Knitting with Holst Supersoft

washing spinning oil out of coned yarn
Knitting with Holst Supersoft - wool yarn tutorial

This 3-part video series demonstrates how to work with Holst Supersoft, and everything you need to know about the process of washing out the spinning oil and excess dye. Yarns sold for machine knitting are often very budget-friendly as they still contain the spinning oil, and may be sold on a cone rather than wound off into smaller balls. Holst Supersoft is one example of such an affordable 100% wool yarn that’s become very popular. This yarn comes in a great range of colours, and is fantastic for knitting stranded colourwork projects including Fair Isle and intarsia knitting techniques.

Working with Holst Supersoft is similar to many other wool yarns which contain spinning oil.  You’ll ultimately have to wash this oil out of your finished piece of knitting, which causes the gauge of your work to change.

The methods shown are also applicable to other brands of yarn which are sold coned and oiled.


This video is a Q&A discussing what Holst Supersoft yarn is, and what makes it unique. The video covers:

  • What is Holst SuperSoft yarn
  • Why is it good to knit with
  • Is it REALLY super soft?
  • What makes it so cheap
  • 2 methods to wash out the spinning oil
  • Where and how to wash out the spinning oil




This video demonstrates the process of washing out spinning oil by hand, with a comparison of 2 swatches knitted at different gauges. The swatches are Stocking Stitch knitted in the round, using Holst Supersoft in Venetian Red held double. The video shows:

  • 2 swatches using 2 needle sizes, knitting Holst Supersoft held double
  • Fabric characteristics & gauge before washing
  • Washing out the spinning oil and excess dye
  • Drying the swatches
  • Comparing fabric characteristics & gauge after washing
  • Analysing the best uses of the knitted fabrics achieved




This video answers further questions following on from Parts 1 & 2, and demonstrates how a full sweater changes after washing in the machine. This video covers:

  • Further advice about swatching and knitting with yarn held double
  • Information about the properties of stockinette and ribbed fabric
  • How to prepare hand-knits for machine washing
  • How to wash and dry hand-knitted garments
  • The difference between the garment before and after washing




I hope that you’ve found these videos helpful. If you wish to leave a comment, click through to watch the individual videos on YouTube.

This tutorial is unsponsored, and all yarns were purchased by myself.

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