Types of Yarn Fibers
All types of yarn for knitting or crocheting are made from natural or synthetic fibers. Different types of yarn fibers have specific qualities — some good, some not so good. Often, manufacturers blend different types of yarn fiber to offset an undesirable characteristic.
When choosing a yarn type for your knitting project, consider the following:
• Wool: Wool (made from the fleece of sheep) is the queen of yarns, and it remains a popular choice for knitters. Here are some of your wool yarn options:
v Lamb’s wool: Comes from a young lamb’s first shearing.
v Merino wool: Considered the finest of the fine breeds.
v Pure new wool/virgin wool: Wool that’s made directly from animal fleece and not recycled from existing wool garments.
v Shetland wool: Made from the small and hardy native sheep of Scotland’s Shetland Islands.
v Icelandic wool: A rustic, soft yarn.
v Washable wool: Treated chemically or electronically to destroy the outer fuzzy layer of fibers.