Sweater Materials & Difference Between Sweaters, Sweatshirts, and Knitwear

Sweater Materials & Difference Between Sweaters, Sweatshirts, and Knitwear

When winter comes, people love warm outfits. When talking about warm outfits for the cold weather, sweaters are essential, however, some questions are coming up – what are the good materials for sweaters? What’s the difference between sweaters, sweatshirts, and knitwear? Today, Aungwinter, a highly reputable and specialized custom winter sweater supplier founded in 1998, will show its answers to all these questions. So, are you ready to go with Aungwinter now?


What are the nice materials for sweaters?

Here are 6 materials that are very nice to make sweaters.

materials for sweaters


1.      Wool fabric

Wool is a fabric made from natural animal hair, which is great for stretching, wicking sweat, and keeping you warm. Wool fabric is quite soft and gentle, so outfits made of wool can be worn directly by touching the skin. Wool fabric is the most common fabric used to make outfits in the fall and winter seasons, from knitwear to coats, wool fabric holds up the fall and winter styles.


2.      Merino Wool

Merino wool is made from the hair of merino sheep, which is thin and soft. The merino sheep hair is premium and high production. What’s more, the merino sheep’s hair is thinner than the general sheep’s hair, so the outfits made of merino wool are thinner, but the ability to keep warm is no less than ordinary wool. In addition, merino wool is the closest to cashmere. Due to its features – skin-friendly, warm, soft, and cost-effective, its production is higher than cashmere.


3.       Cashmere

Cashmere is different from wool fabric because cashmere and wool fabric come from different types of sheep. Wool fabric from sheep, cashmere from goats. Usually, one sheep can produce 6,000 to 7,000 grams of wool fabric, but one goat can only produce 100 to 150 grams of cashmere. The reason is that the way to gather cashmere is much more complex, so the production of cashmere is pretty low. Therefore, the price of cashmere is more expensive than the price of wool fabric, but the comfort of cashmere is much cozier than wool fabric. What’s more, cashmere is 8 times warmer than wool and weighs only 1/5 as much, making it the best material for winter outfits. However, cashmere is vulnerable and the durability of cashmere is lesser than wool fabric.


4.      Acrylic fabric

Acrylic fabric is a synthetic fabric. Generally, more than 85% acrylonitrile combined with copolymers of the second and third monomers, processed wet spinning or dry spinning to make synthetic fabrics. Acrylic fabric can be blended with cotton or wool fabric. When blended with wool fabric, the touch feeling is as cozy and soft as wool fabric. What’s more, acrylic fabric cannot be attacked by insects or mold, and it is less prone to pilling. Therefore, acrylic fabric sweaters are quite cheap and there are various styles to choose from. Wearing an acrylic sweater won’t sting your skin and it’s skin-friendly, but acrylic fabric is not as warm as wool and doesn’t feel as soft as wool fabric.


5.      Nylon fabric

Nylon fabric is generally used in the form of long fibers, and it’s relatively poor in keeping warm. Nylon in the commonly used synthetic fibers in strength is the best, the rebound is also the best (after spandex), and its moisture absorption in synthetic fibers is the closest to natural fibers. So, it is not easy to wrinkle, smooth, and comfortable to wear.


6.      Mohair

Made from Angolan goat hair, mohair has a wavy texture and is famous for its softness, brightness, and ease of dying. Mohair is lightweight yet fluffy, with an exclusive luster, plus natural sagging, softness, and fullness.


Sweaters, Sweatshirts, and Knitwear

The Difference Between Sweaters, Sweatshirts, and Knitwear

1.      Materials

  • Sweaters: Sweaters are usually made with animal hair, such as wool fabric, rabbit hair, camel hair, etc. All of these fabrics are soft, cozy, and great for keeping warm.
  • Sweatshirts: Usually, made with synthetic fabrics, such as cotton, polyester, etc. These synthetic fabrics are wear-resistant, durable, and easy to clean.
  • Knitwear: Commonly, knitwear is made with different yarns that are soft, breathable, and great for keeping warm.


2.      Appearance & Style

  • Sweater: The styles and designs of sweaters are quite various, and there are different types of necklines, cuffs, and hems. At the same time, the materials of sweaters are soft, cozy, and great for keeping warm, so, sweaters are suitable to wear in the autumn and winter seasons.
  • Sweatshirt: In general, the common style of sweatshirts is quite loose, and there are 2 types: with a hoodie or without a hoodie. And the fabrics are thick, so sweatshirts are suitable to wear in spring and fall.
  • Knitwear: The style of knitwear is close-fitting and the fabrics of knitwear are quite soft and great for keeping warm, which is suitable to wear in winter.


3.      Suitable Occasions

  • Sweater: Suitable for formal occasions, such as business conferences, dinner parties, etc.
  • Sweatshirt: Suitable for daily wear and casual occasions, such as hanging on the street, dating, etc.
  • Knitwear: Suitable for cold weather, such as the cold winter season.


4.      Caring

  • Sweaters: Need professional detergent and conditioner for washing and care. Otherwise, it’s very easy to shrink, deform, and pill.
  • Sweatshirt: It’s fairly easy to wash and care for – wash with regular detergent.
  • Knitwear: Requires professional detergent and conditioner for washing and care. Otherwise, it’s very prone to shrinkage, deforming, and pilling.


How to wash a sweater

How to wash a sweater?

1.      Wash by Hands

First, turn the sweater inside out and soak it in warm water with fully dissolved detergent for 5 minutes. Then slowly squeeze the sweater until it is soaked, please do not rub. Rinse with lukewarm water, then cold water. Cover the washed sweater with a dry towel and roll it up to absorb excess water from the towel. Finally, lay the sweater flat to dry, it is best to choose a good quality drying basket to avoid falling and cause the waist and sleeve elongation caused by clothing deformation.


2.      Machine Wash

Place the sweater in a laundry bag and then put it in the washing machine to wash, using the sweater’s special equipment or gentle wash mode. Sweaters should be kept out of the tumble dryer as much as possible and, if necessary, limited to 30 seconds to 1 minute. If you are using the washing machine only to dry the sweater, it is best to wrap the sweater in a cloth before placing it in the dryer.


3.      Dry Wash

If the sweater is very valuable and the label indicates that it should be dry cleaned, take it to a dry cleaner.

Note that different sweater materials and brands may require different washing methods and precautions. Before washing your sweater, check the garment care label and follow the instructions on the label. Also, choose appropriate detergents and fabric softeners, and avoid harsh chemicals such as bleach. Avoid direct sunlight while drying to prevent color fading and shrinkage.


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In the end

We hope all we share above can help you better know about the materials of sweaters, and the difference between sweaters, sweatshirts, and knitwear, even how to wash a sweater.


If you don’t have any idea about your winter sweater yet, you can go and browse various winter warm sweaters from Aungwinter. There will be something that can surprise you.

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