This sheep breed comes from the border area between England and Scotland. It is primarily raise for wool as well as meat.
I was not able to secure a raw cheviot fleece, so I will be skipping the Raw Wool section of this study.
The staple length of cheviot is around 4-5 inches. It has medium crimp, and the micron count is in the high 20s.
It certainly is not as next-to-skin soft as merino but it is not scratchy either. It is easy to spin, felt-resistant (machine washable), and very durable. As you can see from the picture, Cheviot does not have the luster that longer wool fibers do, but it takes in colour well. You can certainly expect more dyed Cheviot fiber from me in the future.
Knitting with cheviot is as easy as spinning it. The texture of the fiber gives the yarn a little more friction even on slippery needles. I did not use a pattern for this hat.