Learn more about some of the major fiber types!
Mohair yarn is a silk-like fiber, made from the hair of the Angora goat. Mohair fiber is approximately 25–45 microns in diameter. It is one of the oldest textile fibers in use, and is both durable and resilient. It is notable for its high luster and sheen, which has helped give it the nickname the “Diamond Fiber”, and is often used in fiber blends to add these qualities to a textile.
Mohair comes from angora goats, and the US is the second largest producer of mohair fiber. Mohair has many of the same properties as wool — it’s flame retardant, absorbs water without feeling wet, and is soil-resistant. On top of this, mohair is a stronger fiber than wool and usually has a silkier appearance. Like wool, the softness of mohair varies greatly from next-to-the-skin soft to outer-wear only. Unlike wool, mohair has little memory, so knit alone it will create a fabric with lots of drape, but that will tend to stretch out and lose shape over time.
Mohair takes dye exceptionally well. Mohair is warm in winter as it has great insulating properties, while remaining cool in summer due to its moisture wicking properties. It is durable, naturally elastic, flame resistant, crease resistant, and does not felt like regular wool. It is considered to be a luxury fiber, like cashmere, angora and silk, and is usually more expensive than most wool that comes from sheep.
At Yarnia, we carry mohair yarn, which is excellent for knitting. We have the capability to wind multiple strands of this mercerized cotton together to produce a thicker finished yarn, which works wonderfully for knitting and crocheting as well. We sell all of our yarns by the ounce, yard, or pound so you can order exactly the amount you need for your project. You may order using our Custom Yarn Creator, by using the “chat with us” box in the bottom left corner of the screen, or by giving us a call at (503) 939-5338.
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- Type of fiber: Protein (derived from animal)
- Hand: Lofty, fuzzy, lightweight and extremely insulating
- Care: Hand wash gently / lay flat to dry
View all of the mohair yarn we have in stock by visiting our Custom Yarn Creator!