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What is Worsted Wool?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 16, 2024
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Worsted wool is a versatile compact yarn that is used in the creation of a number of different types of garments. While many forms of wool require that the fiber undergo a spinning process, this type is produced slightly differently. Rather than going directly into a spinning process, the wool is first combed in a carding process to remove any short and brittle fibers. This leaves only the longer strands of the fiber to undergo the spinning process, producing a smooth yarn that has a high durability.

Owing to the strength of wool that undergoes the worsting process, the fibers can be woven into a finer material that is more wrinkle resistant than many other fabric choices. This makes this smooth fabric an ideal choice for garments that need to hold their shape, and perhaps not only be wrinkle-free but also hold an even crease as well. Over the years, worsted wool has been a popular choice for men’s trousers, pleated skirts for women, and both men’s suits and sport jackets. Because it is so durable, it wears very well and also drapes easily, making it an ideal fabric for all sorts of garments.

While office wear is often made of worsted wool, the material has begun to make an impact on casual wear as well. It's often used for men’s jackets that are geared for wear with slacks or jeans. This fabric is also often used to create vests and other types of garments that are worn as part of a layered look for both men and women. The ability of the wool to look new even after several dry cleanings ensures that the garments are likely to be out of style before they actually wear out.

Many men prefer a tuxedo that is cut from material made with this wool as well. As a garment that is worn on very special occasions, it is important to maintain a highly polished appearance. It can easily take a man through a long evening celebration, resisting the wear and tear that would result in multiple wrinkles and perhaps some loss of shape during the course of the event. It is because the fabric can look as fresh and polished at the end of an evening out as it did at the beginning that many men refuse to wear formal wear that is produced from any other type of material.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including HomeQuestionsAnswered, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By anon967735 — On Aug 29, 2014

Merino woolen garments? Would that be an example?

By anon251018 — On Feb 28, 2012

Can 100 percent cashmere be worsted wool?

By anon177438 — On May 18, 2011

It's a little coarser to the touch than regular

nice wool, right?

By anon13992 — On Jun 08, 2008

Worsted weight knitting wool is a misnomer as the term worsted in this case refers only to the density of the yarn. It has become common for woolen knitting yarns to be inaccurately described as such.

By mdt — On Apr 16, 2008

Worsted knitting wool is a type of worsted knitting yard that is sold in skeins, rather than made into a garment or sheet of fabric. The long fibers that make up worsted knitting yarn are usually wound a little tighter than other types of yarn.

By anon11332 — On Apr 13, 2008

SO what is worsted knitting wool please????

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Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
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