The Pros and Cons of Sweater Materials – Aungwinter

The Pros and Cons of Sweater Materials - Aungwinter

Sweaters

Sweaters are one of the most common pieces of clothing worn in the fall and winter. Sweaters made of different materials provide different levels of warmth and comfort. However, when wearing and cleaning a sweater, here are some questions that bother people – what kind of material is not easy to pill? What are the most common fabrics used to make a sweater? Here today, we can dive into these questions with Aungwinter, a renowned custom winter sweater supplier founded in 1998, with more than 25 years of experience in hats and clothing manufacturing.

 

Pure Wool Sweaters

Pure Wool Sweaters

The content of hair fibers (such as wool, rabbit hair, cashmere, etc.) is over 95%, no matter whether it is fine or coarse woven, these sweaters are called pure wool sweaters.

Pros: Clear weave, smooth surface, adequate stretch, vibrant colors, and soft, plush feel.

Cons: Susceptible to insect attack, pilling with frequent rubbing, and poor heat resistance.

Warmth: Great for keeping warm.

Shrinkage: Heavy.

Pilling: Not easy to pill and the wool falls out.

Care: The fibers of woolen sweaters are fragile, so please hand wash and do not machine wash or dry wash your pure wool sweaters.

Choosing tip: Pure wool sweaters have their logo for pure wool. If they are blended products, they should have a blended logo. So please pay attention to the logo.

Dressing skill: Pure wool sweaters + skirts that show strength and gentleness, and can deal with different temperatures. Pure wool sweater + pants are casual and cozy.

 

Cashmere Sweaters

Cashmere Sweaters

Cashmere sweaters are made from goat’s hair, and according to the percentage of goat’s hair in the sweater, the sweater can be divided into pure cashmere or blended cashmere.

Pros: Soft to the touch, smooth, shiny, comfortable to wear, and great for keeping warm.

Cons: Might pill, expensive, and poor in strength.

Warmth: Great for keeping warm.

Shrinkage: Cashmere sweaters are not shrunk after washing.

Pilling: Not easy to pill and wool will fall out easily.

Care: Dry or hand wash. Please do not machine wash to avoid deformation or pilling from friction.

Choosing tip: Please check the label, brand, size, and certifications of the cashmere sweaters.

Dressing skill: Long cashmere sweaters + flat shoes to modify the body shape. Turtleneck sweaters + skirts are simple and fresh, suitable for various occasions.

 

Wool Blend Sweaters

Wool Blend Sweaters

Wool blend is a fabric that is a mixture of wool with cashmere, polyester, spandex, rabbit hair, and other fabrics.

Pros: Soft, great elastic, and strong insulation.

Cons: Easy to felt, pilling, and poor in heat resistance.

Warmth: Great for keeping warm.

Shrinkage: Easy to shrink.

Pilling: Easy to pill.

Care: Shake the wool blend sweater to remove the dust, then soak it in cold water for 10 to 20 minutes. Then gently wash the sweater, rinse it in clean water, and press it to dry.

 

Acrylic Fabric Sweaters

Acrylic Fabric Sweaters

Acrylic fabric, also known as man-made wool, is an acrylonitrile copolymer synthetic fabric that the percentage of polyacrylonitrile or acrylonitrile is over 85%

Pros: Nice elastic, easy to clean, and not fading.

Cons: Poor sweat absorption; easy to be dirty and dusty; prone to static electricity.

Warmth: Great for keeping warm.

Shrinkage: Not easy to shrink.

Pilling: Easy to pill.

Care: Soak an acrylic-made sweater in lukewarm water for 15 minutes, then gently wash with a low-alkaline detergent.

 

Mohair Sweaters

Mohair is a fabric or yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat. (This not be confused with Angora wool, which is made from the fur of the Angora rabbit.)

Pros: Lightweight, resilient, durable, and swollen. Distinguished by its unique luster and sheen, natural sagging. Soft and plush to the touch.

Cons: Prone to static electricity and easy to lose fur.

Warmth: Great for keeping warm.

Shrinkage: Not easy to shrink.

Pilling: Easy to lose fur and do not pill.

Care: Soak a mohair sweater in cold water for 10 to 20 minutes, then wash with detergent. If machine washing, please choose a light wash.

Choosing tip: The diameter of genuine mohair fiber is quite large, from 10 to 90 mm, and the length is from 120 to 150 mm. Genuine mohair is also coarse, lustrous, shiny, strong, and quite resilient.

Dressing skill: Mohair sweaters + short tweed skirts convey a sense of light luxury; Mohair sweaters + high-waisted A-line skirts are not picky about body shape, showing off the waistline and enhancing the hip line.

 

Alpaca Wool Sweaters

Alpaca Wool Sweaters

Alpaca wool fiber belongs to camel wool fabrics and is thinner and softer than mohair.

Pros: Lightweight and soft; smooth yet fine.

Cons: Expensive, difficult to make and maintain.

Warmth: Warmer than cashmere.

Shrinkage: No shrinking & no fading.

Pilling: No easy to pill.

Care: Soak an alpaca wool sweater in cold water for 10 to 20 minutes, dry squeeze the water out of the alpaca wool sweater, and put detergent or soap liquid in to wash the alpaca sweater. Finally, rinse with clean water.

Choosing tip: Premium alpaca wool is long and luster. Fake alpaca wool when it comes to wool scrap imitation, the general hair fiber is very short, about 3-4 cm, and quite coarse

Dressing skill: Alpaca wool sweaters as outerwear, then the bottom outfits can choose leggings, which can show the curve of the body shape.

 

Polyester Sweaters

Polyester Sweaters

Organic dibasic acid and diol polycondensation polyester, are spun to produce synthetic fibers.

Pros: Thermal insulation, UV protection, fire protection, tear resistance, good elasticity.

Cons: Poor sweat absorption; stuffy feeling when worn; poor resistance to melting

Warmth: Not as good as wool.

Shrinkage: No ductility and no deformation.

Pilling: Easy to pill.

Care: Soak an alpaca wool sweater in cold water for 15 minutes, then wash with common detergent, and the temperature cannot be over 45℃.

 

 

Rabbit Wool Sweaters

Rabbit wool is a fabric made from the hair of Angora and domestic rabbits. The Angora rabbit wool is the best of the rabbit wools and it’s very soft.

Pros: Smooth surface, puffy, strong fleece feel, and good protection against cold.

Cons: The length of rabbit wool is shorter than wool, and has slightly poorer fiber-to-fiber hold.

Warmth: Great for keeping warmth.

Shrinkage: Slightly shrink.

Pilling: Easy to pill and lose fur.

Care: Wash with mild and neutral detergent and pay attention to control the temperature under 35℃.

 

Today, all shares end here. We hope all these can help you choose and care for your winter sweaters.

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