The Pros and Cons of different knitting and crochet yarns

We all probably have our favourite brand/ply/fibre for making projects and sometimes we get stuck that it is the only one we will use.  I have found that all fibres are useful and possibly just need some thought as to what project they would be best used for.

Manufacturing processes are improving and synthetic yarns have come a long way.  Wool is now often treated so it can be laundered in the washing machine.

Ethical arguments aside – lots look at the different yarns available.

Wool

Pros ~ Warm, natural, comfortable/breathable, lovely to work with, elastic/holds shape well.
Cons ~ requires more care, more expensive, can be itchy, can pill.
Great for ~Garments of all descriptions.

Acrylic

Pros ~ Soft, less expensive, easy to work with and care for in most cases.
Cons ~ Less warm, less breathable, sweaty, can lose shape, can get a “matted” surface.
Great for ~ Kids and baby wear, rugs/blankets, homewares, scarves & accessories like bags.

Cotton

Pros ~ Cooler, natural, drapes well, great for sensitive skin, doesn’t tend to pill.
Cons ~ Less elastic, can require more care, can be a little harder to work with.
Great for ~ Summer-wear, people who cannot tolerate wool, rugs/blankets, accessories.

Bamboo

Pros ~ Soft & Silky, drapes well, nice to work with.
Cons ~ can lose its shape, very slow to dry.
Great for ~ sensitive skin, babies etc.

Silk

Pros ~ Soft and smooth, excellent thermal qualities, natural, great for sensitive skin, drapes well, doesn’t pill.
Cons ~ like cotton, it is less elastic, requires more care, expensive
Great for ~ that special garment, scarves, blending with other fibres for a touch of luxury.

Alpaca

Pros ~ Soft & silky, natural, excellent thermal qualities, drapes well, doesn’t tend to pill, tends to be less itchy than wool.
Cons ~ Harder to care for, expensive, some people are still sensitive to the alpaca fibre, less elastic than wool.
Great for ~ Garments and anything else with a touch of luxury.

TIP: For any yarn that does not have a lot of elasticity make sure you knit to the tension recommended on the ball band to minimise the chance of your project stretching and/or going out of shape.

The old adage of “you get what you pay for” applies to all forms of craft fibres. All fibres have a use depending on what you are knitting/crocheting. More affordable acrylics are great for rugs and afghans, wool is perfect for that cabled aran jumper that will last for a long time.

The better quality acrylics are great for baby, kids & even adult clothes. Wool is still a great options for garments and anything required to hold its shape like hats, beanies, gloves, socks etc.

New to the Shop this month is Lang Super Soxx 4 ply

Lang Sock yarn is made in Italy for Lang & Co  –  is perfect for socks but also beanies, gloves, mittens, and other small items. The composition of the yarn is 75% Virgin (traceable) wool & 25 % Nylon.  The Super Soxx yarn is machine washable (40 degrees) and cool tumble dry.

Shop for Lang Super Soxx 4 ply