How to find the right knitting wool for your project?

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It is not an easy task to find the correct knitting wool for our works. Even though wool is extremely pliable as a material but it has certain disadvantages if you use an incorrect type of wool for your work purposes. This article will help you to understand how you can find good knitting wool for yourself.

Where does the wool come from?

These days, wool generally comes from other animals besides sheep. Llamas, alpacas, and goat wools are not that unusual these days, and there is sheep wool as well. A lot of the knitting wool which you can be able to find is made from one of these animals only. Generally, the wool that you use will not indicate away which animal it has come, and typically, this will not make any difference either.

Locating the right wool

If you are someone who has just started on knitting, then wool is most probably the best type of material to start with. It is not only flexible and quite easy to use, but it does not get easily damaged when you are knitting it either. You shall have to follow certain specific information about how you should take care of the wool once you have finished your knitting. Like for example, if you do not like to see the thing that you have knitted shrink, then you should wash the wool in either lukewarm or in cold water. Keeping this under consideration, a lot of people who knit intentionally make their creations a bit larger in order to simply account for this reality. Also, agitation can be a problem for wool as it can make it clumped up.

There is machine-washable wool but some knitters don't like because it feels a bit different.  And then there are some delicate natural wools that are not suitable for machine-washing. Acrylic or acrylic blends are normally easier to wash, less likely to shrink and cheaper, so are better for beginners.  The more advanced can think about moving on to more expensive delicate wools that need to be washed with care - for those wow projects when you've increased your skill level. 

Finding the right wool

When you are looking for the right wool, make sure yoo look properly at all the caring instructions that are on the label - and it's helpful to keep this label somewhere handy for your future washing, or if you are giving your knitting as a gift, give them the label too so they know how to care for their gift. 

When you read all the instructions on the label, you will be sure that everything you knit will be remaining intact after you have done with them. A lot of wool also comes with specialised instructions for the time you knit, and hence it is important that you are paying attention to this.

The most appropriate way to always check that your woollen creations are nice like the day when you had finished knitting them is always to hand wash them. Wool will always get damaged if it is machine washed or dried. Thus, hand washing is the preferred method. A lot of people fail to consider this when they are buying wool and often wonder why their clothes have shrunk after taking it out of the dryer. Thus, you must avoid making this mistake by using hand washing.

The type of wool will also change the appearance of your project, so it is worth going to a physical store to pick out your wool.  And it's also a good idea to do a swatch before you start on a big project - a swatch is a small sample square of knit so you can see the guage and stretch of the fabric and whether it suits your needle size and the stitch you've picked out.  If you are shopping for wool online, it's a good idea to check the pictures of projects knitted with that particular wool.  The bigger online stores offer pictures of finished projects using the yarn and allow knitters to upload photos of their own projects, so you can get a better idea of whether it's the right wool for you.

It is essential that you take proper care of your knitting wool to ensure that they last.


Hopefully, the information mentioned in this article will have helped you understand more about knitting wools.