Same goes for sweaters. Superwash yarns, especially superwash merino, are some of the most loved yarns in the knitting world. There are some interesting fibers out there made of things like soy and milk. Like the samples in the article above, you may find that the pattern looks baggy, stretched out, or loses the stitch definition in those projects. My own kids had real wool sweaters that I washed carefully. I am terribly allergic to non-superwashed wool. With wool, staple length varies greatly, which is why some wool pills much more than others (another factor is the crimp or straightness of the fiber). I use superwash when making things for my granddaughter, because my daughter won’t handwash. Some types of fabrics are typically made out of shorter wool fibre. Cascade Yarn 220 Superwash Sport is a machine-washable Merino wool that's perfect for any project that calls for a lighter weight yarn. Remove and smooth the scales, and the fibers have no natural way to grip each other. Happy knitting!! And of course there are many alternatives to wool too. It is your go to yarn if your punch needle project will get a lot of wear. The silky fiber and long hairs of alpaca wool limit pilling. It is the perfect combination of affordability, quality and versatility that can be used for a wide range of projects. Thanks. True, they aren’t as enjoyable in the hand as knitting with an animal fiber, but it’s hardly a struggle. If, however, I suggest to her I’d like to pet her in a way that works for many other cats I know, but not her, I find teeth and claws attached to my hand. Felting is a natural but sometimes unwanted property of the wool fiber. Here are some helpful tips when washing 220 Superwash®: This means that superwash garments can feel little draftier and less insulating. As a life long knitter, I’m rather nervous about doing that. It would be interesting to include discussion of the chemical process used when creating superwash yarns. Characteristics of wool also vary greatly among breeds. I’d appreciate a piece clarifying and comparing the environmental costs of non-fuzzy animal choices (superwash, synthetics) and maybe others as well (cotton, bamboo, linen must go through some processing as well). Ready to knit from outside of the ball! link to All about Knitting Needle Sizes (Hooray! Sock yarn makers often blend superwash with a bit of nylon to add even more toughness. Do you use or shun superwash wool? It is jamieson and smith for me all the way now . Gauge: 5.5 sts per inch on US#6 (4mm) or 5 sts per inch on US#7 (4.5mm). Case in point, a Better Bucket hat knit for my sister in Malabrigo Rios would have fit a basketball when it came out of a handwash bath in Eucalan. / Superwash Yarn. I can now fully absolve myself from blame for the sagging mess of a hooded vest I made years ago. I am looking for a yarn for a sweater pattern. This is such a good article! My guess is that I am irritated by the wider end of the hair shaft, possibly because it was cut rather than having a tapered end like the other side. There are so very many different yarns available from which to choose, that I bet you’ll be able to find some that are just right for you. Even if it seems totally smooth, there are still tiny prickly bits that will set me off.). The colour, lovely in the skein, just doesn’t satisfy me knitted up. Unsurprisingly, the hairs are finer. And you should generally not put superwash wool in the dryer. It doesn’t stretch out any more than any other type of wool yarn as long as you knit it to the proper gauge. ), link to How to Knit an Actually Stretchy Cast-on, “Electron micrograph of a clean merino wool fibre”, terms are not necessarily interchangeable, a post summarizing her research on superwash. Check out the rest of the Cascade Yarns 220 Line for even more options!Available online only. My friend in the photo is holding two damp swatches. I can run a skein of wool across my neck and red blotches/itching begin. I’ve only used the dk but loved it, too: made a highly textured baby sweater and texture totally popped, which hasn’t been my experience with regular SW wool. Thread did not seem to change the gauge, but supported the weight. Still, too soft for my taste…. Alpaca is supposed to be hypoallergenic as compared to sheep’s wool as it doesn’t have the lanolin sheep’s wool has. (Many acrylics can pill, too.) When they are noticeable enough to remove without ruining the garment, I do. From curly fibre (for example lambswool) it is easy to create volumous chunky sweaters,but the downside is pilling. the wool itself does not come from China, but because of the rules of international trade its country of origin is listed as China if it has been spun, dyed, or superwash treated there. The hand is how a knitted fabric feels. Trying to even the stitches out again, has become a nightmare. Any advice is appreciated, but please do not suggest I quit knitting!!! (Superwash yarns therefore are not candidates for gauge shifting.). Reason #3: Curly fibre. I’m not a sock knitter but might consider using SW for that. She wrote the book Yarnitecture: A Knitter’s Guide to Spinning: Building Exactly the Yarn You Want so she could use all of the fiber words. Two questions: How about a guide to the most vivid colors in non-superwash yarns? Thank you! I’m not sure if wearing it next to my bare back/stomach would cause a flare up. Knit it too loosely, & yes, it will stretch. But then, so will untreated wool. It’s coated with plastic. Knit a Norwegian sweater for son 2 years ago. So I began to stabilize the ‘samples’ I made with whatever I had on hand: I added thread for light yarns, usually in an matching color to make it invisible. The yarn compresses since some of the structure is missing. Superwash yarn feels delightful; it’s smooth and supple. Depending on your personal tolerance for plastic, you may decide that superwash wool is not something that you are interested in buying. The article you link to explains how superwash yarn revitalized the American wool industry, apparently in large part due to the military need for superwash wool and the requirement that it buy American. I’m very pleased with the results, but I will only be wearing the cardigan over a shirt. The longer the staple, the less likely the fiber is to pill. If the scales can’t lock together, then the knitted item can be tossed into the washing machine with reckless abandon (sort of). Because the fibers aren’t hanging on to each other, superwash yarns work best if knit tightly to help give them some of the structure that they are missing. I encourage you to read up about it and make the decision based on your personal preferences. Like you, Maureen, I only knit with superwash yarns when making garments for our grands. I’d like to make them in something soft but wont stretch out. I’m surprised because it grows a lot! would that include colorwork issues? Keep up with her exploits at It’s the Superwash! To further reduce the “stickiness” of the fiber, the strands are sealed with a polymer or resin called Hercosett 125. I’m that knitter that likes to find the yarn first and then a pattern. But there is something so nice about throwing it in wash and dryer. Merino Wool is much softer than other wool yarns because it is a finer … I use the dryer and find it shapes back up. Sweaters with superwash are a recipe for disaster and disappointment. But I want to knit another one and I want to be sure that I’ll have the right size. I would appreciate it. I know about O-Wool eco superwash, what brands did you use? As someone who suffered with scratchy wool socks & clothing as a child, all in the name of warmth, you can keep the so-called natural stuff for anything but carpets & outerwear that will never come within 5 yards of bare skin. Superwash wool also resists felting in items that are exposed to a fair amount of moisture and movement, like socks. If you are looking for a cable that stands at attention, superwash yarns can be a little, um, flaccid. I use superwash for socks and I will use it on every once in a while on shawls/mitts/hats (for the ability to wash and dry more easily), but for the most part I avoid it. Is it soft or rough, stiff or drapey? These harsh chemicals and pollutants are therefore avoided. There are two ways most commonly used to make a superwash yarn. Asking a superwash yarn to have superior stitch definition is like trying to thread cooked angel hair pasta through the eye of a needle. I always put a towel or two in with it. Are there other great fibers that would work for me besides wearing a turtleneck under all my projects? Absolutely not. A highly spun superwash can have lovely crisp stitch definition! The superwash treatment makes the wool easier to wash, and it also keeps the yarn from expanding or blooming as much as it would in its natural state when wet finished. Finally, because the scales can’t lock together, superwash wool tends to be less effective at trapping warm air. Nonetheless, what can’t be denied, is that non-superwash wool does not go through this process. Superwash wool refers to a type of yarn that has been treated to prevent felting and therefore is … I love super wash yarns – some of the best ones feel like cotton without the stiffness. I usually knit my scarves a little bit shorter because after blocking it becomes longer. I always need to have a good woolly project going at the same time to cleanse my pallet after all the slickness of the superwash. Why do we love them so much? Superwash wool often enhances stitch definition (yay! Available online only. If your choice is for "Superwash" wool, it is important to remember that it is more elastic - making a sample is necessary. BUT ... there are problems with superwashing that, depending upon the intended use of the fiber, can outweigh the advantages. Have you tried yak or camel? Though it may have started as this, superwash Merino has taken on a life of its own and is a mainstream fiber these … A lot of us are switching over to warm-weather yarns now, many of which are much less prone to pilling that cool-weather favorites such as wool and alpaca. What an interesting article! No more superwash for me! Superwash producers use a chlorinated gas to erode the scales from the fiber strands. What has influenced your decision? Superwash wool yarn is a somewhat controversial yarn for fibre artists. Sigh. The fibres will also be entangled because of curly fibre. In today’s world where we are drowning in our own waste, consumers need to be informed as to what exactly we are buying before making a choice to buy or not. Brilliant article, I had no idea there was such a difference, thank you so much!! Superwash -- superwashing -- is treating wool chemically so that it can be machine washed without fear of shrinkage, like a towel, etc. It may be coated, but it still is a protein fiber at heart and retains many of the inherent properties of protein fibers. The superwash process also makes the yarn that is slightly softer. Silk is wonderful, although slippery to knit with. Cascade 220 knitting yarn is now available in Superwash! This site also participates in other affiliate programs and is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies. I like them a lot. Just after I let a comment I went to malabrigo site to read about the yarns and I just saw that chunky is not really superwash! Also receive daily new post notifications, It’s Not You, It’s the Yarn: Superwash Edition, how to save this article in your MDK account with one click, Knitter’s Notebook: Warm Hats and Good Friends, Yarn Detective: The Mysterious Phenomenon of the Gauge Shifters, Grist: A Secret Measurement for Substituting Yarn, Yarn Detective: Twist and Knitting Style, Part 2, But I don’t like the softness. Any comments about this? I love malabrigo and I don’t want to stop knitting with it. Do I lie in bed at night feeling guilty about this? Superwash wool refers to a type of yarn that has been treated to prevent felting and therefore is machine-washable. Polymers can be either natural or manmade. I am sure some of you out there have chemistry backgrounds and can share suggestions that would make reading yarn labels easier. If you are a lace knitter, particularly with a penchant for lace shawls, the smooth heaviness of superwash gives your piece swing. I’ll never use it for a sweater again. The process of making superwash wool prevents the scales from locking together, either by removing them entirely or coating the entire strand in a polymer. Finishing a couple commissioned blanket and was pondering an Autumn sweater for myself in superwash fingering!!!! A wool may or may not note that it's superwash, but if it says it's machine washable, you know that it must be! N.B. While some brands say that they are fine for the washer and dryer, I have found that even superwash yarns tend to felt a bit in the dryer. My biggest complaint about the fibers I can use is that they tend not to have much spring in them. Is there a difference between superwash and “real” in how prone to run a bright yarn is? yes, superwash really behaves differently – but even more: not long ago I knit a beanie in some superwash, but I don’t like wearing it anymore because I either sweat or freeze in it. So… beautiful as the yarn looks, I’m a non-superwash-lover ! They give wonderful drape, but the look of the quintessential snuggly woolen sweater still eludes me. Heritage Silk is a super-soft yet durable yarn that is machine washable and dryable because of its blend of superwash merino wool and silk. I knit furiously, meaning that I am a fast and prolific knitter and that I swear loudly every time I drop a stitch. Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted Superwash Yarn is available now at Jimmy Beans Wool with Free U.S. Flat Rate shipping for orders over $75, $5 U.S. Flat Rate shipping on all other orders! I hope pattern designers make an effort to indicate if super wash is appropriate for a given pattern. Is Merino Wool Yarn Itchy? Thanks for this but I am disheartened! One is to strip or dull the scales of a fiber, then fill the irregularities left behind with a polymer to smooth the fiber. I am looking forward to more info on how the “de-scaling” is achieved. The lack of elasticity allows your block to hold all of those YOs open. Raíz by Amores Yarn Studio is dyed just for us in a palette of harmonious contrasts. The creation process for superwash wool essentially smoothes out the entire strand of yarn, so at the microscopic level, the strands no longer have their natural stickiness. Rarely does fresh superwash yarn look fuzzy. Let’s push the American wool industry to support less toxic and more environmentally responsible s/w processes and, in the meantime, let’s continue to raise awareness of what the s/w process is and why it needs to change. The one on the right is knit to the gauge suggested by the ballband (4.5 stitches to the inch) and the one on the left just slightly looser (4.25 stitches to the inch). You probably got here by searching for “superwash wool,” and along the way, I’m guessing that you encountered many a article or blog post about the evils of superwash wool and its plastic coating. Superwash is really popular among dyers because it takes dye so well. Your analagies really helped me connect with your ideas. Thank you for this insight into super wash wool. I was thinking to switch to malabrigo worsted because it is not superwash but I heard that it pills a lot. My daughter and son-in-law are both too busy to be handwashing garments, but they ALL love it when I knit for them. If I go inside wearing it, I break out in a sweat immediately – and moisture does not get wicked away like with non-superwash. Sign up now to receive 10% off your next order in the MDK Shop! I hesitate to make a blanket statement about the itchiness of superwash wool because much of the texture is determined by the diameter of the fiber, measured in microns. Enter superwash wool, sometimes called “washable wool”, those these terms are not necessarily interchangeable. I’m talking less about sock yarns and sock knitting, and more about using superwash yarns for knitting garments or accessories. Specially the hats I don’t wet block because I don’t want them to get huge. I know there’s a lot of debate back and forth on Superwash to begin with, but this completely gives me a different sense of perspective to consider in the future. BTW…can’t get Anny Blatt in Australia any more…. I know my shepherdess and her sheep, and I like buying yarn from her because I like supporting local farmers. So back to the drawing board. Thank you! (You can even do a search through them.) I knit with superwash wool, primarily in the form of sock yarn as gifts for my mom. I think O-Wool is one of them . I was confused and just continued. Plastic is now believed to be in our water cycle. They are twisted around each other, but not locked together. On subsequent washings, for my own superwash sweaters, I've just tossed in the dryer (or, from now on with the one that was not-so-washable-as-I-thought, will lay flat). When it’s knit looser than suggested gauge it really doesn’t hold the shape of the stitches well, dry or wet. Now I know why I keep buying superwash even though I tell myself I prefer “real” wool — it’s the color. A tighter spin, like in the other 2 yarns, makes up for some if the properties that superwash can be lacking in. You will most probably experience pilling with wool sweaters. Sleeves and body lengthened by 4 (!) These yarns are much closer to non-SW wool in my experience – bouncier, less dense, feel more wooly. As it happens I have made only one in Superwash and I simply hate the way this cardigan has turned out: it stretches, fanning out at the hem. Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted is the ultimate "work-horse" yarn! If the yarn were not superwash it would have almost no bend, instead it hangs there like Droopy Dog. Thank you for the eye opening article on Superwash yarns! Thank you! I contacted my local, much loved woollen mills (Bendigo Woollen Mills ) where I buy a lot of knitting yarn to use in my weaving projects. Spirit Trail, which just closed its doors (sob! Love this article! This is why I don’t buy loosely spun superwash anymore. Superwash wool is a special wool product that has been treated or processed in a way that allows it to be machine washable. I’m so confused what yarn would work best. You also have trouble with alpaca? I wear it anyway even if it was more beautiful before. Having tested allergic to everything with fur or feathers, wool and hair included, I can nonetheless wear high quality merino next to my skin. ? Luckily it is flat stockinette and I can shave those pills off. Without prior knowledge even researching the ‘ingredients’ isn’t easy. If you’ve ever removed an impossibly tiny, shrunken sweater from the washing machine, you know that most wool does not fare well in the laundry. You may have seen “Superwash” wool written on the label of a yarn hank and wondered what exactly this distinction meant. But that doesn’t necessarily follow! IMore thought and swatching now imperative thanx!!! Might you share just what the process is that removes the yarns scales? Superwash is actually more elastic than acrylic. This tells me not to stray looser than the suggested gauge. When you have a wool garment that pills, there are also several reasons why this happens. I’m like you — one of the big benefits of learning to knit was being able to wear a sweater that wasn’t nylon, cotton, or acrylic — it’s really limiting when you go shopping. I use crochet thread sometimes to support heavier yarns. Superwash wool is a specially treated wool to prevent pilling and allow machine washing. Should say Tanis Fiber Arts. Thank you. These two methods are often combined. You may have seen “Superwash” wool written on the label of a yarn hank and wondered what exactly this distinction meant. I have used two different brands of ‘eco-wash’ superwash wool, which uses a different process for neutralizing the scales on the fiber. Should I use Superwash, wool blend, cotton? I use it for gifts because even those who know better sometimes pitch a scarf or hat into the wash without thinking, although I did knit myself a sweater from superwash because, YES, the COLOR! To Be or Not To Be a Hypocrite: American Superwash Wool Maybe your “local shepherdess” ought to learn something about her industry before she mouths off. Alternatives to Superwash. It makes me nervous to think of extra drape ‘releasing’ the ends….. My local shepherdess ( who is biased ) told me about superwash, and why she doesn’t like it. That’s why baby alpaca easier on my skin than standard alpaca; fewer of those guard hairs. If you peruse the sock yarn section of your local yarn store (LYS), you find an array of brilliant, deeply saturated colors. I am a crocheter. The wool is non Superwash. but it is plasticated! Now, I am new to blocking and try to do it right but I now have a sweater I can’t wear. Supposedly the manufacturing process is kinder to the environment. This post provides an overview of superwash wool and how to treat it, as well as a few things to consider before purchasing it. When I study a yarn, I look and touch first, then I swatch. More chemical pollution in our water we don’t need, right? Knotions Magazine. And yes, dearies, there is always silk, and then linen, bamboo, cotton, hemp and other scrumptious fibers. Is that a misnomer!!! Have you noticed that superwash yarns are grand and glorious, but they don’t really act the same as non-superwash yarns? Sock yarn is almost always a mixture of acrylic for elasticity and superwash wool. Instead I have a stash of polyester/acrylic that I use for hats and mittens etc for the family. ), but the recipients would not appreciate hand was or dry clean gifts. / … Thanks Jillian. Sign up for our weekly newsletter full of MDK fun, and you'll save 10% on your next order. And of course knitting means you can frequently recognize them — they stick out from the twist, right? I have heard recently that some people in the U.S. are making it using less toxic methods. If you prefer natural wool, you will have to wash it by hand, cold and dry it flat ... which is in any case advised with all wool … Share on Social. I also find it a little bit more fragile. I’ve spun wool, starting right from the sheep, and the lanolin makes my hands soft; they don’t break out. Merino definitely ain’t silk. Experienced knitters know that using the right needle size can mean the difference between a well-fitting and overly large sweater. Now I know not to block like I would other yarn. Do you have any experience making garments with this yarn? Some of us are, unfortunately, sensitive to the structure of the animal hair itself. I am fading away from the “superwash”. Had NO clue at the time as to why. Up to this point, after looking and touching, I am deeply in love with superwash yarn, but what happens in the swatching and knitting is what makes me a cautious superwash lover. If you’re choosing a pattern on Ravelry, I highly recommend looking through the projects people have made. Author. The article further says people shouldn’t argue against superwash b/c that will damage the American wool industry, while acknowledging that perhaps it is not an environmentally friendly process. And pill. Now, I am a yarn snob and want to use wool exclusively. Her go-to method for balancing ease of use with durability is to wash the superwash socks on the gentle cycle with cold water (and normal detergent). It's also sometimes referred to as washable wool. Does not need to be wound off. Thank you for the info on the coating process. Plastic washes out of fabrics right into our waste water that we will eventually drink. Superwash yarn is extra smooth, and the color is so intense that it looks like a cartoon idea of yarn. I now know to avoid Superwashed wool when structure is important (not much of an issue since I mostly do socks). My impression of superwash is that it is really stretchy compared to “regular” wool. Maybe you’ve heard that superwash wool is toxic and should be avoided at all costs. “coat the yarn to smooth it” isn’t fully addressed. Superwash Merino is wool that has been specially treated so that it's machine washable and may be machine dried. It would be great if you would publish an article on how to block/resize superwash. Felting can be intentional, for things like hot pads, mittens, and cozy slippers, but this is less desirable for many garments and delicate shawls. Jill thank you for a great lesson. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 2.5 balls of this. (Alpaca wool is rather straight and slippery. I now need a secluded cat free area for blocking!! I am going to frog back beyond the pockets and redo shorter, then if it stretches it won’t matter. So colourful! When it comes to most sweater knitting I love a non-superwash wool if you/the recipient can handle the feel of it. When I washed and “blocked” I was furious. Same here. It will instantly soften whatever it’s blended with, as well. I think the quality of the yarn can make a big difference in the feel and look of a final product. I avoid Superwash if I’m knitting for myself or for somebody that I know I can trust to hand wash. I’d much rather use some lovely Shetland, Blue Face Leicester or alpaca yarn that mellows with age. This will come as no surprise, but you can wash superwash wool in the washing machine! However, as I mentioned, superwash is a controversial topic in the knitting community. What do these yarns look like when used in a crochet? That said, the colors are so bright and alluring! There is nothing approaching crisp stitch definition unless it is knit tightly. The finished fabric may stretch with gravity and any shaping designed to allow a garment to pull in and hug the body may not be effective. — and pull them as you knit (as I mention in my other post below). Oh it’s funny! As with most environmental things, it comes down to personal preference. You live and learn. Been knitting for 45 years and I didn’t know this. Hi! The cable swatch in the photo is knit with bulky yarn, with many plies, at the gauge suggested by the ballband. Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted Superwash Yarn - This amazing 100 percent superwash wool comes in a vast variety of colors and has a soft feel that makes it ideal for hats, sweaters and baby garments! I’m in no way saying that superwash yarns are bad, wrong or anything negative, but they have a feel and behavior very particular to themselves. It slumps on the body. The scales are removed via a chemical process, not mechanical. Tania Fiber Arts have a non-superwash washable yarn and so do Rosy Green Wool. I just used a silk/baby alpaca blend to knit my first cardigan, and it’s lovely. Over the years I have hand washed and machine washed these (on warm gentle cycle) and they still look and feel fabulous! Care: Machine wash warm, tumble dry. Purses, clothing patches, jackets, even pillows. I usually knit hats and scarves with them. Superwash yarns remind me of my neighbor’s cat: beautiful, and when you pet her in exactly the right place she happily purrs. This is because merino wool “tends to be strong and when used in a tightly wound sweater would be less likely to pill,” according to WSJ. And another thing: odors stay in the fabric untill they’re washed – with non-superwash it’s enough to air the garment. Some people told me to knit the small instead of the medium and other people told me to keep the size but decrease the needles. The process of making superwash wool prevents the wool’s ability to stick to itself and felt together from the agitation and heat of the washing machine. I love the feel & drape of superwash yarns for shawls & scarves, not to mention the intensity of the colors. Very hot water and excessive agitation may remove some of the superwash coating, which will eventually lead to felting. It squeaks! I made a second sweater “Roger”, but this time a little tighter tension and have not blocked yet. Anecdotally speaking, I also find superwash yarns to look a little bit shinier than those made of natural wool. Over the years, I’ve knit a lot of socks for my mom, mostly out of superwash wool. 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