Knitting from mohair. The finest wool of the finest wool
Mohair - in the very sound of this Turkish word,meaning "the best goat hair" or, more simply, the wool of Angora goats, determines the essence of this magnificent material, its softness, fluffiness and tenderness. For many years, Turkey was the only supplier of mohair fiber to the markets of Europe and America, it was her exclusive right to breed Angora goats. The wool of these wonderful goats is really gorgeous. Subtle and gentle, extremely fluffy and warm, it falls from the goat backs and sides with long twenty-five-centimetric shiny strands.
The quality and value of mohair is determined by agethe animal from which he is sheared. The most delicate and delicate mohair (Kid Mohair) is sheared with young kids, whose age did not reach half a year. The thicker but extremely soft mohair (Goating Mohair) gets after the second shearing of goats that have reached the age of two, finally, the most durable and thick fiber (Adult Mohair) is obtained from the wool of adult goats. The properties of natural mohair wool are amazing. It is strong, fluffy, has medicinal properties, it can repel moisture, warm it in frost and cool it in the heat, in short, it is, without exaggeration, the best wool for spinning and knitting. The great qualities of mohair fiber make it very expensive, so often mohair is mixed with other types of wool or artificial materials, which reduces its cost price, but also reduces the quality of the yarn. On sale are often coiled mohair, in the filament of which 50% sheep wool or acrylic, and 50% - mohair. In addition, under the brand name "mohair" it is often possible to find hanks solely from synthetic threads.
Knitting from Mohair
Knitting from mohair is very enjoyable. The beauty of the thread, its long thin and shiny hairs give the knitted cloth an amazing appeal. For knitting, thick knitting needles or hooks are often used, then the fabric structure is more thin and light, and due to the fact that the mohair yarn nap is long, the fabric itself leaves smooth, uniform and warm.
From the mohair thread you can knit everything, anything -sweaters, dresses, coats, berets and hats, mittens and scarves. Knitting from mohair can be the simplest weaving, even from a combination of front and back loops, because the thread itself is very beautiful and does not "require" complex patterns. Very beautifully obtained from mohair yarn, various braids and simple fudge. When choosing a model for knitting, you should pay attention to its style. The fineness, light transparency and ductility of the mohair cloth are superbly played in volumetric models with falling lines, additional voluminous details, for example, a large collar, bow or scarf, pleats and frills.
Knitting patterns of mohair with an elastic band on the hips orThe waist should start with thin knitting needles. The elastic at the bottom of the product or on the cuffs, bound from the mohair, often stretches, loses its elasticity, so the whole product acquires a stretched, shapeless appearance. If you connect the elastic band on the cuffs and at the bottom of the blouse with very thin knitting needles (you can add a thin cotton or woolen thread), it will remain firm and dense, even with prolonged wear. This should be taken into account when knitting mittens, caps and berets with a tight rim.
Excellent knitting from a thin mohairvery thick knitting needles. Just facial and purl loops create an openwork pattern, the canvas turns transparent with a thin haze created by the long and gentle pile of the angora. Particularly exquisite are three-dimensional transparent capes and tunics, long jackets and cardigans, as well as delicate shawls and stoles, connected from a thin mohair thread with very thick knitting needles or crochet.
For knitting blouses and jackets is better to chooseMohair yarn with a large content of Angora wool. The more quality wool in the composition of the knitting thread, the warmer, softer and softer will the product. For scarves and hats, a mixture of yarn with a synthetic thread or the addition of sheep wool is quite suitable. Such a thread holds a better shape, more dense, elastic and taut.
Knitting from a mohair is a very common kind of needlework. Find a lot of models with a detailed description of the work can be on the Internet at knitting sites, as well as in numerous magazines on needlework.