When you’re starting out, you may gauge the softness of wool by squeezing the ball or skein when you’re at your local yarn store. Unlike other wool fibers, Merino wool is very fine and thin. I just finished a gorgeous sweater in Rios and after washing and blocking it is much larger than expected. The wool is non Superwash. Superwash Merino wool is a wool yarn that is machine washable and dry-able (at certain weights) and much less rough feeling than traditional Merino and other, thicker, wools. This is partly due to the demand from their customers and friends. The defensive line is not as structurally sound. It combines both the fineness and the micron diameter. But even with seemingly soft animal fibers I can have problems. If you are creating a pattern that requires some degree of natural felting, such as for steeks, a very soft yarn may not be the best option. But I don’t like the softness. Thank you. I have heard people complain that cotton is stiff or hurts their hands, but the ones I’ve used don’t really bother me. Superwash yarn feels delightful; it’s smooth and supple. Trying to decide if that is a big mistake. After reading this article, I feel like I need to get rid of all my yarn, everything is Superwash! You may have more luck with baby alpaca (suri) than just “alpaca”. What do you look for if you don’t want yarn to pill? 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. Wool that is on a sheep has an oily coating called lanolin, which acts as a natural water repellent and softener. (Also, camel! Keep up with her exploits at jillianmoreno.com. From shawls and scarves to lightweight sweaters, this family-friendly yarn … Plymouth Yarn Worsted Merino 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! First, try yarns made with Merino wool, particularly fine and ultra-fine. Wool Allergies . Irritating. but it is plasticated! I only made a shawl and it doesn’t pill but it’s not like a sweater that we wear all the time and there’s friction. Sign up now to receive 10% off your next order in the MDK Shop! This approach may not work for all with critter allergies or sensitivities but I am ever so happy it works for me. Most knitters who are not allergic or sensitive to wool love using that natural fiber for warmth, springiness, and great wearing in … Superwash yarns (mainly merino, but other superwash yarns, too) have properties that make a knitted fabric that is a little different from their non-superwash sisters. Specially the hats I don’t wet block because I don’t want them to get huge. I’ve heard of acrylic squeaking, but not superwash yarn, ever. I think the quality of the yarn can make a big difference in the feel and look of a final product. The sensitive skin around your neck may not tolerate scratchier wools, but your arms and forehead may do just fine with a rugged Shetland sweater or hat. Imagine a game of Red Rover where the defending team stands shoulder to shoulder, but doesn’t hold hands. Even if science eventually determines that a wool allergy is not actually an allergy, that doesn’t mean that wool will magically feel smooth and nice to some people. Take another look at the electron microscope picture from above. What do these yarns look like when used in a crochet? But then, so will untreated wool. Many people erroneously think that they simply cannot wear knitted garments, but it might actually be the type of fiber or how the yarn was processed that affects them. Merino wool is the finest fiber, with a diameter of 10-15 microns, and many consider it to be the softest. Even though most are machine dry, they often last longer if they are dried on a line (or laid flat to dry). If you are looking for a cable that stands at attention, superwash yarns can be a little, um, flaccid. Sigh. If you find it’s itchy, you might be having an issue with the staple length and you would need to find a longer staple yarn.” 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. I was thinking to switch to malabrigo worsted because it is not superwash but I heard that it pills a lot. FK is a mostly self-taught knitter who has opinions on things. A single facility was built for the superwash process to ensure military requirements are met. I am looking forward to more info on how the “de-scaling” is achieved. It would be great if you would publish an article on how to block/resize superwash. Depends on the brand, & the superwash process used, but generally speaking yes, superwash yarns do need to go through a warm dryer. 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. Yes…more please on what superwashed yarns are treated in the US with healthier chemicals. Your hands are much less sensitive than other parts of your body that may be covered in this finished garment, so they are not the best judge of texture or itchiness. So if it’s so soft, why don’t we all just knit with 100% Merino all the time? I now need a secluded cat free area for blocking!! I use crochet thread sometimes to support heavier yarns. SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Worsted **POWER BOOST - 100%** This machine-washable worsted weight yarn is a workhorse and suitable for just about everything. I also worry about the enviromental impact – though some company’s use “eco methods” (though I don’t know enough about the process to feel confident about it). I’m not sure if wearing it next to my bare back/stomach would cause a flare up. I really want and have wanted to knit with non-superwash wool for years now, but what has stopped me are the colours. A process called “scouring” removes some but not all of this waxy coating before the wool is made into yarn. Might you share just what the process is that removes the yarns scales? I have no other explanation for why something would feel soft in hand, but be unwearable on my neck or back. Baring that, however, there are simple measures that might alleviate itching and enable a person to wear wool. 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. It may be coated, but it still is a protein fiber at heart and retains many of the inherent properties of protein fibers. Not all wool yarn is itchy. 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. Silk is another animal-produced fiber, though it has a distinctive look and does not have the same heat-retaining properties. When it’s knit looser than suggested gauge it really doesn’t hold the shape of the stitches well, dry or wet. I struggle with deciding to knit with superwash. I love malabrigo and I don’t want to stop knitting with it. I knit furiously, meaning that I am a fast and prolific knitter and that I swear loudly every time I drop a stitch. Coarser wools - aran /icelandic type stuff makes lovely outer wear -warm and weather proof but not next to the skin. The young sheep provide soft, fine wool that makes for great clothing and home items. Sweaters with superwash are a recipe for disaster and disappointment. You can often find her on the couch, eating snacks and knitting furiously (in both senses of the word). I also seem to have trouble with alpaca. And don’t discount cottons. This is such a good article! But I want to knit another one and I want to be sure that I’ll have the right size. I’m very pleased with the results, but I will only be wearing the cardigan over a shirt. Due to the coating and/or removal of scales, superwash wool can feel smoother or softer than other yarns. Cutaneous irritation from wool relates to high fibre diameters (≥ 30-32 µm). I am terribly allergic to non-superwashed wool. Therefore, our wool undergoes an enzyme treatment to remove any itchy hairs from the wool fibres. I was wondering the same… Gonna have to get myself some and find out…. The insides of my wrists are relatively sensitive, so I put back any yarn that I absolutely can’t stand the feel of in that area. Although we don’t use Superwash, we still want to achieve a soft quality. Oh it’s funny! So informative. I’ll just have to throw it in the machine and not treat it like he heirloom I was hoping. I now know to avoid Superwashed wool when structure is important (not much of an issue since I mostly do socks). Great info! I’ve never liked superwash and only use it for gifted baby things. Loosely spun yarn will pill, regardless of fiber. A recent review of various literature from the past hundred years found that the wool fiber itself does not cause allergic reactions, just irritation. I haven’t been able to find out much about the processes used though. It’s the Superwash! For reference, Merino clocks in between 60 and 90, and the vast majority of wool has a count between 40 and 60. And I love knitting for them, but boy I don’t enjoy the feel of superwash yarns. Have you noticed that superwash yarns are grand and glorious, but they don’t really act the same as non-superwash yarns? Now, I am a yarn snob and want to use wool exclusively. I’ve spun wool, starting right from the sheep, and the lanolin makes my hands soft; they don’t break out. This method of testing seems like a lot of hassle, but just imagine how much worse it is to buy all the yarn, knit the entire sweater, and then hate how it feels. They are twisted around each other, but not locked together. Hi! I crochet. Instead of swearing off knitted items for good, learn about the factors that contribute to the dreaded itchiness. These fibers simply are not as strong and durable as yarns made from thicker, coarser ones. The factor that most contributes to itchiness is the diameter of the wool strand. That said, the colors are so bright and alluring! ? I was confused and just continued. It will instantly soften whatever it’s blended with, as well. Someone told me it was because it was washable wool but I didn’t quite believe it until now! You can definitely be allergic any any animal proteins. While it was blocking my cat pulled two very long strands out from the front panel. 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. It also reduces pilliness. BTW…can’t get Anny Blatt in Australia any more…. However if the garment is likely to be machine-washed (mainly for babies and children with very busy parents), I use a yarn that will stand up reasonably to the process, either Superwash wool, cotton or a mixture like Baby Bamboo. ), link to How to Knit an Actually Stretchy Cast-on, recent review of various literature from the past hundred years, any chemicals for processing or added fragrance, “leftovers” in wool that was minimally processed, such as bits of hay, twigs, or pollen. And you have options! There are some interesting fibers out there made of things like soy and milk. Over the years I have hand washed and machine washed these (on warm gentle cycle) and they still look and feel fabulous! It slumps on the body. By selecting high grade Merino wool (20.5 microns), we have been able to produce a machine washable yarn that is super soft - definitely worthy of being worn against a baby's skin. Should I use Superwash, wool blend, cotton? Like you, Maureen, I only knit with superwash yarns when making garments for our grands. A tighter spin, like in the other 2 yarns, makes up for some if the properties that superwash can be lacking in. The colour, lovely in the skein, just doesn’t satisfy me knitted up. The worst thing you can knit is the item that you won’t wear. The list goes on!) That’s easy: washability (duh), softness and color. What makes superwash yarns both super and washable is the removal and/or suppression of the tiny scales that cover each individual fiber. For the most part I have never had family or friends who knit (online has been an all time bonus! Not all wools are the same Under this process, there is no need to coat the yarn with resin. Does Merino wool itch? It does become very soft though but I usually knit with it for that drape. I wear it anyway even if it was more beautiful before. Merino and those breeds that have a lot of merino in their breeding are my go-to for spinning and yarn buying. They also work just fine for mitts & hats as long as you pay attention to your gauge. The takeaway: Come for the color and softness, but arm yourself with a little knowledge about how this yarn likes to be knit. Jill thank you for a great lesson. Autocorrected! Is it soft or rough, stiff or drapey? I'm the Furious Knitter (FK), and I write KNIT FURIOUSLY to share what I've learned from over 15 years of knitting. Love this environmently friendly wash cloth idea. 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. My favorite yarns are both superwash: malabrigo Rios and malabrigo chunky. Characteristics of wool also vary greatly among breeds. To Be or Not To Be a Hypocrite: American Superwash Wool https://www.pigeonroofstudios.com/from-the-studio/2017/9/5/superwash Maybe your “local shepherdess” ought to learn something about her industry before she mouths off. Then I washed it and VOILA it stretched to the pattern! There are the very occasional stiff hairs, but those are easy to pull away as you knit. But there is something so nice about throwing it in wash and dryer. My biggest complaint about the fibers I can use is that they tend not to have much spring in them. Raíz by Amores Yarn Studio is dyed just for us in a palette of harmonious contrasts. While sheep’s wool is notorious for its potential itchiness, lambswool is generally softer and less likely to cause skin irritation. I am going to frog back beyond the pockets and redo shorter, then if it stretches it won’t matter. Additionally, where you wear the fiber affects the perceived itchiness. Unsurprisingly, the hairs are finer. It’s one of the few wool yarns I could wear next to my neck. The Myth of the Lanolin Allergy. I am a crocheter. I think for those of us who mostly buy online, that’s especially potent — it’s hard to appreciate subtle colors online. If you have a wool allergy, or specifically a lanolin allergy, this may be true for you. Due to the coating and/or removal of scales, superwash wool can feel smoother or softer than other yarns. If you have torn off the offending garment in protest and noticed a rash or red skin, it is most likely due to your skin being irritated by the coarse fibers, not an allergy (Zallmann et al., 2017). So far, I have used superwash because minus scales I seem to be okay. And yes, dearies, there is always silk, and then linen, bamboo, cotton, hemp and other scrumptious fibers. It’s easy to see why people feel allergic to wool. I get inchiness rashes, hives, sore throat, coughing and wheezing. Lambswool is a multi-purpose natural fiber that is a favorite among knitters and spinners. I use the dryer and find it shapes back up. That cabled swatch is also flat and limp because that particular yarn is not spun tightly. I’m talking less about sock yarns and sock knitting, and more about using superwash yarns for knitting garments or accessories. I had to laugh when you said you must ‘cleanse your palate’ with real wool, because I am the same way! Luckily it is flat stockinette and I can shave those pills off. But according to an msnbc.com article, a new wool processing technique claims to eliminate the itch factor. Plastic is now believed to be in our water cycle. There’s going to be a follow-up article apparently. Color is always what always brings me to superwash yarn. I’m surprised because it grows a lot! Superwash yarns, especially superwash merino, are some of the most loved yarns in the knitting world.  They are as seductive as an ice cream van jingling its song up your street on a hot day. Any comments about this? Instead, you want to look for yarns that are made with finer fibers that don’t irritate the skin. Yak! 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, https://www.pigeonroofstudios.com/from-the-studio/2017/9/5/superwash. No one will be surprised that my gauge is different with superwash yarn. We commonly wear merino shirts as daily pieces, but they’re also our articles of choice for long-distance activities like backpacking or marathon running. “coat the yarn to smooth it” isn’t fully addressed. I guess the merino puzzle in my case may be because allergies mean I’m very sensitive to generally itchy fibres (mohair, alpaca with long guard hairs, even my own hair) as well as allergic to specific fibres if I inhale them or they get into my skin. Pictured above are three superwash merino yarns, from the top: Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Sock (shade: Hampden), Malabrigo Rios (shade: Apple Green), and Fiberstory Core Bulky (shade: Flutter). Thank you! And it’s slippery somehow; installing the zipper was a nightmare. There are many wonderful things about superwash merino wool but it wouldn’t be fair to tout its benefits without sharing its drawbacks. Worsted Merino Superwash: 1—100g skein EACH for the Hat or Mitts color 56 Aquamarine Gauge: 20 sts, 28 rows = 4” in st st on US Size 7 (4.5mm) after blocking, 12 sts= 1 ¾â€ in Cable Pattern on US Size 7 (4.5mm) after blocking. Bamboo also. 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. Please let us know about them. Stay tuned for more info on superwash than could fit in this article, which focuses on how these yarns behave. Had NO clue at the time as to why. Now, I am new to blocking and try to do it right but I now have a sweater I can’t wear. But it does smooth off the scales on the outer surface of the hair. 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. Same here. Thank you for this insight into super wash wool. 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. Items made of softer yarns will pill and wear out quickly, so consider how durable and long-lasting you want your finished item to be when picking yarn. Are there other great fibers that would work for me besides wearing a turtleneck under all my projects? I’ve seen knitters blame themselves for superwash knitting that goes a little awry, but as I always say: it’s not you; it’s the yarn. I know my stash is stuffed with colorful superwash yarns of all sizes. These days, pretty much anything I knit will pill and I have used a great variety of brands including chain yarn. But it’s not scratchy like regular wool, either. These articles are fascinating; opening up a new world of knowledge for me. My next sweater is going to have colorwork and all three skeins are superwash. A soft, undercoat-like fiber is wonderful, but I feel every little guard hair that’s gotten caught in there, and they make me break out. It brings a languid drape to your shawl, like reading and swinging in a hammock on a summer afternoon. If you are a lace knitter, particularly with a penchant for lace shawls, the smooth heaviness of superwash gives your piece swing. Now I know not to block like I would other yarn. This is what gives wool it's itchy feel and it's remarkable ability to shed water, body oils, etc. It’s coated with plastic. I made a second sweater “Roger”, but this time a little tighter tension and have not blocked yet. You are not limited to just sheep’s wool when knitting; there are many fibers out there. ), but the recipients would not appreciate hand was or dry clean gifts. Isn’t there a test you can do with yarn samples that will identify plastic coatings on yarn, a burn test? Thank you for the info on the coating process. Not cashmere, soft as it is, not bunny. Do you have any experience making garments with this yarn? Again, making it a great option for conveniences’ sake. New York, NY: Touchstone. When you're knitting something that needs to stretch, you need the right stretchy cast-on to match. Why do we love them so much? However, some of the softest yarns on the market these days are wool yarns and wool blends. For me this shows up most when superwash yarns are wet. I do not care about washability, but it is more likely to be next to skin soft. Here 8n Australia you can buy merino undergarments. — And you WILL block it, right? I’ve learned to be extra careful wet blocking superwash garments, and I expect them to take a little longer to dry because of the density of the yarn. Mechanical? Supposedly the manufacturing process is kinder to the environment. It is also why regular wool is not considered to be hypoallergenic while alpaca wool is considered to be hypoallergenic. And another thing: odors stay in the fabric untill they’re washed – with non-superwash it’s enough to air the garment. I, like many others who commented, prefer non-superwash outside of sock knitting and gifts for people who won’t hand wash. Great article. The original poster brought up the extremely useful point that you should not waste your time knitting wool garments for people who think wool is too itchy. You live and learn. I think O-Wool is one of them . It has the outer "scales" removed and is pretty itch free. Superwash wool is a special wool product that has been treated or processed in a way that allows it to be machine washable. 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. I was shocked the first time I felt the Jamieson’s of Shetland Spindrift yarn, which is used for iconic Fairisle sweaters. In this case, my go-to method for a quick test is to rub the yarn against an area of delicate skin. I have had eczema all of my life, and one of my triggers is definitely guard hairs (not sure what they’re called with fiber animals, but that’s what they are on dogs!). Superwash wool is still a popular choice for those who like to hand-dye yarns. And of course there are many alternatives to wool too. (And, as a plant comparison, linen is a general no-no for me for the same reason. No reaction. It feels heavy for merino yarn, but it’s a languorous heft. I haven’t distinguished between Superwash and other wool when making sweaters for my partner. I think your confusion is merited, but what is not commonly understood is that not everyone who has a problem with wool is reacting to the lanolin (or chemicals used on commercial wool). This worsted weight yarn is incredibly soft, a great choice for everything from afghans to baby projects, and comes in a wide range of fabulous colors, including shades specially chosen by author, designer, instructor and D.I.Y. I can now fully absolve myself from blame for the sagging mess of a hooded vest I made years ago. (Also, buying an extra skein of yarn to test with gauge swatching is never a bad idea.) As one reader said “some of us are allergic to wool or have super sensitive skin and merino wool is itchy.” Another reader added how “Merino is a short staple wool. Thicker strands feel itchier and coarser. Kligman, Albert M. (2007). The cable swatch in the photo is knit with bulky yarn, with many plies, at the gauge suggested by the ballband. And, of course, blends of all these fibers can tone down the itchiness of 100% wool. This is why you often see Merino wool used in infant and baby clothing. I’ll never use it for a sweater again. Try to find projects that were made with the type of yarn you’ll be using (or similar). 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. The Bradford system is a traditional but “hand-wavy” index to indicate the quality of wool. It balances softness with strength and has a beautiful luster. Luckily, that wasn’t my only experience with wool clothing. Look for superwash wool. Yeah, superwash yarn is weird. I have heard recently that some people in the U.S. are making it using less toxic methods. When the fibers are shorter, or if wool has a wider fiber length, it will cause an itchy feeling. A quick trip through the dryer (warm/permapress setting) in a lingerie bag, but along with other regular laundry, & the Rios snapped back to its originally knitted size. The lack of elasticity allows your block to hold all of those YOs open. This site also participates in other affiliate programs and is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies. I can run a skein of wool across my neck and red blotches/itching begin. Ahhh, allergy. So it is gonna get saggy and smelly. Some knitters find that their sensitive skin can tolerate alpaca, angora, and cashmere. My daughter and son-in-law are both too busy to be handwashing garments, but they ALL love it when I knit for them. But with a bit of a dull knit, variegated thread adds spark. As one who uses superwash for a lot of gifts, I have knitted a lot of samples (my word for swatch) to look at the colors and patterns. inches after wet blocking. The bra test saved me from spending over $100 on Icelandic yarn that I saw online; it was way too scratchy for me. If the yarn were not superwash it would have almost no bend, instead it hangs there like Droopy Dog. Wear it for a few hours and see if you can tolerate the feeling of it close to an area of sensitive skin. All about Knitting Needle Sizes (Hooray!). Plymouth Yarn Worsted Merino Superwash Yarn - Worsted Merino Superwash from Plymouth is a fabulous yarn. Thanks Jillian. Also, it seems to pill more. It’s a great approximation of what wearing a sweater made from that yarn would feel like! Only 3 available and it's in 2 people's carts. But choice is useful. What is the best option? Are there other great fibers that would work for me besides wearing a turtleneck under all my projects? Do superwash yarns pill any differently than regular wool? One good thing, my LYS (Stars Hollow in New Preston, CT) has some superwash that is minimally processed and not coated in plastic. This website (knitfuriously.com) is owned and operated by the Furious Knitter (FK) and is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. I have to go down a needle size to get the same gauge I get with a similar sized non-superwash yarn that knits to the same gauge. The breed of sheep, as well as living conditions, diet, and age, etc., all contribute to the diameter of the fibers in the fleece and therefore, its itchiness. So they may be better for accessories than a hard-wearing sweater. I don’t use wool for things I knit for my grandchildren due to allergic-type reactions + the machine-washing issue, but have never used superwash because I’d read about the non-elastic problem and the stretching. Superwash yarns remind me of my neighbor’s cat: beautiful, and when you pet her in exactly the right place she happily purrs. Pilling has more to do with how tightly a yarn is spun, rather than superwash treatment. Thread did not seem to change the gauge, but supported the weight. It doesn’t stretch out any more than any other type of wool yarn as long as you knit it to the proper gauge. But the bad news: wool can be prickly. Unless it’s treated to be superwash. They give wonderful drape, but the look of the quintessential snuggly woolen sweater still eludes me. I usually knit my scarves a little bit shorter because after blocking it becomes longer. The knee-jerk reaction to wool can be a reminder of all things itchy, scratchy, uncomfortable, and too warm. You have the warmth of wool, plenty of yardage and the added benefit of machine washability! Love this article! The Principles of Knitting. And of course knitting means you can frequently recognize them — they stick out from the twist, right? 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