The Right Yarn Makes a Difference for Your Knitting Project

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Knitters have various types of wool they can choose from when selecting a pattern they want to make and, depending on the project, they can pick the wool that works best for their project. A knitted baby blanket needs to have a soft knitting wool, while a scarf or mittens can have a wool that isn't as soft but allows for a closer knit. It isn't necessarily about the type of wool used, but the number of plies in the thread you're using matters as well.

 

Most yarns are made from Merino wool in Australia, from Merino sheep.The thickness of the yarn is measured by what ply the yarn happens to be. The ply, which is a strand of yarn, will also help you to determine which size needles you should be using in order to effectively knit with the yarn. Different plies will help you make different types of items, such as blankets, scarves, socks or jumpers. 

 A good rule of thumb in determining which ply yarn you need is the higher the ply, the more yarn definition you will get. So, if you want your project to have texture to it, like the designs on a cable knit jumper, use a higher ply count. If you are not striving for texture, use a lower count and pop art effect you can make here.

They can be bought in a vast array of colors, from pastels to bright neon. You can also purchase undyed wools so you can dye the final product yourself or you can knit a pattern for someone who has an allergy to dyes. Some people like to use natural dyes, such as vegetable dyes made from beet juice or grape juice, especially for those that have a sensitivity to artificial dyes.

 

The thickness of the yarn is measured by what ply the yarn happens to be. The ply, which is a strand of yarn, will also help you to determine which size needles you should be using in order to effectively knit with the yarn. Different plies will help you make different types of items, such as blankets, scarves, socks or jumpers. 

 A good rule of thumb in determining which ply yarn you need is the higher the ply, the more yarn definition you will get. So, if you want your project to have texture to it, like the designs on a cable knit jumper, use a higher ply count. If you are not striving for texture, use a lower count.

 

A knitter should use a 4 ply yarn when they want to make a lighter weight item, such as a pair of socks and a 8 ply yarn is used for items that need durability to survive multiple washes and wearing, like a scarf or jumper. Your knitting book or pattern will tell you what ply yarn you need and which needles to use. If you enjoy knitting Australia has many online knitting suppliers, such as Biggan Design, from which to buy your supplies.

 

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