What is Worsted Wool?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

Worsted wool is a versatile compact yarn that is used in the creation of a number of different types of garments. While many forms of wool require that the fiber undergo a spinning process, this type is produced slightly differently. Rather than going directly into a spinning process, the wool is first combed in a carding process to remove any short and brittle fibers. This leaves only the longer strands of the fiber to undergo the spinning process, producing a smooth yarn that has a high durability.

Worsted wool may be used to make pleated skirts for women.
Worsted wool may be used to make pleated skirts for women.

Owing to the strength of wool that undergoes the worsting process, the fibers can be woven into a finer material that is more wrinkle resistant than many other fabric choices. This makes this smooth fabric an ideal choice for garments that need to hold their shape, and perhaps not only be wrinkle-free but also hold an even crease as well. Over the years, worsted wool has been a popular choice for men’s trousers, pleated skirts for women, and both men’s suits and sport jackets. Because it is so durable, it wears very well and also drapes easily, making it an ideal fabric for all sorts of garments.

Due to its durability, worsted wool has been a popular choice for men's suits and jackets.
Due to its durability, worsted wool has been a popular choice for men's suits and jackets.

While office wear is often made of worsted wool, the material has begun to make an impact on casual wear as well. It's often used for men’s jackets that are geared for wear with slacks or jeans. This fabric is also often used to create vests and other types of garments that are worn as part of a layered look for both men and women. The ability of the wool to look new even after several dry cleanings ensures that the garments are likely to be out of style before they actually wear out.

Wool is shorn from sheep.
Wool is shorn from sheep.

Many men prefer a tuxedo that is cut from material made with this wool as well. As a garment that is worn on very special occasions, it is important to maintain a highly polished appearance. It can easily take a man through a long evening celebration, resisting the wear and tear that would result in multiple wrinkles and perhaps some loss of shape during the course of the event. It is because the fabric can look as fresh and polished at the end of an evening out as it did at the beginning that many men refuse to wear formal wear that is produced from any other type of material.

Worsted wool can be used in a wide variety of of knitting projects.
Worsted wool can be used in a wide variety of of knitting projects.
Worsted wool may be used to make trousers.
Worsted wool may be used to make trousers.
Worsted wool is sometimes used to make jackets.
Worsted wool is sometimes used to make jackets.
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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anon967735

Merino woolen garments? Would that be an example?

anon251018

Can 100 percent cashmere be worsted wool?

anon177438

It's a little coarser to the touch than regular

nice wool, right?

anon13992

Worsted weight knitting wool is a misnomer as the term worsted in this case refers only to the density of the yarn. It has become common for woolen knitting yarns to be inaccurately described as such.

mdt

Worsted knitting wool is a type of worsted knitting yard that is sold in skeins, rather than made into a garment or sheet of fabric. The long fibers that make up worsted knitting yarn are usually wound a little tighter than other types of yarn.

anon11332

SO what is worsted knitting wool please????

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