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Tweed Yarn – Guide To This Yarn Material & Best Uses

Looking for sturdy, colorful yarn with texture?

Tweed fibers might be the perfect choice. I explore what tweed yarn is, and ways to use it for knitting.

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What Is Tweed Yarn?

Tweed yarn is an animal/plant fiber.

This fiber is popular because it’s colorful, fun to knit with, textured, warm, and durable. 

They’re speckled and great for rustic-looking creations.

It’s available in all colors of the rainbow.

An affordable yarn sold at moderate prices.

It’s often confused with heathered yarn, because of its similar flecks of color.

Though they’re tweed-like yarns, they’re not the same thing. The dyeing process is different.

Where It Comes From

It’s named after the fabric making technique that creates tweed cloth.

The tweed fabric comes from a weaving technique, created by makers who lived along the Tweed river in Scotland.(1)

Like traditional tweed fabric, true tweed yarn is often made with wool, however plant fiber tweed or blends are available.

How It’s Made Into Yarn

Tweed yarns are created when the maker dyes wool in separate color batches before the spinning process.

It’s a blend of two or more accent colors of woolen yarn. After being spun, the fibers are combined.

The resulting fabric is full of flecks of color.

Classic tweed yarn is woolen spun, which traps a lot of air between the fibers and makes it warm.

Some are worsted-spun, where they’re spun from the combed top with all fibers in the same direction.

How To Wash Tweed Yarn

Here are the care instructions for tweed fibers.

If they’re made with wool, they should be handwashed in cool water with mild soap. Lay flat to dry.

Always check the yarn label for instructions specific to the yarn you’re using.

Does It Shrink When Washed?

Yes, woolen tweed yarn may shrink when washed.

To avoid this, don’t wash or dry it in the machine.

How To Soften Tweed Yarn

Here is a quick and easy method to soften tweed yarn.

Soak the skein in cool water for about 20 minutes with a little fabric softener. Gently squeeze out the excess water.

Lay it flat to dry.

Washing it after you’ve finished knitting always helps!

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What Do You Use It For?

It’s often used for projects and things like

  • Sweaters
  • Hats
  • Mittens
  • Socks
  • Scarves
  • Blankets
  • Afghans
  • Throws

It’s a great choice for winter garments like sweaters, hats, and scarves because it’s so warm.

It’s good for making cables and other textured stitches like ribbing stand out with the different colors.

Want your projects to have a classic look? Use this type of yarn as it gives the final creation a rustic twist.

Where To Find It

Here’s where to find this yarn.

  • At a yarn store or craft stores in your area
  • At big box stores like Michaels, Walmart and Joann
  • Online brand shops

Here are brands or manufacturers of tweed yarns to try.

  • Valley Yarns
  • Tahki Yarns
  • Sheepjes
  • Lion Brand
  • Debbie Bliss
  • Rowan
  • Noro
  • Lana Grossa
  • Plymouth Yarn

What’s The Price Like?

It’s moderate in price. It’s not the cheapest, but it’s also not the most expensive.

Q&A

Is Tweed Yarn Safe For Babies?

Yes, the ones made with merino wool or cotton are safe for babies because they’re good for sensitive skin.

Is Tweed Yarn Ethical & Eco-Friendly?

That depends on the brand you buy and the materials used. If it’s made with wool, check the sheep were treated well.

If it’s plant-based, check for certifications like Fair Trade or GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard).

What Can I Make With Leftover Tweed Yarn?

You can make smaller projects like

  • Hats
  • Mittens
  • Fall knits
  • Fabrics needing texture and color effects
  • Socks
  • Scarves
  • Cowls

Is Tweed Yarn Itchy?

Yes, the ones made with wool are itchy for those with allergies or sensitivities to the fiber. The others aren’t.

Is Tweed Yarn Good For Clothes?

Yes, it’s good for clothes because it’s durable and doesn’t pill as much as other yarns.

Is Tweed Yarn Good For Winter? 

Yes, it’s good for winter because it’s warm and insulating.

Is Tweed Yarn Good For Summer?

No, it isn’t good for summer because thick wool is too warm.

Do Tweed Yarns Pill?

Yes, they pill if they’re made with wool.

Can You Dye Tweed Yarns?

Yes, you can.

Here is a video tutorial by Paradise Fibers on how to make this yarn at home. 

YouTube video

This helpful guide will walk you through the fun process.

Tweed Vs Wool

Tweed is a cloth made from wool. It’s usually a heavy fabric and is often used for making coats and suits.

What Is Donegal Tweed Yarn?

It’s a type of tweed yarn named after the county in Ireland where it originated.

What Is Felted Tweed Yarn?

It’s a tweed yarn that’s been through the felting process. The fibers are compacted together using heat and agitation.

The result is great for many crafting projects!

Rowan Felted Tweed Yarn is super popular with knit wear designers and knitters who love the look, feel and texture.

Is Tweed Always Wool?

No, it doesn’t have to be wool. It can be made from different fibers like cotton, acrylic, silk, and bamboo.

Or animal fibers like alpaca and mohair.

Is Tweed Water Resistant?

Yes, it is.

Happy knitting! Hope you enjoyed this article. Don’t forget this can apply to crocheting too.

Do you have questions? Please leave them below!

References

  1. N.d. Arizona.edu. Accessed October 27, 2022. https://www2.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/monographs/dhc_wool.pdf.

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