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~The secret of knitting yarn~ Knitwear is made using the "good parts" of raw wool

Why knitting yarn is more expensive than weaving yarn


This may sound like a boast about knitting, but it is a little-known fact that when making (spinning) yarn from natural raw materials, knitting yarn is the best raw material.

There are times when knitters say, ``The length of the cashmere raw material makes it impossible to use knit thread, so we use woven thread instead.'' Why is knitting yarn so high grade?

It's the sweetness of the twist.
The key to making durable yarn is the length of the fibers and the number of twists.

The more twists you twist, the stronger the thread becomes, but the more twists you twist, the harder it becomes.

Knit yarn for softness, textile yarn for durability


Each type has a suitable strength, and the threads are made accordingly.

In order to draw thin threads, regardless of the amount of fibers to be bundled, if you twist them strongly, you will be able to draw even fairly thin threads.
However, in the case of knitting yarn , fluffy yarn is essential, so it is not possible to twist it too tightly.

It's a rough number, but it seems that knitting threads are twisted about 240 times per meter, while weaving threads are twisted about 400 to 440 times.
Since strong twisting cannot be applied, each raw material fiber must be long.
Those "long, thin fibers" are expensive.

Knitters say that they can tell whether a thread is good or bad just by setting it on a knitting machine and knitting it a little.
Threads other than wool are twisted to a certain degree, so they are less likely to come loose or break.

Wool, especially spun wool such as cashmere, angora, mohair, camel, and alpaca, each have their own characteristics as raw materials, and differences occur in fiber length and number of twists, so knowledge and experience are required. .

When the fibers of cashmere are short, they tend to come loose easily, and when the fibers are too tightly twisted, it is difficult to obtain texture even when the fibers are tightened. Alpaca is the easiest to shed, and its hair tends to stick to other things. Angora hair breaks easily and scatters like dust, and mohair is a straight fiber that has poor elasticity and is difficult to weave, etc.

It's quite deep and interesting.

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