decades or even centuries, this yarn has been spun using the same methods and tools and used to weave mantas (blankets), both for family use and to be sold at the local market of Saint Michael (a fair which dates back to the medieval period and still takes place every year at the end of September). First it is carefully teased as sheep collect all sorts of vegetable matter in their fleeces while grazing. It is then scoured and washed with soap in rain water, which collects in large outdoors sinks. Women wait for a few days of warm weather so that the water reaches the right temperature. After drying the wool is teased again, and then carded with hand carders. Mescla shade is obtained by carding brown and white wool together. Bucos is spun using a distaff and a long wooden handheld spindle. 

brown / natural white / mix / grey / riscada

Rosa Pomar's yarns are all made with 100% natural Portuguese wool. She searched and found them herself. Some of them are hand-spun and have wonderful authentic texture.  

The natural colours are beautiful but also Rosa has created great selection of other colours, they are so warm and kind that makes knitting lovers smile. 

​Here aer the wonderful creations of Rosa Pomar.


Rosa Pomar

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