Merino Wool Basics
The Merino sheep, primarily found in Australia or New Zealand, produces Merino wool. These sheep have adapted to thrive in various climates, enduring scorching heat and freezing temperatures, resulting in the softest and finest fleece. Utilising advanced spinning technology and innovative fibre treatments, Merino wool surpasses cotton and synthetic materials in all aspects.
Merino wool is much finer and softer than regular wool
Some wools may be rough to the touch. When observed under a microscope, Merino wool is finer than traditional wool. It is not rough and has a soft and luxurious texture. Soft wools such as Merino or alpaca typically have a micron range of 17 to 23, while rough wool (e.g. used for school jumpers) measures 28 microns or more.
Understand the meaning and importance of a micron
The micron (µm) is the measurement of the diameter of a wool fibre. The lower the micron the higher the quality and the softer the wool is next to skin.
Board Merino wool ranges between (22.6–24.5µm)
Medium Merino wool (20.6 – 22.5µm)
Fine Merino wool (18.6–20.5µm)
Superfine Merino wool (16.6 – 18.5µm)
Ultrafine Merino wool (14.6 to 16.5µm)
Merino garment weight measurement system
When using Bluey's Fabric Weight System, you'll find that each garment is conveniently labeled with its weight in the title. The numerical value corresponds to the fabric's weight in grams per meter square, allowing you to choose the level of warmth you desire with precision. Remember, the higher the number, the warmer the garment.
230 - 340 Heavyweight (ultra warm recommended for extreme conditions)
190 - 220 Mid-Weight (warm recommended for moderately cold conditions)
140 - 180 Ultralight (Light recommended for everyday wear, year round and layer)
100 - 120 Featherweight (So light you can barely feel it on your skin)
Bluey is insanely comfortable
Bluey's collection is made with Superfine and Ultrafine Merino wool from Australia. Our Merino garments offers incredible next-to-skin comfort because of our superior on-farm fibre selection processes and a constant obsession with softness. We produce some of the world’s softest next-to-skin fabrics in the elite performance range, verifiable for comfort by the AWTA Comfortmeter.