Useful Tips for Working with Silk Yarn

SIlk is a soft, anti-allergenic fabric with amazing thermal regulating properties, so it is great for both summer and winter garments, not to mention scarves, blankets or other accessories. However, silk is a very luxurious material, and store-bought silk garments can cost a fortune. Nonetheless, you can make your own garments or accessories for a mere fraction of the store price. So, whether you knit or crochet, it is imperative to try working with silk yarn at least once. If you have never worked with it before, we have some useful tips that will help you get started.

1. How to choose the yarn

Silk yarns come in different yardages and weights. When choosing the yarn, apply the same rules as with any other type of yarn. Choose fingering weight yarn for socks, mittens, baby garments, hats or shawls. Choose lace weight yarn for shawls and big scarves, but also for other lightweight garments. Choose sport yarn for durable pieces like socks and sweaters. Last but not least, choose heavy yarn for thick winter garments or rugs and blankets. With silk, you also have the opportunity to work with ribbon yarns which you can use for some interesting shawls and scarves. You can also find worsted silk yarns made from recycled sari remnants. These yarns come in some lovely, exotic colors.

2. Protect the fabric

Silk is a very durable fabric, but it has its weak points. Due to its softness, it can easily be snagged or torn. So, you should try to protect the yarn as much as possible when knitting or crocheting. If you have rough hands, put on some lotion before knitting, but make sure it is properly absorbed before you start, as you don’t want to stain the silk with grease. Moreover, prevent the yarn from twisting on the floor when knitting, as it could seriously get snagged. Use a yarn bowl or another improvisation to prevent this from happening. Moreover, when you don’t use the yarns, store them in a canvas or plastic bag.

3. Take breaks

When knitting with silk, your hands will get tired faster, as silk is quite slippery and it is harder to work with. This can lead to a lot of tensions in your hands, which can cause some errors in your knitwork. Take frequent breaks to release the tension you accumulate while working. Your hands will thank you for this and your overall project will look a lot better.