Choosing the right type of yarn/fibre for a pet sweater affects how it wears, how warm it is and how you can wash it! Here are some basic facts to help you decide!
- Acrylic: This is the most common type of fibre used for knitwear for humans and dogs as it is cost effective, easy care, durable and warm. It's not as warm as wool, that is, but it does the job and is well suited to temperate climates like Vancouver and Northern California or warmer areas.
- Washable Wool Blend: This is a great choice for those who want a touch of wool to add that extra warmth and weight, but the easy care, durability and cost savings of a blend. Perfect in both Temperate and Colder climates. Slightly more expensive than pure Acrylic Fibre. Machine Wash/Dry
- 100% Washable Merino Wool Twill: This is a luxurious high quality wool that is exquisite for cable sweaters as it beautifully highlights stitch work. A very warm choice, although not bulky, and holds its integrity well over time. It is washable and lovely on the skin, but it is more costly than other fibres offered. This yarn is great for small/medium dogs or sphynx cats that get cold easily. Perfect for the stylish little ones who want to show off quality and stay toasty. Easy Care Machine wash/dry.
- Luxury Wool Fibres: Some colorways and finer wool yarns are very lovely, but do require gentler care. These are recommended for small/medium dogs who are easy on their clothes and while they are nice and warm, tend not to withstand lots of rough play and harsh elements as well over time. These are more costly choices. Most that we use are Machine Wash/Lay Flat Dry.
- Other Luxury/Specialty Fibres: Yarns made of Bamboo, Silk, Linen, etc. are available and most often requested by those preferring Natural Vegan options or those more interested in form than function. These are the most costly options and are available by special order. They are the least warming fibres. Good options for warmer climates or sun protection (think Sphynx/Chinese Crested).
Please contact me if you are unsure which fibre choice is the best for your needs!