Cashmere yarn is an incredibly soft and luxurious option. It’s also especially warm and an excellent choice for cold weather garments. A wool and cashmere blend yarn is the best of both worlds - you’ll get the strength of wool combined with the delicate softness and insulating properties of cashmere.
Because cashmere is so soft, it’s normally blended with other fibres for hand-knitting. A common blend is a combination of merino wool, nylon and cashmere. This highlights the softness of the cashmere while utilising the benefits of the merino and the nylon. A common blend you will see is about 90% wool 10% cashmere.
Where does cashmere yarn come from?
Cashmere yarn comes from either cashmere or pashmina goats. The soft undercoat of the goats is used to make textiles such as fabrics or yarns. The goats are sheared like sheep to get the fibre, but in some cases the soft undercoat is removed with a coarse brush when the goats are naturally shedding their winter coats in the spring. Baby cashmere comes from young goats and is thought to be extra soft. Just like when shearing sheep, the fibre can be obtained without harming the goats.
What to knit with cashmere yarn
Because of its softness and warmth, cashmere is a great choice for garments that will sit directly against the skin. A 4-ply cashmere yarn is perfect for lightweight garments such as tops or jumpers. Meanwhile, a cashmere DK yarn is great for extra warm items, such as house socks, mittens, hats and scarves.
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