Difference between Worsted and woolen Yarn

Difference between Worsted and woolen Yarn

 

Difference between Worsted and woolen Yarn: A fine smooth yarn spun from combed long-staple wool is called worsted yarn. Woolen or woollen is a category of yarn prepared from carded wool. Woolen yarn is light, soft, stretchy, and full of air. It is thus a good insulator, and makes a good knitting yarn. Woolen yarn is in dissimilarity to worsted yarn, in which the fibers are combed to lie parallel rather than carded, producing a hard, strong yarn.

 

Worsted wool is smoother than woolen, takes shine more easily, doesn’t sag, holds a crease well, is lighter and fewer bulky, and wears longer than woolen. Fine worsted wool is even seen in clothing for athletics. Woolen fabrics have a fuzzy surface and soft feel, little or no shine or sheen, won’t hold a crease, and are heavier and bulkier than worsteds. Scarves, blankets and coating belong to woolen yarns.

 

SR#

Worsted ProcessingWoolen Processing
1Spun from wool fibres of:
Length : longer than 3”
Diameter: fine diameter
Fibres are washed, scoured, carded, combed and drawn

Spun from wool fibres of:
Length : spun from short fibres of 1-3”
Diameter: medium or coarse
The fibres are washed, scoured and carded.

2

Yarn
1. Fine
2. Smooth
3. Even
4. Tighter twist
5. Higher tensile strength

Yarn
1.Bulky
2.Uneven
3.Low to medium slack twist
4.Tensile strength lower than worsted

3

Characteristics
1. Fewer insulators
2. Holds creases and shape
3. More durable than woolens

Characteristics
1. Insulator due to trapped air
2. Does not hold a crease well
3. Less durable than worsted

4

Uses
1. Suits
2. Dresses
3. Gabardines
4. Crepes

Uses
1. Sweater
2. Carpets
3. Tweeds

 

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