The Difference Between Hand Knitting Yarns And Machine Knitting Yarns.

Having manufactured yarns since 1907, we see ourselves as experts in this field.  Our capabilities allow us to spin yarns across a variety of markets from hand knitting, machine knitting, woven apparel, upholstery to more specialist yarns.

This article focuses on the key differences between hand knitting and machine knitting yarns.

Hand Knitting Yarns

Hand Knitting has long been a well-established form of crafting, traditionally using two needles, yarn and a pattern to follow, creating a handmade garment or accessory.  At Laxtons, we offer a wide range of hand knitting yarns across a variety of weights.  With our knowledge and decades of experience working with domestic and international customers means we are flexible enough in our approach to produce bespoke custom spun yarns which meet the requirements of our customers.  Noble fibers such as wool, alpaca, silk and mohair are often used as they lend themselves to creating a luxurious, soft handle yarn which compliments the tactile nature of creating a product by hand.

Machine Knitting Yarns

Machine Knitting is a process that allows garments and accessories to be knitted in a faster and more efficient way.  Yarns for machine knitting can be made from 100% noble fibers or consisting of a synthetic component such as nylon or acrylic.

Not all hand knitted stitches and techniques can be identically reproduced on a knitting machine.

Our machine knitting yarns come in a variety of weights and colours, so you can find the perfect yarn for your project.

The Differences Between Hand Knitting and Machine Knitting Yarns

While both hand knitting and machine knitting yarns have their advantages, there are some key differences between the two.

Hand knitting yarns are usually softer and more pliable, while machine knitting yarns are stronger and more durable.

Hand knitting yarns are usually made from natural fibres, while machine knitting yarns are more often made from synthetic fibres.

Hand knitting can take longer to complete a project, while machine knitting is more efficient.