Choosing the right yarn for knitting

There are three types of yarn: natural fibers, mixed, and completely artificial. Natural yarns include wool, cotton, flax, silk, bamboo.

Wool yarn

Wool yarn is a yarn of natural fibers, sheared from sheep, rams and goats. Wool yarn is elastic, durable, retains heat well, knitted things are beautiful and durable. There are subspecies of wool yarn by type of fiber:

Alpaca. Wool from Lama type "Alpaca". This yarn does not roll down and keeps the heat very well. She has about 20 natural colors. This yarn is expensive.

Camel's wool. The yarn from this wool is very durable. Products from yarn save from cold and even overheating. Camel's wool is almost impossible to dye, but has about 14 natural shades.

Merino wool. It is obtained from fine-woold sheep. The fiber is thin in structure. The yarn also turns out to be thin, light, but at the same time it is strong and warm. Incompatible qualities are combined in this kind of fiber.

Angora. The yarn is obtained from the wool of the Angora rabbit. The yarn is light and soft, but not very durable. Short fibers get out of the threads when wearing a knitted product. But the yarn from the Angora wool is easy to dye.

Cashmere. Cashmere is a down of mountain goats. Since it is not enough of it, cashmere products are very expensive. Therefore, cashmere is mixed with other wool. The yarn is soft and warm. With proper care, it will last a very long time.

Cotton yarn

Cotton yarn is made from cotton fibers. She is of plant origin. The cotton yarn is stronger than wool, it is good for air and hygroscopic. It is well dyed in any shades, pleasant to the touch. Cotton yarn is not elastic, it can sit down and dry for a long time.

Linen yarn

Flax yarn is a product of plant origin. Linen yarn is not wrinkled a little, it is very strong, smooth to the touch, well absorbs moisture, dries quickly. Linen yarn is difficult to dye.

Bamboo yarn

Bamboo yarn is made from bamboo fiber. She is of plant origin. Bamboo yarn is very soft, durable, high-quality, as bamboo products are durable.It absorbs moisture and evaporates it. It is better to use such yarn for summer things.

Silk yarn

Silk is of animal origin. Caterpillar silkworm wraps itself with a thread in a cocoon. These threads are collected, processed and they are made of thread and yarn. Natural silk is very expensive, because the process is time consuming, and the resulting silk is very small. Silk thread is durable, can be dyed and does not roll. It is also pleasant to the touch.

Artificial Yarn

Microfiber- yarn developed in Japan. It is very thin, durable, velvety, breathable.

Spandex- elastic fiber, which is very well stretched. Usually used in knitwear.

Acrylic fiber- This is a synthetic fiber. It is better to mix it with wool, otherwise a clean acrylic item will be tough. Acrylic yarn is durable, well-dyed, bulky. Its disadvantage is that it has a low level of hygroscopicity.

Mixed yarn

Mixed yarn is a yarn obtained by mixing different types of fibers. For example, mixed artificial fiber with natural, or expensive fiber with cheaper.This is done in order to affordability and in the elimination of some of the disadvantages that a fiber may have.

How to choose a yarn

For products for the winter it is better to choose wool or mixed yarn with wool, so that the products are not hooked. Wool keeps heat well, unlike artificial fibers. For summer products, flax, cotton, silk and bamboo are best. You can also take and mixed thin and light yarn. Synthetics can be used in special ceremonial cases.

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