What is Worsted Yarn?

Knitting Yarn 101

Jan 21

There are lots of terms in knitting that we recognise in every day life. Then there are those that confuse us as we’ve never heard them before!
Worsted is one of them.

The word ‘worsted’ derives from a small village in Norfolk, England which has a strong history connected to wool, sheep, weaving and industry.
It doesn’t just describe the process that these yarn specialists used to make the yarn, ‘worsted’ now also describes a thickness grade of yarn too.

Confusing, right?

Yep! It took me a while to get my head around it!

Let’s get to it then. What is worsted yarn and why is it called worsted?

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