SHOP YOU KNITS WISELY!

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We love knits! They’re comforting, comfy and warm. Since there are many types of wool, we decided to write a small guide, so you can shop your knits judiciously!

 

Wool types

Wool sweaters have never had a very good reputation because they tended to be very itchy. However, today, knits are no longer made only from sheep wool. They are also fabricated from quite a few other animal wools that are very pleasing to wear.

 

Merino wool is produced by the sheep that gave it its name. The merino herds are exposed to extreme temperatures; this is why their hair breathes during summer, insulates during winter, and yet remains pretty soft and light. We often use it to make sport clothes since it evacuates sweat very well.

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Angora wool comes from the really long and fine hair of the albino rabbit. This type of wool is hot, really soft, silky, and it easily absorbs humidity. That’s why it’s often used to make sweaters and luxury socks. Be careful, angora clothing leaves small hairs everywhere.

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Mohair wool is made from the hair of angora goats. It’s also has really fine, soft and silky. The fibers tend to retain their original curly shape, which gives it a nice puffy look.

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Alpaca wool comes from South American lamas. As you probably guessed, we call them alpacas. Their strong hair is perfect to make suits.

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Cashmere wool is really expensive. It’s produced by cashmere goats that get their name from the region where this type of wool was initially made: kashmir in india. Its fibers are so tiny that it takes thousands to make a thread, which is also twisted with another thread, so it’s strong enough. Be careful, even the best cashmere will naturally pill slightly over time and use.

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Generally speaking, a large diameter type of wool is itchier than a smaller one. In comparison, the merino wool’s diameter is about 20 microns, while alpaca’s is between 16 and 25. Cashmere and angora are about the same diameter: between 11

 

Synthetic knits

During the seventies, synthetic fabrics, like acrylic and viscose, almost dethroned wool. Today, we still use them a lot, mixed or not with real wool. As a matter of fact, the items we are suggesting for the different types of wool are not always made of one material. If you look at the composition, you will see it’s often a mix of different wool types and synthetic fabrics.


Acrylic has a special texture that resembles wool. It is soft, hot and crease-resistant.

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Viscose was invented to have the proprieties of silk without being too expensive to produce. It is resistant, it easily absorbs humidity and it holds its shape. However, it has a tendency to wrinkle.

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Finally, here are two ways to take good care of your knits:

 

If you want to refresh a knit that’s not stained, you can simply put it in a plastic bag and leave it in the freezer overnight. It will kill bacteria and bad odors!

 

To soften a sweater that you find itchy, you can soak it in a mix of warm water and hair conditioner for fifteen minutes. Afterwards, you gently squeeze it in a towel and then lay it flat to dry. Make sure you don’t twist it! When your shirt starts to itch again, repeat!

Hoping you have all the infos you need to fall in love with knits!

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