Fiber Content of Yarns
Perhaps the most important issue about yarns is the fiber content of yarns. In this article we will examine the contents of the yarns. There are many yarns under the titles of natural and synthetic. While yarns are sometimes produced from a single ingredient, sometimes they are produced by mixing with other ingredients in order to be at the optimum level in terms of strength, color and softness.
So “What are natural yarns?” “What are synthetic yarns?” “What are the yarn contents?” You will find answers to your questions like this in this blog series.
You will learn which content increases which properties of the yarn. In this way, you will quickly find yarns suitable for the features you need in your project and expand your knowledge.
Fiber Content Types
Knitting yarns are made up of different fibers and materials, each with its own characteristics. You can choose from vegetable, animal or synthetic fibers, which differ in durability, price, texture and ease of use.
Natural yarn fibers such as wool, cotton, alpaca and silk are produced from plants or animals. Synthetic fibers such as acrylic or polyester are produced as a result of chemical processes. When producing yarn, both natural and synthetic fibers are mixed together to create yarns with softness and other properties. You can see the information on the blends on the labels of your yarns.
Most beginners start with a wool blend as it is inexpensive, versatile, and more flexible than synthetic fibers like acrylic. Variegated yarn is also recommended for beginners, as changing colors will help you see individual stitches more clearly. If you are just starting to knit, you can continue reading our “Introduction to Knitting” series with this article.
Natural Yarn Types (Herbal and Animal Yarns)
Natural yarns are produced using raw materials from plants and animals. Animal yarn fibers are widely used in winter clothing because of their high insulating properties. However, some people may itch, vegans may not want to use animal yarn. Plant-based fibers such as cotton and silk are not as warm as animal-based yarns, they are more breathable, absorbent and non-allergenic.
Synthetic Yarns Types
Synthetic yarns are obtained not with naturally occurring substances, but with chemical substances, processes and methods. They are usually much cheaper than animal or plant-based yarns and are fairly easy to maintain.