The best article ever on this subject. Semi-worsted yarn is spun worsted-style, using fibers prepared in a random arrangement. This is so helpful and interesting not to mention how easy to understand. April 2014 Never discount the yarn lust factor with yarn. January 2018 Classically speaking there are 2 types of yarn. You can write a comment on the yarn’s Ravelry page suggesting that drafting info be added. So well illustrated and explained. Wrosted Yarn has fine diameter. I actually own a mini mill that creates semi-worsted yarns. The Vs of stockinette are sharp, the bumps of moss are plump and clear and the holes in the lace are wide open. June 2019 I needed to understand these concepts — and to have them revealed in just this way. I’m usually a picker, and I never pull from the center of a ball. Interesting point – I would like to know that too! February 2017 June 2016 November 2014 Woolen and worsted are two different ways that yarns are spun. There is a large difference between the spinning and manufacturing process of both woolen and worsted yarn. Wool Type Fine, Wool Type Medium, Wool Type Long and Wool Type Double – coated. This type of yarn is common in the UK. May 2013, All SpoinnersAdvent I’ve been knitting for 15 years and never knew any of this! March 2014 In colorwork, the edge that gives a worsted yarn great stitch definition also makes colors stand apart, while woolen drafted yarns create softness and blur between colors. Aran weight yarns lie between the Double Knit and the Chunky yarns. That pushes us in to the worsted end of the spectrum. It does however produce a lot of waste fibres (though those can still be carded for a more textured yarn). Great visuals and explanations. Spinning Types of Wool Yarn: There are 4 different types. Is there a list? And I also now understand my past failures a little better… haha! September 2019 The compression of a worsted draft puts more … When you look at yarns, hunting for worsted vs. woolen, some are obvious from across the yarn shop. July 2014 Pure new wool/virgin wool is made directly from animal fleece and not recycled from existing wool garments. Here’s what woolen and worsted mean to your knitted sweaters and accessories. It is a little bigger than a Worsted weight yarn. This is a new day for me. So what difference does it make, why bother to think about spinning technique and processing type before spinning? Yarn and fiber folks have an extensive vocabulary for many things, but we are really stuck on the word worsted. The hand feel of yarn Woolen wool yarns are bulky, uneven and have soft, fuzzy appearance; worsted wool yarns are fine, smooth and have crisp appearance. Aran is in the category of medium-weight yarn. September 2013 Thank you for explaining what it actually means. Feb 5, 2018 - What the terms worsted and woolen mean to handspinners. Looking at a strand, I can start seeing variation. The Empire is more uneven looking, a little airier as well as fuzzy. Woolen yarn diameter is medium or coarse. Annie. The Different Yarn Weights. It’s easy to see what’s going on with the yarn and knitting in the samples. I’ll never look at yarn the same way again! Which do you like and want to work with? April 2020 May 2018 As a very new spinner (wheel) I found this article so informative and easy to understand. Today I wanted to cover the anatomy of a spinning wheel and explain the different parts and how a spinning wheel works. April 2018 Because the fibers are parallel, worsted spun yarns are denser and less airy than woolen spun. The Aran and Worsted yarns are great for knitting winter garments. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Woollen and worsted yarn are two types of yarn that can be handspun. Cheers and Thanks. Durability, warmth and weight. December 2019 Many people ask us about the process and the type of yarn we produce. In side-by-side comparison of worsted and woolen yarns with the same fiber and yarn structure, the worsted yarn is more durable, less warm, and heavier than a woolen yarn. BTW, I made a lovely airy lacy quite-warm shawl using reclaimed 100% cashmere of about cobweb weight, that I believe was woolen spun. God Bless. January 2014 The worsted will tend to emphasize the gaps between the colours. October 2017 I am so excited to have found this article today. There are two basic ways of drafting fiber by hand or by machine: worsted draft or woolen draft. This post of part of my Spinning with a Purpose series, sharing swatches I've created for a. In the pictures, the woollen spun samples all seem bigger that the worsted spun. Thank you so much for sharing. This is because the combed fibers, lacking air pockets, can more readily spin up into a compact, dense, and sturdy yarn. That doesn’t happen when fiber is being compressed and smoothed while it becomes a worsted drafted yarn; that happens when the twist limbos into the fiber. Fibers lie parallel to each other to create a shinier yarn. Finally I understand – I sorta knew but didn’t quite fit it into certain yarns I was knitting on, I always wondered . Your explanation of the 2 ends of the spectrum also makes it very easy to understand our process and resulting yarns. April 2017 Worsted handspun hand combed Leister long wool blended with Corriedale. April 2019 October 2015 Woolen yarn is fluffy, soft, and light. August 2013 Now I might be able to come closer to making the right choice for the right project. 28 minutes 0/3 Completed Share. In all the photos, the left swatch of the pair is the worsted spun yarn and the right swatch is woolen spun. September 2017 Over at Into the Whirled, the people come from all directions into the booth in a hullabaloo of shopping, woolen style. Here’s a simplistic overview of the difference (and why it matters). Great article! NOW I KNOW. November 2013 is traditionally spun from carded rolags (this was the job small children carried out). How about giving us more names of worsted and woolen yarns currently available? • Wool is chosen to make garments that provide warmth in winters • Yarn can be used to make new fabric whether through weaving, knitting, crocheting, or embroidering Some will argue that spinning woolen vs. worsted is not even an actual spinning technique, but a way to describe the final yarn produced. I’d assumed it was me, but now I wonder if it’s my yarn? Shop Talk In relation to the thinner 1ply yarns Woollen Spun has a crisper feel, whereas the Worsted Spun has more drape and softness. Sign up for our weekly newsletter full of MDK fun, and you'll save 10% on your next order. The Empire (on the right) is less consistent, and looks a little puffier. The last time we spoke, it was about sheep breeds and just what all those different fuzzy-bottomed critters had to do with your knitting. October 2014 When prepared in a worsted … November 2015 and now the skies are clear, the the clouds have drifted away, and the sun is shining! They're incredibly elastic and bouncey. Here’s a thread on Ravelry discussing it: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/techniques/3930171/1-25, Really impressed by the author. Great explanation, i aways spin long draw and card my alpaca, tearing long strips off of the batt, i would be interested in working out what type my yarn is. 1. As a verb worsted is (worst).As a adjective worsted is defeated, overcome. What is Worsted Wool? September 2016 One way is controlled; twist is brought to the fiber like a gift. The squeeze of drafting a yarn worsted brings fibers closer, for greater depth of color, and the smoothness of the surface reflects light, intensifying the color and shine. Under magnification, worsted yarns look smooth with long fibres, and woolen yarns are much hairier, with lots of short fibres and more pokey-out bits. Thanks! Great article! This definitely affects your choice for a project that will be steeked, but also for fair isle or intarsia colourwork where the woolen spun will fill in the gaps between stitches of different colours. The Difference Between Worsted Vs. Woolen Yarn. Thanks for explaining the difference, it's interesting to see those subtle contrasts between the stitching! They are also stronger, more durable, and less prone to pilling. If you’re anything like me, you can never seem to remember the difference between woolen and worsted when it comes to spinning yarn. If you are new to spinning yarn, the different parts of a spinning wheel can sometimes seem confusing at first! November 2020 November 2019 The most common source of wool is the fleece of sheep. What’s the difference between yarn and wool? That is worsted drafting. Thank you for this article. It’s like choosing between the cleaned-up, slicked-back Tom Hardy in Legend or the grungy Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road. Now that you know about how woolen and worsted yarns behave in knitted fabric, you’ll be able to choose the perfect pattern to complement your new yarn love. You explained it so well. Well, the differences between woollens and worsteds begin at the carding stage. Wool is actually a type of yarn that is mostly used for knitting. Thanks. Both types require different fiber preparation on spinning techniques. Great information! Thank you so much Katie. There are various form of long draw, some make more air filled yarns than others, but the one thing they have in common is that drafting backwards motion, allowing twist to enter the drafting zone. The Twist By varying the twist, or turns per inch of the yarn, the handle of the cloth may be changes. Author: JAYAKRUSHNA SEND Category: Textile 4 Feb 15. Woolen wool yarns are actually heavier than worsted ones. Wonderful study! May 2015 December 2013 Woolen yarns are the ones you might find bits of hay in. Now I also know the difference when spinning too. The yarn isn't smoothed, it's simply stretched out like a piece of chewing gum, that traps lots of air in the yarn, and makes it very bouncey and elastic. This has just lit a light bulb in my head. These are actually a scaled down version of the historical combs, but having handled a pair I can tell you that they're still seriously heavy to handle. Worsted-spun yarns, on the other hand, are smoother and knit up into fabrics with greater drape and stitch definition. You have made it so clear to me. What’s the difference between a worsted weight and DK yarn? I feel I finally understand the difference. The packing-in of the fiber as worsted yarn is made allows the fibers to protect each other for longer wear and less pilling. October 2013 I choose to support local and indie yarners and don’t mind spending big $$ on yarn if I understand it will fit the intended project. Wool Processing and Spinning: Worsted vs. Woolen . In this photo below you can see the 1ply Supreme (worsted) on the left has more of a halo whereas the 1ply Cobweb (woollen) on the right has better stitch definition – it almost feels like cotton although it is 100% wool. The same process squeezes out the air making it not as warm. Woolen and worsted yarn. With your information I can now choose wisely, thus ensuring my yarn/pattern will be completed. May 2014 It is spun from long wool fibers longer than 3”. Now, I finally understand what it really means and how it will impact my future knitting! Topics. Many commercial yarns are spun in this way, particularly sock … Now I can make better informed decisions when selecting yarns for a project, and now that next trip to my LYS will really become an adventure! Some yarns are not so obvious. Unfortunately you can’t tell from the ballband unless the manufacturer has included that information. 'Carding' is one of the processes which untangles the wool fibers and lays them straight, side by side. Not every woolen-spun yarn has a rougher surface, and not every worsted yarn is smooth. The indie Dyer might know how their base is spun if one is buying direct but maybe a LYS owner might not. Understanding helps tremendously and the side by side swatches were terrific. Woolen yarn is spun allowing the twist to enter the drafted fibers, using fibers prepared in a random arrangement. Thanks for the good explanation. Thank you for a well written and useful article. December 2016 very smartly elaborated the article. October 2016 Try Ravelry and yarnsub.com, or phone the manufacturer (or ask your LYS owner to). KitILove This system is widely adopted among crafters, yarn manufacturers, designers and publishers, so consider it the gold standard for categorising yarn weights. Loved the first video, and your video was brilliant, thank you so much. December 2017 Aran or Afghan? I said Thank You as soon as I read the title. A short draw is used in spinning worsted fibers (as opposed to a long draw). Weaving. If either of these fibers is in your yarn, no matter how worsted and smooth it is spun—it will become a fuzzy yarn. January 2016 Jo, You have a real gift. September 2014 Does it make that much difference to your gauge? Yarns in this weight category can be made out of wool or acrylic. I ALWAYS substitute my yarns and I know now that my yearn choices are the reason I never seem happy with all my hard work. Thank you for this lucid explanation – and the swatches to illustrate it. The difference between these two is not as clear at first glance. Combing was traditionally done on large heavy combs, and was done by men. April 2016 January 2017 Stitch definition. Bonus points for great pictures to make everything visual and extra clear. Spinningwithapurpose 70% Wool 30% Alpaca, 3.5oz. That is woolen drafting. November 2016 They are both delightful, yet different. May 2020 The Windham is more uniform and sleek looking even with the inherent visual softness of the Merino fiber. March 2020 https://garmentmerchendising.com/category/fiber/. Ok, first up lets look at how the fibres are running in to the yarn. Oh great now I’m going to spend all day weeping for Wuthering Heights Tom Hardy and wondering what kind of yarn he was. Oh my gosh! My thanks also. A lot. A light bulb has definitely gone on for me. Some have a naturally rougher surface. Yours has been my favorite series to date – I’m learning so much and feel like I can make better choices! These are the two different systems through which different grades of yarns are produced from the wool taken from different animals like sheep, alpaca, rabbits, goats and llama. the fiber(s) used. So much yarn, so many choices — the Lust Factor will now have a bit more knowledge backing it up! A lot of totally digestable information, that was logically arranged and illustrated… and you even sprinkled it with touches of humor. As adjectives the difference between worsted and wool is that worsted is defeated, overcome while wool is made of wool. Twist is the magic that makes fiber into yarn, and drafting is how the twist gets into the fiber. It includes the process like blend, add oil, combed, divide into strips and twist and so on. Fabrics from worsted-spun yarns are known for their durability, sheen, and drape, and tend to pill a bit less than those from woolen-spun yarns (although this last quality depends on a whole variety of factors, including the fibers used). Advent May 2017 Keep up with her exploits at jillianmoreno.com. You cracked the egg for me.I want to read more of your writing. July 2016 February 2019 A great big “AHA!” Moment for me! You then spin using a long draw technique that maintains that rolled structure. May 2019 This page is a godsend . It also helps to clean the fibers of debris. Thank you, you’re a great explainer. Worsted yarns, on the other hand, are both smooth and dense with a lovely lustre and the ability to drape beautifully. Countryside October 2019 If you are unsure or curious about the outcome of a particular stitch pattern, swatch it. It seems that I am and have produced a woollen yarn. Yes, the UK and US do use slightly different terms for their yarns (Americans prefer to call an aran-thickness yarn ‘worsted’ for instance and the term DK is generally only used in the UK). Yarn stashes are nice, but at some point, I become a yarn collector instead of a knitter if I never get projects done due to errors in purchases. I’ve wondered lately why some yarn I loved in my LYS seemed perfect, but when swatched, especially in garter stitch, looked so shiny, something I didn’t want. June 2014 I have saved this post as I will go over it again and again. January 2019 It is a bulky and uneven yarn. Thank you for there explanation. Airy and soft, but fragile (because of the shorter staple and looser twist?). Congratulations on shedding light on these two styles of spinning that are so confusing for many spinners. July 2020 Jill, I am a newbie to crochet and knitting, so this information is wonderful! September 2020 It's then spun with the twist entering the drafting zone in a long draw technique. Any suggestions? In woolen spun yarn, the fibres are ‘carded’ before they are spun into threads and air is introduced. The compression of a worsted draft puts more individual fibers into a length of yarn, making it heavier. She wrote the book Yarnitecture: A Knitter’s Guide to Spinning: Building Exactly the Yarn You Want so she could use all of the fiber words. It makes yarn that is lofty and irregular. November 2018 January 2020 I’m trying to educate myself on the different weights of yarn and could only find “worsted” listed as a weight. That would be worsted-style shopping. The other style invites the twist into the fiber, it lets the twist zip into the fiber with little to no control; twist is just tossed at the fiber. This video of a Navajo Weaver has long been a favourite of mine. Thank you! February 2016 June 2013 The distinctions between these has been a mystery to me until now. Woolen and worsted yarns. March 2016 It includes the process like blend, add oil, combed, divide into strips and twist and so on. Chances are, from the end of your batt the fibres are being fed in to the yarn along the direction of the yarn, and not at 90 degrees. 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