February 22, 2022

Knitting for Beginners! 3 ~ About yarn materials ~

Knitting for Beginners! 3 〜毛糸の素材、毛糸玉の扱いについて〜

Good evening.

"Knitting for Beginners!" is a blog series to ask Tokuko questions from beginner staff.

This time it will be a rough content, but please understand.

This is because, for example, even the same wool can have completely different textures and thicknesses depending on the type of sheep and processing method, so it is not possible to categorically say, "This material is like this." Also, there are individual differences in the sense of ease of knitting, so please read it as a reference.

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Question 1: Do you have a recommended material for beginners to knit for the first time?

I recommend wool.
Wool stretches relatively well, and even though it is thick, it is often light, so I think it is easy to knit.
First, we recommend using 100% wool yarn that is slightly thick, such as Hike from amirisu.


Question 2: What materials do you recommend for spring/summer?

100% wool is hot in spring and summer.
So, first try a yarn that is a blend of wool with another material.
If you choose wool mixed with cotton or linen, you can knit it without feeling too difficult.
Among amirisu yarns, we recommend Parade, which is a mixture of 60% wool, 20% cotton, and 10% each of silk and linen.

Linen is cool and perfect for summer, but it can be a little tricky to knit because it doesn't stretch. Technique is necessary to align the eyes neatly. I think that if someone who is not used to knitting first tries it, they will feel depressed when they see their own knitted fabric.

For those who try linen for the first time, we recommend amirisu's Wanderlust Linen, which has a chain shape and is relatively easy to stretch among linens.

Also, cotton generally does not stretch as much as wool and is heavy. You may need a little technique to knit.


Question 3: What kinds of animal hairs other than wool are available?

They include cashmere, alpaca, camel, and yak.

This also depends on the type of animal, the part from which the hair is removed, and the processing method, but most of them are very warm. Because it is rarer than sheep, the price will be higher. Some alpaca have a slippery feel that contains moisture.


Question 4: Is there a difference in the ease of knitting depending on the color?

Bright colors are easier to see and easier to knit.
However, if you are easy to see, it means that you can be seen well by others. The bright color of the knitting pattern stands out and is cute, but the coarseness also stands out accordingly.
The blackish color makes it difficult to see the pattern even if you knit it, but you can hide the coarseness. Which one you choose is up to you.


Question 5: How can I use yarn that is sold in skeins?

The skein becomes a large loop when unwound.

If you leave it as it is, it will be difficult to pull out the thread or it will get tangled, so be sure to use it after making it into a ball of yarn.

If you use the Kasekuri device and the Tamamaki device, it will be easy to make in a short time, and the finish will be beautiful.
This video explains in detail how to use the kasukuri device. Please look.

If you don't have a skein device or ball roll device at hand, use a skein on your leg or the back of a chair to prevent it from getting tangled, and wind the thread around the core of the plastic wrap to make it round. It's okay. If you search the internet, you will find various methods.


Question 6: Where do you pull the thread from the ball of yarn?

I use the thread from the outside instead of the center of the ball.
The reason is that the balls are less likely to fall apart. If you use it from the outside, the ball of yarn will only get smaller, but if you use it from the center, the inside will become more and more hollow and the ball will languish.
However, there are no set rules, so feel free to do whatever you like.


Question 7: Do you have any other tricks to prevent the ball of yarn from collapsing?

Summer yarns such as linen and cotton are particularly prone to crumbling, so they are tightly packed in a ziplock bag.

Pull the thread out from the center of the ball, leave the end of the ziplock bag slightly open, and pull the end of the thread through it. It is a recommended method for those who carry knitting.


Next time, about needles.
We will be answering all of your questions little by little!