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Types of yarn are defined by fiber content, by texture, and by weight.

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Worsted-weight yarn is the most commonly used in the United States. This yarn is used for afghans, winter sweaters, and many other items. Most knitters use this yarn at a gauge of 4 to 5 stitches per ...

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Fingering yarn is lightweight yarn also called sock yarn. These yarns are typically knit at a gauge of 7 to 9 stitches per inch.

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Boucle yarn has both thick and thin areas. When knit, it creates a textured fabric with a rough surface.

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Angora fibers come from the angora rabbit, a long-haired breed of rabbit. The fibers are short and produce a fuzzy "halo" when knit.

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Sport yarn is heavier than fingering and lighter than worsted. It is generally knit at about 6 stitches per inch.

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Mohair fiber comes from the angora goat. Mohair yarn has a thin core surrounded by long, fuzzy fibers. It is a popular choice for lace knitting. It may also be blended with sheep's wool for ...

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Cotton fiber comes from the boll of the cotton plant. Cotton yarn is less elastic than yarn from animal fibers, e.g. wool. Cotton thread is also used for lace knitting.

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