Chunky Wool Yarn: the Softest and Fluffiest Yarn of Them All
There is no doubt that Instagram is no longer the same it was when it first appeared. Everything is changing, the purpose of influencers and celebrities has changed and various trends have come to the scene and left, but what has stayed the same is the décor accounts we have the chance to follow. It seems that from the very beginning they’ve done a remarkable job posting breathtaking home décor images from homes all over the world. Although there are lots of expensively styled homes, there are also some which are practical, and lean on the use of eye-catching details like throw pillows and throw blankets.
When speaking about throw blankets, I bet you have noticed the chunky ones cozily spread on couches or used as an accent in bedrooms. What makes them even more popular is the fact that they are extremely easy to knit. All you need is several balls of chunky weight yarns and needles (optional since you can knit with your hands as well). How much yarn you’ll need will depend on the size of your blanket.
What Weight Is Chunky Yarn?
The weight of the yarn refers to the thread’s thickness and not the weight of the ball. Yarn is a textile that can be made of both animal and plant-based fibres. The most commonly used animal-based fibres are sheep’s wool (merino wool in particular), mohair and angora, while the most commonly used plant-based fibres are nylon, polyester and rayon.
What Ply Is Chunky Weight Yarn?
The interlocked fibres also known as plies are spun together into thicker strands, and the number of plies can affect the stitch definition, drape and the feel of the yarn. The bulky and super bulky yarns are equivalent to 12 – 14 ply. These soft, full and eye-catching chunky weight yarns are great for producing fast projects with your hands or with big needles.
Besides throw blankets, with these chunky yarns, you can also knit scarves and ponchos. If you are a beginner and new to knitting, you’ll find knitting with 14 ply yarn a piece of cake. However, these yarns are also great for experienced knitters as with them they can create amazing pieces, especially if they use colourful chunky yarns.
Benefits of Using Wool Yarns for Your Knitting Projects
Wool is a textile fibre the can be obtained from different animals like goats, alpacas and even rabbits, however, it is the sheep wool that is mainly used for knitting. Truth to be told, wool has been used by humans since we can remember and it seems that it is here to stay since its benefits are enormous.
Thanks to its flexibility, wool is considered one of the most durable animal fibres. In fact, wool fibre is seven times stronger than cotton and ten times stronger than silk, fibres which are also considered extremely durable. And the reason for this is wool fibre’s structure and flexibility. Consequently, wool fibre is less likely to tear even after years of use.
Being a natural and animal-based fibre, wool is incredibly warm and insulating textile. It can retain heat, making it the ideal type of fabric for winter clothes, blankets and scarves. However, wool can also keep you cool when the weather is warm thanks to its breathability. And the best part is that even if you sweat, wool can retain one-third of its weight in moisture without becoming damp. In fact, this is the reason why in the past, many people used to wear woollen underwear T-shirts.
Thanks to its elasticity, it is impossible for wool to wrinkle. You can stretch your wool clothes as many times as you want and after a while, they’ll return to their original form. Even if you try to stretch them when wet, they will return to their original shape during the drying process.
Because wool can retain moisture in between its fibres, it is resistant to flame. In other words, no chemical treatment is needed to make wool fibre resistant, which can be a practice with many other fabrics. In contact with fire, wool can char, however, it’ll stop once removed from the flames.
Thanks to the animals’ fatty lanolin, wool is almost waterproof. As we already said, thanks to its ability to soak moisture to a certain amount, wool is considered a water-resistant fabric. So, it’s no wonder that hikers and campers choose woollen socks instead of bamboo or cotton. A lot of fishermen even wear tightly knitted woollen sweaters, and sometimes even made of raw wool, in order to protect them from the harsh elements.