The Popular Fibre of All – Wool

The Popular Fibre of All – Wool


I f you ask a knitter which fibre they love most the answer almost certainly will be wool. It is easy and springy and a garment in wool is long –lasting, durable, warm and gorgeous. When you refer to wool it could include practically all animal fibres, however when talking about wool it is usually from sheep’s wool even though you get wools from rabbits, llamas, goats or alpacas too. Sheep’s wool is kinky fur with overlapping scales and this leads to the felting ability of wool. Humans have been using wool for centuries and it remains incredibly popular regardless of all the other yarns available on the market.

It is an excellent choice for beginner knitters as it makes it easier to keep your pattern tension as it contains a natural elasticity. It is an excellent choice for projects like finger gloves, ear warmers, hats, socks, etc. as it has a natural resilience that allows it to spring back into its original position once stretched and removed.

The huge negativity of wool however is the sensitivity factor. Many knitters give up on knitting or rather wool knitting due to sensitivities and allergies. Even though allergies are rare you do get individuals that have negative reaction to wool and others find it intolerably itchy. Thus if you knit for someone specific find out first if that person can tolerate wool against their skin.


C aring for wool knits is essential and follow these tips or your work can shrink or stretch beyond repair.
  • Always check the label on the wool as to caring and washing instructions
  • Stains must be treated very quickly in cold water
  • Leave woollen items to flat dry out of direct heat and sunlight
  • Wash by hand and also avoid spinning, wringing or agitating
  • Air woollen items that picked up odours on a bed