Retrosaria – Mondim

(1 customer review)


Mondim is a very unique sock yarn as it does not contain any nylon nor has it been superwash treated. Made of sturdy Portuguese fine wool Mondim is hardwearing and has a beautifully round and rustic handle. The rich palette include speckled, self striping and plain colourways that are easy to mix and match to create striking stranded pieces. It was named after a Portuguese village once famous for its thriving sock knitting industry.

Like all Retrosaria yarns Mondim has not been bleached, with wool sourced from free range sheep that are museling free. To ensure socks made from Mondim are as durable as those made with synthetic fibres, Rosa Pomar advises reinforcing the heel and toe by holding Mondim together with a darning yarn.

Weight: 4ply (fingering) 

Fibre: 100% fine Portuguese wool – non-superwash

Ball: 100g = 385m (421 yds)

Needle size: 2.00 mm – 4.00 mm (US 1 – 6)

Gauge: 24-32 stitches x 30-48 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 in x 4 in)

Spin: worsted spun

Fibre Origin: Portugal

Processed: milled & dyed in Portugal

Care: hand wash



Please note colours can vary slightly between dye lots. Be sure to order enough yarn to complete your project to reduce the chance of differences between your balls. At YAK we try to ensure that our photos represent colours as accurately as possible, but please be aware that these can vary depending on your computer monitor settings.

1 review for Retrosaria – Mondim

  1. Imke Himstedt

    This is lovely yarn, but it is NOT sock yarn. It’s definitely not suitable for toes or heels. I have made 4 pairs of socks out of this wool. I bought a number of skeins all at once and got going with two pairs first of all, for which I used Mondim all over. After wearing one pair once a week for 3 months, the first toe had worn through completely. I dilligently mended the hole, only to wear the second toe through one or two wears later. I mended that too, but then one of the heels got completely obliterated. I think I’m passing with the mending for theses pairs now, as they are just not strong enough to make the effort worth it.

    The second pair lasted about as long until the first toe wore through.

    My two other pairs have toes and heels in Jawoll sock yarn, and they keep on going strong. Fingers crossed. And should the bottoms wear through these pairs, it’s worth mending them, because they’d then be reinforced and strong where they need to be.

    My recommendation is to not bother with Mondim for socks. It’s gorgeous yarn and I’ve used it in a shawl so far and I would definitely use it for a jumper or cardigan. Hats would be great as the yarn has great memory, which makes for well fitting hat brims that won’t lose shape. It’s just promoted inappropriately as sock yarn. It really isn’t that.

    I’ve used pure wool for socks before. There are more rustic yarns out there that work well for socks. The yarn has to be coarser and be prone to felting. That provides more durability in the hard working areas of the sock to make it work. (I used a wool blend rich in Hebridean wool). I’ve also used the onion sock yarn that YAK sell as well, which is nylon free. They are holding up very well so far. The onion yarn is superwash treated though, which may not be the right thing if you’re looking for natural alternatives to normal sock yarns. My latest trial is to reenforce heels with silk mohair which is dubbed as nature’s nylon, but I can’t report back on the success rate of it yet.

    • Eugenie

      Hello Imke, thank you for your feedback and for bringing this issue to our attention. It is true that Mondim being a 100% wool yarn, it will never be as durable for socks as yarns that contain synthetic fibres. We’ve done some research and Rosa Pomar does advise reinforcing the heel and toe by holding Mondim together with darning yarn.

      Regardless of the fibre content, we would also always recommend knitting socks on a tight tension to minimize abrasion and wear. For someone who naturally knit loose this may mean to never go above 2.00/2.25mm needles or doubling up the thread around the heel and toes to create more bulks. This is even more important when using all natural sock yarn.

      I am curious to see how your silk + mohair reinforcement works out. I have heard of people using silk in place of nylon before but never tried it myself. Please do let us know!

      So far we’d only received positive reviews of Mondim so thank you again for bringing that issue to our attention. A few members of the YAK team have recently completed pair of Mondim socks so we’ll be reporting on their durability in due time.

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