Originally, Isager Jensen Yarn was named ÅLJ after knitwear designer Åse Lund Jensen. In the 1960s, Åse Lund Jensen sold handknitted sweaters, she knitted in a heavy Swedish yarn. The heavy weight of the finished garments made shipping costs outside Denmark much too expensive, and this led to a new cooperation between Åse Lund Jensen and the Danish spinning mill, Henrichsens Uldspinderi in Skive. Together, they developed a lighter 3-ply yarn, ÅLJ and introduced it in a new natural colour range which Isager is still the base for our Jensen Yarn, Spinni and Tvinni.
The white wool origins from New Zealand, and the brown and grey wools used for the s-colours origin from Gotland sheep in Europe. The supplier in New Zealand is a brand partner of the Wool Integrity programme that ensures that the principels under this programme such as an animal welfare, environmental sustainability and tracability are met. Follow this link to read more about Wool Integrity: https://www.woolintegrity.com/
Jensen yarn is chemically dyed but based on the colour range of natural dyes, Åse Lund Jensen chose for her yarn. The colours 0, 0s, 2s and 3s are undyed and unbleached. All other colours are Oekotex 100 colours from Europe, but since the spinning mill in Skive has not been certified, the product can’t carry the Oekotex 100 label.As this is a 3-ply yarn, it is a firm and evenly spun yarn well suited for texture knitting as it allows the texture to stand out well. The yarn is very durable and wears out beautifully in the same way as Tvinni. We recommend this yarn especially for indoor and outdoor garments.
Collaboration with Camilla Vad
When knitwear designer Camilla Vad chose to fully concentrate on designing, she offered Isager to take over sales of her yarns. It has now been included in our Jensen Yarn colour range, recognized by the number 02, 4M and the numbers from 80 – 99. Most of the colours carrying the 80 – 99 numbers are based on white yarns, that first are dyed black and then overdyed in a second colour to make the special shade. Camilla Vad’s many designs in this yarn can be purchased on Camilla Vad’s Ravelry.
Jensen used individually: 3 mm needles = 22 sts/ 28 rows
Jensen + Alpaca 1: 3,5 mm = 19 sts / 24 rows
Jensen + Alpaca 2: 4 mm needles = 17 sts / 24 rows
Jensen + Silk Mohair: 5mm = 16 sts / 20 rows