Mohair is grown from the Angora goat (not to be confused with Angora rabbits!). It's a long, silky fibre with high lustre and strength. Mohair-silk yarns are fluffy with an amazing halo. Try holding a strand of mohair together with a strand of 4ply or 8ply wool - it produces a warm, fluffy, luxe fabric.
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Characteristics Of Mohair Yarn
Mohair is a great all season yarn with its insulation properties for keeping you warm in winter as well as being moisture wicking and very lightweight for those summer garments.
Mohair is often blended with other fibres as on its own it can be very delicate. The most common blend is with silk to make beautiful delicate yet strong Silk Mohair yarns.
Benefits of Mohair Yarn
The beautiful delicate halo mohair adds to your knitwear really adds a level of luxury.
Adding a strand of silk mohair can also strengthen other yarns when held together and can even be used along with a 4ply yarn to make fuzzy socks!
Uses of Mohair
Mohair is most common in a 2ply yarn blended with silk. This silk mohair yarn can be knitted on its own to create stunning ethereal wraps and tops but can also be held double or with another yarn to create heavier weight knits with subtle halos. Holding a 4ply yarn along with a strand of silk mohair has become very popular recently to give a yarn similar in tension to an 8ply/DK yarn.
Care of Mohair Yarn
All knits with mohair should be hand washed using a wool wash. We recommend wet blocking with mohair as steam blocking can flatten the delicate halo.
Selecting the right yarn
When selecting yarns it's important to be aware all yarns handle differently and will give varied textures and drape. This is why it's important to knit or crochet a gauge swatch. This allows you to both check the feel of the fabric and the needle size to use (again all knitters have a slightly different tension)
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Is mohair itchy to wear?
Mohair is good for people with sensitive skin, as the wool is not as itchy as standard sheep's wool. The fine fibres can shed as you knit and wear mohair garments which can cause irritation and sneezing.
What animal is mohair from?
Mohair is grown from the Angora goat (not to be confused with Angora rabbits!). It's a long, silky fibre with high lustre and strength.
What are the disadvantages of mohair?
The major drawback of mohair yarn is that it is a fuzzy yarn that has a tendency to shed which can cause irritation and sneezing.
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