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

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Acrylic is a synthetic fiber made of polyacrylonitrile. Acrylic yarn is widely available in craft stores and can be spun and plied to imitate many natural fibers.

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The alpaca is a member of the same family as llamas and camels. Alpaca fiber is used to make luxury yarns as it is extra soft and warm, yet lightweight.

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

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Bulky yarn is heavier than worsted weight and is knit at a gauge of about 3 stitches per inch. This yarn is sometimes called chunky or rug yarn.

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Cashmere is a warm, lightweight luxury fiber spum from the hair of the cashmere goat. Cashmere is often blended with other fibers such as sheep's wool to create more affordable yarn 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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