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Topic: Winter Sports Beanie Related Question - Moisture Wicking?  (Read 498 times)
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« on: August 21, 2007 10:55:04 AM »

So I've been looking through the fiber content of all my fav. snowboarding brands and I'm honestly kinda suprised that most if not all knits seem to be acrylic. I would have thought there would be some wool for added warmth.

I'm doing a larger scale order for a group (20 beanies) and I'd like to know what you think would be the best fiber to use? Ideally a moisture wicking fiber as these boys get schvetty.



« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2007 11:21:00 AM »

Last time I looked at ski/snowboard stuff (hats, sweaters, etc) I was also surprised by the acyrlic content of many items. I don't know why so much acrylic is used. My guesses are profit margin and ease of care. Schvetty boys might not be into handwashing after a day of boarding!

I would stick to a superwash wool. Warm, but washable. I'm currently knitting a hat with Shibui sock yarn. I am knitting it single strand, but you could do it double stranded. You didn't mention a price range, but I'm sure you can find some reasonable superwashes or sock yarns. (KnitPicks and the Webs sale come to mind.)

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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2007 11:27:51 AM »

superwash is a good point. They wouldn't think twice about throwing it in the dryer! Roll Eyes

I just want to make quality 1OAK gear for zee boys. Who knows, maybe this will be how I get a job designing at Burton (ha!)

« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2007 09:56:00 PM »

Knitty had an article about socks for diabetics a while back, and it discussed the wicking properties of acrylic. It also discusses the sock getting smashed down in the shoe, and causing blisters on the feet, neither of which matter for a hat (obviously), but it did say that acrylic has decent wicking properties. I agree that superwash wool would be best, but a superwash wool/acrylic blend would work well too, I would think.

« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2007 05:23:08 AM »

I got an email from Yarnmarket and K1C2 has a yarn called Wick, it sounds like something you might want to look at for your hats.
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