Thursday, November 26, 2015

Knitting Yarn (part 1 of 2)

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.

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