They are probably favorite objects in your wardrobe and you surely know all about them.
But can you easily tell what kind of sweater it is? What type of yarn it is made of? What composition it is? Weight? Density? What kind of gauges are used?
All these factors define the price and the quality of a sweater.
Let’s first figure out what types of common yarns are used for sweaters, which is probably the 1st thing a consumer would like to know.
🔷 WOOL. Natural fiber of animal origin. Created by nature itself to enclose the air between fibers to protect the wearer from the cold.
➕ Advantages: breathable, warm, natural, lightweight, wrinkle resistant, durable
➖ Disadvantages: difficult to care, shrinks, pills, can be irritative and allergenic
🔷ACRYLIC YARN. Soft synthetic fiber that has many of the wool’s properties.
➕ Advantages: affordable, easy to care, does not shrink, allows for a great variety of textures & colors
➖ Disadvantages: might have rough texture, flammable, not quite eco-friendly
🔷COTTON . Natural yarn based on cotton plant fiber, the most commonly used garment fiber.
➕ Advantages: natural, comfortable, hypoallergenic, breathable, absorbent, easy to maintain
➖ Disadvantages:shrinkable and non resilient, non colorfast, pills easily, may get affected by mildew, wrinkles easily
🔷 VISCOSE. A manmade yarn produced of cellulose of various plants. Quite similar in its properties to cotton.
➕ Advantages: soft and silky feel, hypoallergenic, does not shrink, can be produced in variety of textures and colors, as well as easily blended with other fibers; biodegradable
➖ Disadvantages: easily stretches and deforms, might be heat sensitive, susceptible to mildew, often difficult to wash and care, production involves pollution
We will tell you more about other factors that define the quality of knitted garments further on.
Feel free to contact Textile Pro to know more about knitted garments or to design and produce your own ones.
On the photos some of the samples we did as a part of Finn Flare brand sweaters capsule.
In knitted garments production, gauge number, as well as needle number, is also an important quality factor.
The higher the needle number (and the gauge), the smaller the stitches are, and the denser the amount of needles (and stitches) per an inch is.
By the way, it takes factory from 30 to 40 days to complete the full cycle of knitted garment production. Thus, when you are about to start enjoying summer, you should already let Textile Pro take care of your autumn knit collection.
When choosing a yarn for your knitted garments, besides its composition, it is very important to consider its weight, its density and its thickness.
Inexpensive sweaters are lightweight and thin, which in certain cases might seem nice, but after all, they will most easily wear off and deform. The exceptions include high end natural yarns made of silk, cashmere, angora and alike.
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