Sweater guide part 4

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Sweater guide part 4

Sweater materials, number 2: Alpaca

A very underrated material for sweaters is alpaca. It comes from a Peruvian mountain animals and is extremely soft and nice, almost as soft as cashmere, at the same time, it is more insulating because the fiber is hollow with an air chamber that just protects you better from outside elements especially winter. Another advantage is that it is elastic, it does not have any lanolin such as wool which makes it perfect if you have allergies against lanolin.

Sweater materials, number 3: Wool

The most traditional sweater material is definitely wool and the first fishermen used wool to make their sweaters. And at the time it was rather coarse and rough wool that felt scratchy and anything but soft on their skin. Today, sheep breeders have made great advances and the wool diameter is sometimes as low as 15 microns which brings it in a cashmere range. I still sometimes like sweaters that are made out of that slightly rougher wool because they are usually more hard wearing. For sweaters, you sometimes see merino wool which usually implies it is a lower diameter and it is a specific kind, unfortunately, it is not really a protected term and people use it arbitrarily. If you can get your hands on a fine merino wool sweater, you can get a very thin layer that is more insulating than let’s say cotton but at the same time, perfectly suited for layering during the colder days of the year. Cotton and linen sweater types are still rather popular during the transitional seasons because they add exactly the warmth you need without making you sweat. Of course, both of these fibers wrinkle a little more and sometimes you will find very open knits for even summer versions in warmer climates and warmer seasons.

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