Selecting the perfect yarn
Whether you are looking for inspiration to start a knitting project, or you are searching for the best yarn to match your chosen knitting project, choosing the right yarn may be the difference between a good project and an excellent one.
Do you want a cardigan with detailed stitches, a sweater that will keep you warm while being comfortable to wear or start knitting small garments fitting the needs of babies? Are you a beginner and wish to get knitting practice while creating useful items? .
For whichever purpose some types of yarn are more fitting than others, and the selection of the yarn that fits your vision the best is an important part of any knitting project.
I plan to write a full-length article on the subject of choosing the correct yarn for the right project in the very near future, including both the type of fiber and the weight. In the meantime, you can read about yarn weight here.
Additionally, we have gathered some useful information about the different type of fibers along with some good-to-know information about their origin, production, and maintenance.
The five main types of yarn
The following five types of yarn all have their benefits and drawbacks and some are more appropriate for specific projects than others.
Wool Yarn is a great type of yarn to knit with due to its great stretch and has been used to keep us warm for hundreds of years. In this article we will explore the origin, benefits, disadvantages and maintenance of sheep wool.
Wool yarn has a range of options and benefits, not only to keep warm, but actually also to keep cool. We go through this natural fibers great powers and amazing abilities and advise how to treat your wool garment.
Cotton Yarn exceeds the usage of the general yarn as it can be applied to not only garments, but also handy kitchen and furniture items. Cotton is a fantastic natural fiber, and in this article we will not only focus on the pure cotton yarn, but also the various cotton blends, which all open the doors to so many different knitting project opportunities.
If you are looking to learn more about the strength of cotton and cotton blends, this article aims to provide the answers.
The originally South American Alpaca Yarn has many of the benefits from the sheep wool, however as they are two very different animals the alpaca wool is something of its own.
This very soft, fine and elegant wool has increased its popularity the recent years, and in this article we will explore the reasons behind its admiration and what the alpaca wool yarn are excellent for. Learn more here.
Cashmere Yarn is the product of goats from the Kashmer region of the Himalayas.
Do not worry; we will go in depth with the crème d’la crème of wool, from its truly amazing features and great garment use, to the factual drawbacks you have to keep in mind before purchasing this rather expensive yarn. This is the Hollywood Grace Kelly of yarns, learn why in this article.
You either love it or hate it. Acrylic Yarn is man-made, and therefore not a natural fiber like cotton or animal wool. But even if it has not been sheared from the back of a four legged creature, it still has some benefits – not to mention strengths – that are worth to look into when deciding what type of fabric to use for your knitting project.
We will go through the benefits and drawbacks of the acrylic fiber – even if you are not an acrylic fan, you may be brought around to its benefits.
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Article by Katrine