knitting yarns

Knitting Yarn, Which To Use?

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Let’s start by presenting the importance of choosing the right wool, the types of wool most used and the styles of clothing used.

The Importance of Choosing Wool

The choice of the knitting yarns to be used in a piece directly influences the result of the knit work. And the truth is, even for people started in the art of knitting, the choice of yarn can be a tricky task. Thinking this way, we should start by choosing the perfect yarn.

The choice of wool will depend on the type of clothing you want to make. For example, if you are thinking of making a scarf or a glove, you should opt for long cord wool such as lashes. The wool with thick yarn is perfect for making sweaters and coats, as well as chenille yarn, are ideal for making a warm and cozy blanket.

Cotton yarns are widely used to make children’s clothing. Regarding which needles to use, either one serves. However, there are several models, such as aluminum, steel and even wood, choosing the most comfortable needle for your type of crafts and the right wool, we can start knitting with some tips for beginners.

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A stiffer piece requires a thicker yarn, which may be synthetic, composite or natural fibers, with combinations that ensure the required firmness at the point. Pieces for children, given any allergy, are usually knitted in cotton or synthetic yarns. For a wider range of colors, you can opt for synthetic yarns. The softer the piece, the thinner the yarn and the larger the quantity, as it will take many stitches to obtain the necessary result. Give preference to the molds that indicate the material to be used, both with regard to the type of yarn and the quantity to be used.

Knitting Yarn

In addition to the needles, the knitting yarns can also be of various materials (fibers of animal, vegetal or synthetic origin and combinations of fibers) and present different thicknesses.

Knitting yarns can be purchased both in the form of skeins and in the form of skeins and are usually accompanied by a label. This label contains the washing instructions, the size of the needles to be used, the weight, the length, the composition and the code associated with the color (which depends on the brand).

The brand and color code is important to save in case it is necessary to buy the same line to finish a job.

It is important that you research and familiarize yourself with the various types of knitting yarns that exist. In popular language, all yarns are treated like wool, but in fact they are all made of wool. The most common yarn types in the art of knitting include:

Wool Yarn Common:

The threads come from the sheep and the sheep and the wool of choice for the knitting, due to its softness, is that from the merino breed. Combed wool yarns are more expensive because the size of the fibers is selected prior to twisting. The yarns of simply carded wool (name for the “twisted” that make up the yarn) are cheaper because of the lack of fiber size selection. For wool to be considered pure, it must contain at least 95% wool from sheep or sheep. It is very common to mix materials to change the characteristics of the yarn or cheapen the cost of the material. “Composite wool” (most common and cheap) usually has a minimum of 70% sheep or sheep wool. The so-called “mixed wool” is a compound of pure wool with other fibers, natural or synthetic, with a minimum concentration of wool of sheep or sheep being 50%. Common wool yarns are used for most knit work, depending on the expected stiffness or softness.

Noble Wool Yarn

This type of knitting yarn comes from animals other than sheep and sheep. They are usually named according to the animal from which they are extracted, and may arise in mixtures with synthetic yarns, of common wool, silk, depending on the texture that is intended. Usually more expensive than ordinary wool yarn, the most popular knitting yarns used for knitting are:

Alpaca: Animals similar to mud, have a wool with great characteristics for parts that will be used to combat the cold, since they are good thermal insulation. It is extremely difficult to find a pure alpaca wool yarn and, because of its high value, is often combined with other fibers, such as merino and polyamide.

Mohair: A specific variety of sheep, the most valuable of which are those of young males (kid mohair), due to their softness. They are not recommended for scarves, because they can bother once in direct contact with the skin (which motivates the mixture with more delicate fibers), but they give great coats. Generally, mohair wires are found in polyamide, merino, viscose and polyamide compositions.

Angora: Coming from rabbits of the Angora breed, these yarns are light and soft, but not very strong, and are therefore combined with more robust yarns such as merino and cotton. These yarns are perfect for knitting scarves and pieces that come in contact with the skin, since its touch is ultra soft.

Cashmere: Coming from the belly hairs of the goats of the same wool breed, they are expensive yarns due to the low utilization of the extracted fiber (only 20% can be woven). A noble and high-priced yarn, cashmere is usually used in luxury knitting.

Synthetic Yarns

Most common and cheap synthetic yarns can vary in the compositions (polyamide, polyester, cotton and acrylic), but basically they are polymers with greater or lesser degree of elasticity. Its main advantages are the wide range of colors, the available wire formats and the affordable price. Although of inferior quality, when compared to other type of knitting yarn, they are suitable for beginners. They are used in various types of work, since their texture and color can be easily controlled in the manufacture.

Silk Threads

Delicate and expensive material, these threads are produced by silkworm and, in knitting, are generally combined with other fibers. Considered the queen of threads, silk produces light, soft and luxurious fabrics.

Cotton Yarn

Coming from cotton, the natural fibers are more sustainable (do not involve animals) and versatile (by the different thicknesses and possible dyes). They have an affordable price but are not suitable for beginners because knitting failures are very easy. Cotton yarns cause less allergies and are suitable for light work, warm weather or for children’s clothing. They may or may not be combined with other synthetic or natural materials, depending on the intended end result.

Considering the technological evolution and the constant innovations present in the art of knitting (which always includes creativity), it can not be said that the above list is an exhaustive list. There are many types of fibers and yarns that can be knitted, it all depends on the work to be done, the market possibilities and, of course, the artist’s imagination! So, search, innovate, try different things, unusual materials and follow your inspiration for an exclusive knit work. Do not miss the knitting yarn left by a specific job – the truth is they may be useful in the future. It is not because a certain segment did not work well on a handkerchief, for example, that does not fit on a rug. There it is, it’s a matter of testing and knowing the knitting yarns.

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