1) Start with high-quality ingredients
If you want to make high-quality knitwear, you need to start with high-quality ingredients. The yarn is the heart of your knitting, and not all yarns are made equally. Therefore, it is important that you carefully consider your yarn selection for a project.
Sure, good quality yarn you bought at your local yarn store (LYS) is more expensive than the dollar store, but believe me when I say that cheap, bad yarn leads to cheap, bad knitting – no matter how good you knit .
Once you start investing in better yarn, you will produce better products – irresistible knitwear that you like to wear and that you like to give away.
So buy the best you can afford. It is absolutely worth it!
Consider how your knitwear is used or worn, who it is intended for, and what characteristics are required to make your knitwear work effectively. Here are some ideas for getting started:
Soft ~ durable ~ elastic ~ breathable ~ hot ~ cool ~ machine ~ washable natural ~ biodegradable ~ renewable ~ smooth ~ ~ structured light ~ dark ~ colored ~ easy ~ ~ draped heavy ~ absorbent ~ repellent
If you know these things, you can make more informed decisions about fiber content, thickness, Texture, and color.
2) fiber content
What is the yarn made of? Where and how was it made? Is it suitable for the project?
In general, animal fibers (wool, cashmere, Mohair, Angora, alpaca, etc.) are a good choice for accessories and clothing in cold weather, as they are warm, cuddly and light. They are more elastic than plant fibers, so they keep their shape better.
Vegetable-based fibres (cotton, flax, hemp, etc.) are usually less elastic than animal fibres. They are therefore better suited for garments that are straight, draped and do not rely on ribs for their” fit”. They store less heat and are breathable, making them a great choice for spring / summer wear.
Plant fibers are usually stronger and more durable than animal fibers, making them ideal for home accessories.
The yarn is available in different weights (thicknesses) ranging from very thin (tip) to very thick (Jumbo). The thickness of the yarn you choose affects the Fall and feel of the finished fabric.
When you knit complex stitch patterns, cables or lace, you want the stitch work to speak for itself. You need a good stitch definition, so a smooth yarn is the best choice. Fussy, novel yarns distract from the beauty of the stitches.
The yarn layer also influences the stitch definition. In general, the greater the number of layers, the greater the stitch definition.