What kind of yarn should I use to make a sweater?
Wool, cotton, silk, acrylic, hemp or any other fiber yarns can be used. The top down sweaters look best knitted at a slightly loose gauge. If the pattern calls for 4 stitches to the inch, look for a yarn that has a recommended gauge of 4 or 4 1/2 stitches to the inch.
Is acrylic yarn bad for clothes?
Acrylic Yarn Can Withstand Heavy Wear
Many acrylic yarns are washing machine safe and won’t shed or shrink if you throw them in with the rest of your laundry. Because they are manufactured from petroleum; it takes years for the fibers to degrade naturally.
Can I use acrylic yarn instead of cotton?
You can easily substitute a similar weight of cotton yarn for wool, or acrylic for cotton. Keep in mind the finished use of the project you’re making. A washcloth, for instance would not be very practical stitched in wool or acrylic yarn. Socks made in acrylic do not wear as well as socks made in wool.
What weight of yarn is best for sweaters?
Fingering weight yarn is often used for socks, lightweight sweaters and accessories, and Fair Isle or colorwork patterns. Fingering weight is sometimes listed as “baby yarn” or “sock yarn” and is about double the weight of lace yarn. Fingering weight yarns are typically knit on US 1-4 needles.