When the fall weather hits, all you want to do is crawl up with your blanket, wear a sweater and socks and drink some warm coffee.
But have you ever wondered how sweaters are made? Probably not. But if you are now wondering, the process of making all sweaters begin with yarn. The yarn goes through some processes before it becomes a sweater.
So, are sweaters considered knits? Let's find out
Are All Sweaters Knits?
Sweaters are made by either knitting or crocheting yarn.
Knitting involves interlocking yarn using two long needles to create a fabric. While crocheting is the process of using single crochet needles to make fabric.
So, some sweaters are considered knits while others are not. Sweaters that are considered knits were made using the knitting technique.
How to Knit Sweaters
The commonly used method to make knitted sweaters is called the cut-and-sew method. Knitting is done on the entire length of the needle bed machine. Several layers of fabric are made using this method. The fabric is then cut and sewn into a sweater.
The cut-and-sew method is mainly preferred because you can quickly produce at high rates with minimal wastage,
The panel knitting method is also a standard method for making knit sweaters. Specific areas of the garments called the panel are knitted. The technique allows for threads to be divided without cutting. The panels are then knitted after the separation thread is removed.
you can use knitting to make different sweater silhouettes, including
- Turtle necks. They are perfect for providing extra warmth since they come up to the neck
- crew/round neck. They have circular necklines.
- V-neck. These show some little skin, so you can wear necklaces when you put them on.
- Cardigans. They have open fronts. Many come with buttons, while others have waist ties to close them. Still, others have no closure. Cardigans are great outfits for layering.
- Dusters. These long cardigans reach the thigh, sometimes up to the knee.
- Sweater dresses.
Selecting the Best Materials for Making Knitted Sweaters
The first step in making knitted sweaters is to select a suitable material. Have you ever worn a sweater and felt itchy? Well, the choice of material is what determines how that feels.
The right materials will make the sweater warm and cozy. When burying a sweater, always check the tag inside it to see the kind of material it is made of.
Here are some of the best materials for making sweaters.
1. Cashmere Sweaters
Cashmere is arguably the most luxurious material. Sweaters made from cashmere are cuddly, warm, lightweight, and heavenly.
Cashmere has a luxurious feel because the fabric is made from wool from the soft undercoat of goats bred in the Himalayan regions of Asia.
Cashmere is expensive, so sweaters made from pure cashmere are the real creme de la creme. If you want cashmere, look for cashmere sweater blends; you will still get some luxurious feel.
2. Wool Sweaters
Wool is the most common material for making sweater knits. Most knits available in the Essential Style Boutique are made of wool.
Wool is the perfect fabric for knitting sweaters; it is comfortable, natural, high quality, and long-lasting. When you buy a sweater made of wool, you will enjoy the warm fuzziness for years.
Most wool used to make sweaters are from sheep, alpaca, and angora rabbits. Still, many people prefer Merino sheep’s wool because of its unique features.
- It is not scratchy, so it is comfortable for the skin
- you can wash it in high temperatures of more than 60°C without ruining the wool
- Merino wool is antibacterial, so you do not need to wash it after every wear. What's impressive is that when you air out your sweater, you will notice that the foul odor disappears automatically.
- The wool can keep you warm even when it is damp, so this is perfect to wear even on those rainy days.
- Merino wool is a good insulator that keeps you warm even during cold days.
- If you are worried about sunburn, get a sweater made from merino wool; this fabric offers protection from UVA and UVB radiation to levels of 40 UV factor and even 50+.
- Merino wool is wrinkle-resistant, so ironing your sweater is unnecessary.
3. Cotton Sweaters
You will rarely get sweaters made from cotton. Cotton is mainly used to make sweatshirts, but sometimes you will find lightweight sweaters.
Cotton is more breathable and less insulating, so do not count on cotton to keep you warm. But you can choose to wear it during summer or early fall.
Because they are not warm, cotton sweaters are often worn to accessorize your outfit. The beauty of cotton is that it is not itchy, unlike sweaters made from animal materials.
4. Synthetic Sweaters
Synthetic sweaters are not natural; they are made from chemical or petroleum-based material. Still, they have a place; acrylic, for instance, is strong and warm, so it is used as a perfect base for sweatpants and athletic wear.
Features of Knitted Sweaters
The same materials are used to make sweaters using the knit and crochet methods. Because of this, many people cannot tell the difference between sweaters made using the knit method from those made using the crochet method.
So here are the features of knitted sweaters.
Knit sweaters are lighter. Crochet uses denser stitches to make sweaters, while knitters use lighter stitches, making knit sweaters lightweight.
Knit sweaters have loose textures and smoother surfaces.
Knit sweaters are stretchy and flexible. Knitting creates loops, and because of this, they can stretch in both length and width. Also, this feature makes knitted sweaters confirm your body over time.
Kits are wrinkle-resistant. So you shouldn't worry about ironing your shirts; the knitting creates an elastic fabric that always springs back to its original shape.
Some sweaters are made using the knitting method, while others use the crochet method.
So to answer the question, ‘are sweaters considered knits?’ Well, some sweaters are knits made using the crochet method.