The season of cold breeze, chilly nights, and warm cappuccinos is here. Along with other benefits, it is time to be stylish. There are a plethora of sweaters in the markets, but no sweater can replace the warmth of handknitted sweaters. Knitted with love and care, they provide maximum comfort.
Hand knitting of wool has been practised for approximately 2,000 years. Although, it was not until the 15th century that the first knitted shirts or tunics were produced on the English Channel islands of Guernsey and Jersey.
The hand-knitted sweaters are back in trend once again. Not only our mothers are knitting them, but big brands like H&M and Zara also have a variety of knitted sweaters hanging in their stores and are being loved by everyone.
Know more about yarns that are knitted to sweaters:
Wool is the most common yarn fibre on the market. It is hot and durable, but it can be slightly itchy and unsuitable for use if the wearer has wool allergies. After blocking, it retains its shape well.
There are four distinct types. Wool Type Fine, Wool Type Medium, Wool Type Long and Wool Type Double – coated are the four types of wool. Fine wool yarns, such as merino, are incredibly soft.
Ideal for Winters. It’s great for making scarves, sweaters, gloves, hats, socks and other clothes.
Cashmere is one of the softest types of wool and yarn available. It is from Cashmere goats as well as several other types of goats. Cashmere is derived from the old spelling of the South Asian state of Kashmir.
This luxury yarn is among the softest and woolliest on this list. It will make a great gift for knitters if the receiver is someone close!
However, it’s not as strong as sheep fibre, and it’s also expensive.
Alpaca is a hot fibre that is ideal for knitting sweaters. Alpaca wool is natural wool derived from the South American alpaca. Alpaca yarn comes in two varieties: Huacaya and Suri. It is very soft, almost silky, but it does not retain its shape or wool. It’s usually a little more expensive and luxurious than normal wool.
Organic yarn is made from chemical-free wool. No synthetic ingredients are used in the production of this yarn, which is derived from sheep. No drenches, back lining, or antibiotics are used on the livestock.
Only hot water and detergent are used in the cleaning of organic wool yarns.
Cotton is extracted from the cotton plant. It is grown in warm climates, with India, the United States, and China being the largest producers.
It's lightweight, breathable, and durable. Cotton yarn comes in a variety of weights, from fine to heavy. It does not hold its shape well when blocked, and your stitches will not be as uniform.
Mulberry silkworms are used to extract silk from silkworms. Again, this is an expensive fabric because the amount removed from a single worm is marginal, and it is also a time-consuming process. Because of its lustre and majestic flow, this fabric is regarded as regal. It is a slippery fabric, making it difficult to knit around. It is also solid, being the most potent natural fibre.
Novelty Yarn comes in a variety of colours and textures and adds interest to a knitted garment. Made of synthetic fibres, these yarn blends, novelty yarns provide texture and creativity.
Merino Wool Yarn is a popular choice for extreme knitting. Knitting large, bulky items. It is also derived from sheep, but only from a specific breed known as Merino Sheep.