Learn more about some of the major fiber types!
Linen and hemp can feel rough while first knitting with them, but the more they are washed and handled, the softer they become — kind of like a new stiff flannel shirt that eventually becomes your most prized comfy weekend winter wear.
Linen and hemp have many of the properties of cotton, wicking moisture away from skin quickly, but lacking in durability. However, their fibers make very hearty finished projects that can be machine washed over and over again.
Linen yarn is extremely durable — several times stronger than cotton. And, as with other cellulose fibers, linen has its own internal evaporative cooling system. It is highly absorbent and wicks moisture away from the skin. However, like other cellulose fibers, linen lacks elasticity — it has no spring to it. However, if you want something with beautiful drape and durability, linen is perfect.
- Type of fiber: Cellulose (derived from plant)
- Hand: Excellent drape
- Care: Machine washable and dryable — the more you work with it, the more you abuse it, the more you wash it and wear it, the softer and more lustrous it becomes. It absorbs dye deeply and permanently, resisting fading and keeping a true color through wash after wash.
View all of the linen yarn we have in stock by visiting our Custom Yarn Creator!
Source: The Knitter’s Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn by Clara Parkes