Types of Knitting Yarn

On December 1, 2011, in Knitting Yarn, by admin

The knitting yarn plays a pivotal role in the process of knitting. The quality of a finished knit product depends entirely on the quality of yarn used. Hundreds of colorful types of yarns surround you. But it is extremely essential to select a yarn material that suits your chosen project.

Knitting yarns come in a variety of weights. The weight of a yarn refers to its thickness. One can choose from a wide variety of yarn weights which range from super bulky to super fine. It is important for a knitter to choose yarn with the right weight as it is the yarn weight that determines the total number of stitches he/she can produce with the yarn.

One can choose from the multitude of varieties of knitting yarns. These are composed of several types of materials like cotton, bamboo, mercerized cotton, wool, organic cotton, silk, ribbon, mothproof etc. Different materials of yarns are used for different projects.

Knitting yarn made out of wool is probably the most popular variety of yarn. It is used widely in knitting projects. The crimps in the wool’s fiber make its bulky. This is probably the reason why wool keeps us snug in winters. Thin wools have more crimp than coarser wools. Objects knitted using wool yarn generally are durable, warm and long-lasting.

A relatively new entry in the world of knitting, the bamboo yarn is fast becoming popular. The bamboo grass is harvested, distilled into cellulose and spun into yarn. The bamboo yarn is an anti-bacterial and thus is preferred by a large number of people. A fabric knitted using a bamboo has a great drape, good luster and is quite cool and breathable.

Cotton yarn is light-weight and cool. Although many people dislike knitting a cotton yarn, it carries many an advantage. A fabric made out of cotton yarn holds together well and doesn’t pill. Besides, it is durable, strong and machine washable. Cotton yarn can be dyed in a variety of colors thereby making your projects more colorful.

Mercerized cotton yarn, a high-end variety of knitting yarn is more lustrous than conventional cotton. This shiny yarn adds a touch of elegance and beauty to all finished products. Organic cotton yarn, a variety of knitting yarn produced using organic cotton has made a sparkling foray in the world of knitting. It is gaining popularity as more and more people are turning to organic/natural products.

Recycled silk yarn as the name implies is made from recycled silk, more precisely the waste silk from industrial mills in India. Small projects like bags, hats, scarves, wraps etc. can be accomplished by using recycled silk yarn. The colorful ribbon yarn made from materials like cotton, nylon, rayon etc. is taking the world of knitting by a storm. It is used widely in several decorative projects.

Mothproof wool is a simple knitting yarn treated with chemicals to repel moths. The soft texture of the natural alpaca yarn is irresistible. This high quality fiber is soft, buttery and a lot of fun to work with.

The world of knitting yarns is huge and enchanting. The bright and colorful knitting yarns add a lot of excitement to the process of knitting.

 

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