Born in the hills of Yorkshire in 1978 and home to the most beautiful yarns and outstanding designs to inspire knitters and crocheters around the globe. Rowan started life above a grocery store in a village near Huddersfield, in West Yorkshire, England. While initially specializing in weaving supplies and knitting kits, founders Stephen Sheard and Simon Cockin wanted to produce yarn which was both high quality and perfect for the hand-knitting design trends of the time. Their business focus was to showcase natural fibres in a paint-box colour palette, and so Lightweight DK was born with 98 shades. They placed the utmost value on providing yarn shades which could be translated into timeless design, and these values are still at the core of Rowan today.