An Introduction To Yarn Fineness – The Harlequin Story

Today we are giving you a view behind the scenes of SKEINO. Our textile designer Bjorn is talking fibres i.e. he explains the development process of SKEINO’s newest product, the harlequin yarn.

in 2010 a soft ultra-fine 10 micron fleece, set a new world record in the fineness of wool fleeces.

Yarn fineness is measured in microns. These cones are about to get hand painted for SKEINO.

Yarn fineness is measured in microns. These cones are about to get hand painted for SKEINO.

Let’s start with some general information about the fineness of fibers: The finest bale of wool ever sold measured 11.6 microns in June, 2008. However in 2010 a soft ultra-fine 10 micron fleece, set a new world record in the fineness of wool fleeces. A micron (micrometer – a millions of a meter) is a measurement used to express the diameter of a wool fiber. The lower the microns, the finer the fibers.

Clear price differentials exist for different fiber diameters.

The fiber diameter is the most important characteristic for all textile fibers. Most wool between 11.5 and 24 microns in fiber diameter is made into clothing. The remainder is used for other textiles such as blankets, insulation and furnishings. Clear price differentials exist for different fiber diameters and in almost all cases the price increases as the diameter decreases.

SKEINO's Harlequin yarn

SKEINO’s Harlequin yarn

In a general sense, the super fine Merino fibers are similar to cashmere. This is why we decided to choose the 19.5 micron fibers for the HARLEQUIN yarn. One ball contains 600 yards of worsted weight single spun yarn, long and random color repeat, 7 oz. (200 grams). While knitting this yarn, you can watch the randomly changing colorway, self striping. As always at SKEINO, patterns are free with your purchase. Click here to take a closer look at our Harlequin yarn: http://www.skeino.com/yarns/harlequin-yarn.html

We hope to have given you some insight to yarn thinness and why Bjorn chose 19.5 microns for our Harlequin yarn. As always please let us know your thoughts or ask us in the comment section section down below.

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