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Background……….

Yarn is a string of interlocking fibers used to make textiles, crochet, sewing and knitting.

There are many different fibers that can form a knitting yarn. Cotton is the most popular natural fiber and wool is the most common animal fiber. However, other types of animal fibers are also used, such as angora, cashmere and the latest trend in knitting yarns – the alpaca knitting yarn. The alpaca fibers, which form a knitting yarn, are characterized by a significantly higher strength than wool fibers. In addition, the alpaca fiber offers an impressive selection of natural colors: white, beige, light brown. dark brown to black.

Mixture for quality ………..

However, it has been shown that by mixing alpaca fibers with wool we get a higher quality yarn. When it comes to knitting yarn that is made entirely of sheep’s wool, we speak of two categories of wool that are used in knitting yarn: worsted and wool.

The yarn made from worsted is smooth and strong, while the yarn made from wool is less fuzzy and not as strong

Other kinds ……….

As far as natural fibers are concerned, silk and linen are also used to knit yarn. Knitting yarn can also be made from synthetic materials, mainly acrylic. There are all acrylic yarns or acrylic mixed with wool. Nylon is another synthetic fiber that is used in small amounts in the yarn intended for use in socks, for example.

There are many different types of knitting yarns that you can find depending on the quality and price. You want to. For example, you will find common yarns such as cotton and wool and then luxury yarns such as super merino, pure silk, opossum worsted, hana silk, baby alpaca, zephyr (50% Chinese tussah silk and 50% fine merino wool).

What you need to know before …………

You need to know the properties of your knitting yarn, as these affect the look and feel of the garment. Your first point of contact and where you can find out a lot of information is to look at the label, such as: B. fiber content, weight, type of knitting yarn and its suitability for the project you are thinking of, and of course how many meters of knitting yarn and washing instructions.

In most cases, the pattern you are knitting from will identify and / or suggest the best material for knitting the item. It is also advisable to buy a little more knitting yarn than the pattern requires.

About the thread weight ……………….

The yarn weight is the thickness of the knitting yarn. You will see that there is a wide range to choose from, from very fine weight or baby weight to chunky yarn.

What does that mean?

The thread weights are divided into different categories, actually six categories. There is :

1-first a baby, fingering, socks category that is super good

2- The second category is baby, sports category and is fine yarn weight.

3- the category DK, light, worsted, which is light,

4-the afghan, aran, worsted category,

5- the Chunky, Craft and Rug category and the fifth,

6- Super bulky yarn weight that can be bulky and agile.

In Great Britain, the yarn is labeled in layers. A layer is a single thread. Lace weight or 2-ply / 3-ply is a very fine yarn that is used for lace clothing. Scarves and baby clothes.

Finger knitting yarn or 4-ply is used for baby clothes, but also for adult clothes.

From all over the world

Sports weight or DK 8-ply in Australia is a very popular type of yarn because it is not only available in different colors, but also in different effects such as heather, blush, tweed and more. Aran, worsted or triple, 12-ply in Australia, is generally used for heavily textured garments. chunky or bulky, 14-ply in Australia is a heavy yarn from which large sweaters and jackets are made. This last category is called super bulky in America.

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