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Mohair is made from the hair of the Angora goat. It is used to make a wide range of soft, silk like threads and yarns, which can be used to produce beautiful warm yet light garments and soft furnishings.
It is especially popular with the loyal knitters who have been using mohair yarn for decades to produce the kind of garments you rarely see available in shops. This soft, slightly fluffy yarn makes wonderful scarves, cardigans, dresses and shawls.
Working With and Caring for Mohair
Mohair is a yarn most people enjoy working with, but some novice knitters struggle when knitting with the fluffy versions. Fortunately, there are some completely smooth mohair wools available, which even beginners will enjoy using.
Mohair is ideal for large gauge knitting. It is a strong yarn that keeps its shape despite being so soft and light. However, it is also good for knitting items that require the use of small gauge needles. There are some extremely nice mohair sock yarns available, which make wonderfully light garments.
Blunt needles are probably the best option for those using mohair yarn. This will help to get the tension right, especially when knitting with a fluffy version. Also, it’s worth resisting the temptation to adapt a knitting pattern that is designed for other kinds of wool. Better results will come from buying a pattern that is specifically designed for mohair.
Bear in mind the fact that mohair has to be hand washed when deciding what to knit with it. It only takes a few minutes to hand wash a cardigan once a week, but this may not be ideal for baby clothes.
Here at Black Sheep Wools, we stock a wide range of mohair yarns and are constantly updating our range. We keep the prices as low as we can to ensure as many people as possible get the chance to knit with beautiful mohair yarn.