Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective, does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
The quality of the yarn directly affects the characteristics of the product knitted or sewn from it. Will it stretch, lose color, become prickly and uncomfortable at some point. Also, the convenience of knitting or embroidery directly depends on the quality of the yarn – no one is pleased if the thread breaks at the wrong moment and you first have to connect the ends into a knot, and then mask it on the finished product.
To help you make beautiful and warm scarves, sweaters and socks, we have compiled a list of 14 best yarn manufacturers. Their products are of high quality and superior performance.
Rating of the best yarn manufacturers
|Rating of the best yarn manufacturers||1||Pehorskaya Factory ('Pekhorka')||4.9|
|3||Troitsk worsted factory||4.8|
Pehorskaya Factory ('Pekhorka')
Why her: Huge assortment of yarns, high quality.
Pekhorskaya Factory near Moscow is one of the largest yarn producers in Russia. It boasts a huge range of products – both skeins for home knitting and skeins for industrial knitting – as well as a modern approach to both the manufacturing process and the sale.
For example, the Pehorskaya Factory does not hesitate to collect its products in a collection. Now she offers three special series – 'Creative' (bouclé and with a flame effect), 'Classic' (acrylic or wool with increased heat capacity) and 'Summer' (cool and delicate to the touch).
In general, Pekhorka's assortment includes acrylic, camel, semi-woolen and woolen yarns, as well as special blends with alpaca and angora. There are also options for children as well as summer ones. In total, the factory produces several hundred varieties of threads, among which you can choose suitable for any occasion.
Why her: A large assortment of not only yarns, but also related products.
The Moscow Semyonovskaya Factory produces everything you need for needlework. Its assortment includes only yarn (and not only in skeins, but also in bobbins), but also sets, fiber, necessary for felting and embroidery, if you wish, you can even purchase the so-called 'secondary'.
But the main advantage of the factory is, of course, a huge assortment of yarn in skeins for needlework. The company produces about one and a half hundred varieties of this material. There are both synthetic fibers and natural wool, natural plant fibers (cotton, linen, hemp) and mixtures of these 'ingredients'. There are also premium varieties – for example, with cashmere for maximum thermal insulation. Regardless of the composition, the threads are distinguished by optimal weaving and good strength properties.
Various colors are also available. Shades can be either bright and saturated, or delicate and pastel.
Troitsk worsted factory
Why him: Huge assortment of wool yarns and natural fiber blends.
'Troitsk worsted factory', unlike the previous two in the ranking, has a clear specialization – it produces yarn from wool or mixtures based on it. Of course, pure acrylic threads or other synthetic solutions sometimes appear in the assortment of this manufacturer, but they were added rather for the sake of exception. The lion's share of the product range is represented by just woolen products.
The manufacturer's assortment includes merino, alpaca, angora (mohair), camel, goat down wool. There are also materials based on these natural raw materials – for example, cashmere or the so-called 'superwash wool', which has a shiny surface texture and is resistant to moisture and high temperatures.
Finally, Troitskaya Worsted Factory's products can be conveniently ordered on the Internet – the company has a multifunctional website and an online store, where prices are indicated immediately for a skein and retail, no need to calculate.
Why him: Turkish manufacturer with a huge range of products.
Kartopu is the largest manufacturer of yarn for handicraft and industrial use in Turkey, and at the same time one of the oldest. Huge experience and desire to enter the world market have formed its huge range of solutions, some of which are unique.
The main feature of Kartopu is a non-standard approach to color solutions for this market. In particular, the company annually updates its assortment of shades. Thanks to this, for example, she can offer No.1 Prints multicolor yarn with gradient transitions, which is a real trend this season and forms a completely unusual pattern on the finished product.
Like other manufacturers, Kartopu has in its assortment products from a wide variety of materials – from pure wool and pure synthetics to their mixtures in a wide variety of proportions. There is also a separate line for children with hypoallergenic materials.
Why her: A large assortment of yarns made of synthetic and artificial materials, low prices.
The Russian factory Adelia (although the production of this company is still located in China) offers one of the cheapest yarns in the ranking. The price for it was reduced precisely due to the transfer of industrial facilities and the use of mainly synthetic materials.
Thus, in the assortment of Adelia you will not be able to find products made of merino or alpaca. There are 100% wool blends, but very few of them. The lion's share of the assortment is represented by synthetic yarns, as well as mixtures of artificial and natural origin. However, they are very diverse and there are solutions for every taste.
However, special attention should be paid to section dyeing yarns with gradient transitions between shades and the so-called 'fancy yarns' made of very thick yarns with pompons. These are truly unique products that have an unusual appearance – and therefore the products made from them will also be non-standard.
Why her: German dyed yarn made from natural materials.
The German company Schachenmayr offers a wide range of brightly colored yarns from natural materials. So, she has solutions from cotton, alpaca, merino wool, mohair, silk, linen and others. But this manufacturer can boast not only of it.
In addition, this German company offers special fancy yarns – which have an unusual texture; as well as interesting materials such as bouclé (threads for high density woolen fabric), kable (elastic thread for crocheting) and chenille (threads with a velvety surface to the touch).
Thus, in the Schachenmayr assortment, you can find very unusual solutions – including for any non-standard types of weaving.
Schachenmayr offers not only a variety of materials, but also colors – products are available in both very bright and fairly pastel and delicate shades.
Why her: A combination of the classic approach to production and modern dyeing technology.
The Turkish company Alize offers a very wide selection of yarn for hand knitting. Its range includes solutions from both natural materials (including bamboo, six and cotton) and synthetics (acrylic, polyester), as well as blends of natural and artificial fibers to improve the performance of finished products.
The main advantage of the company is a huge range of sectional dyeing yarns. Products made from it are the most fashionable at the present time. The company is attentive to the choice of colors and shades, offering not just gradient transitions, but rich and diverse tones. Almost all types of yarn are sectionally dyed, so you can find both woolen and synthetic of the desired shades.
In addition, the company uses modern staining techniques. This ensures the durability of the flowers – they do not fade over time and are even resistant to moisture.
Why him: A Norwegian manufacturer especially known for woolen products.
The Norwegian company Drops has been operating since the 1980s and is now known among handicraft lovers around the world. And this is not surprising. Few yarn manufacturers are able to compete with yarn quality and performance.
But especially Drops is known for its alpaca wool yarn. It is distinguished by its low weight, excellent thermal insulation properties (excellent 'warming') and bulk. The qualities of alpaca wool are best reflected in the signature Drops Air series, in which it is complemented by polyamide and merino. This mixture forms warm, lightweight, almost airy yarns of medium thickness, excellent for coarse knits.
Also worthy of mention is the Drops Alaska series, which is made from 100% wool. The special thick weave provides excellent thermal insulation properties and high strength – both for the threads and the products made from them.
Why him: Budget premium yarn.
The Turkish manufacturer YarnArt has an extremely low price for its yarn. Some varieties – for example, from mercerized cotton – are cheaper than other producers in the ranking. But at the same time, despite its low price, the yarn from YarnArt may well be attributed to the premium class.
The company uses high quality raw materials – from specially treated and prepared wool to premium acrylic fibers – to ensure the superior performance of its yarns. Like many other manufacturers, she produces quite a few sectional paint models that are now 'at the height of fashion'.
The most interesting is the YarnArt Magic branded series. The yarns in this range are made from 100% non-splinter and 'fluffy' wool and are sectional dyed in a wide variety of colors. For example, the 604 has white, red, purple, green and gray fibers.
Why it is: Mixes of materials, unique in quality and characteristics.
The German-Chinese company Vita specializes in the production of blended yarns – which are made from a mixture of various materials of natural and artificial origin. Of course, she has just wool options, and only synthetic ones. But the bulk of the product range is represented by blended yarn.
So, for example, the yarn of the most famous brand series Brilliant contains 45% wool (merino) and 55% acrylic. Thanks to this, the thread becomes soft, pleasant to the touch and practically weightless – and most importantly, it does not fade in the sun, and products made from it can be cleaned with steam!
There are also more complex mixtures. For example, Cashmere imitating cashmere texture consists of 35% angora rabbit wool, 40% special trimmed merino wool, 15% nylon and the remaining 10% lyocel. Therefore, it is more practical than natural cashmere, although it does not differ much from it.
Why him: European quality and very low prices.
Nako is a hand knitting yarn brand produced by the Turkish company Ormo. It, in turn, supplies textiles and fabrics for the world's leading clothing manufacturers. So the yarn for hand knitting is also of the highest quality.
But at the same time, it is inexpensive – as is, in fact, typical of other Turkish manufacturers in the ranking. Despite the low prices, the yarn is made from premium raw materials, including specially prepared wool and high-strength, but lightweight acrylic.
At the same time, the manufacturer's assortment is very diverse and includes yarns of various types – from simple to fancy, dyed from uniform to sectional, from universal to specialized. There are, for example, special children's versions with a particularly soft surface texture that does not cause dislike or irritation when touched.
Why him: Constantly updating the collection, the variety of materials used.
The Russian manufacturer Kamtex boasts a wide variety of hand knitting threads. So, in his catalogs you can find options from high-end acrylic, viscose fibers (with a silk texture), jute and flax (characterized by increased strength to any tears), mohair, semi-woolen blends, cotton fibers and 100% woolen blends.
In addition to the variety of materials, 'Kamtex' boasts a wealth of varieties of threads. In addition to the standard ones, you can find here such unusual solutions as super-thick twisted woolen threads, fancy cotton threads with a non-standard surface and texture, and much, much more.
In addition, the Kamtex company annually updates its lineup, offering new compositions and color solutions. And sometimes she even arranges sales, where you can buy products 20-30% cheaper than usual.
Why it is: High quality with adequate pricing.
The high quality of Seam hand knitting threads is primarily due to the place of manufacture. They are made in Italian and Pakistani factories. In addition, Seam specialists closely monitor every step of the manufacturing process.
But high quality is not the only feature that products from the Seam company can boast. This manufacturer offers the widest variety of articles. The company does not hesitate to use completely non-standard materials in its products, such as long-staple and Egyptian cotton, natural silk, alpaca foal wool, sheep's down, and so on. Thanks to this, you can achieve excellent qualities of the finished product – clothes knitted from these threads are at the same time lightweight, warm and resistant to various negative influences.
At the same time, the price for Seam products is quite adequate.
Why him: European style yarn and production.
The Austrian company Alpina revives the European knitting traditions with the release of yarns made using classical technologies. Her products are characterized by a classic look – including the weaving patterns and colors. Thus, if you plan to knit a very traditional-looking piece of clothing, then you should pay attention to the products from Alpina.
However, in spite of the classic weaving technologies, Alpina products are manufactured on quite modern equipment. This increases the quality of the threads – they become stronger, more reliable and durable. In addition, modern coloring technologies provide bright, rich colors that do not fade or fade in the sun over time.
The price for Alpina products is quite adequate and similar to the pricing policy of other manufacturers in the rating.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.