Acrylic and nylon are most commonly used for knitting yarn and are often combined with animal fibers, which enhances the usability of both fibers. For example, blended wool and nylon creates durable yarn for socks and other heavy-use items.
Most knitters remember synthetic yarn from years past. Most of it had a scratchy, plastic feel to it.
Today’s synthetic yarns are much nicer, with excellent color choices.
- Nearly indestructible
- Good value for dollars spent, usually less expensive than animal-based fibers
- Especially useful for baby and children’s items, machine washable and dryable
- Can feel cold and clammy against the skin
- Over time the finished item can pill and look worn
- Is heat sensitive, requires shorter dryer cycle and no ironing
Choosing the right yarn for a knitting project comes with experience and a basic knowledge of the qualities, both good and bad, of each fiber. I’ll explore other fibers in a later post.