In these days and nights that we have ahead, we mean, winter, the whole family looks for clothes that are both hot and practical to take to work or school. In addition, they want to be good for the skin and look elegant.
To take into account all the options, today we will provide you with the guidelines to know which materials are the best to choose our winter clothes. Find top quality wool and more for your creations here at Yarns on Collie. If you need more information to get started in the world of knitting you can contact us and we’ll be happy to help you. Wear quality fabrics for colder weathers.
It is the king of natural tissues, the softest and the one that avoids allergies. Ideal to be in contact with the skin. Cotton does not retain heat, that is, it does not perspire the person.
Cotton fabrics are the most comfortable and successful. Depending on the thickness, they can be worn in winter or summer. Combined they can be used for coats, because for a shape with more structure it needs other fibres.
The wool can also be 100 percent natural or mixed with some synthetic elements. Being more natural, it is more spicy, but it is usually placed on other garments so that it does not have direct contact with the skin. Wool shelters against cold excellently.
The alpaca is the finest, softest and most flexible wool, it has no weight or volume and it warms. Warm sweaters are usually made of sheep’s wool.
Thinking about the outerwear, the wool is different, such as the astrakhan (baby lamb wool, with slightly wavy hair) or the mohair (of angora goat hair). Wool-based fabrics are also used, like the alpaca cloth.
According to the pattern of these fabrics to be used in coats or jackets, the style is Scottish, with prints of houndstooth (square figures with lines that resemble crow’s feet), vichy (mottled, striped and checkered) and tweed (small pictures).
Polyester and synthetics
Although there are many fabrics in which polyester is mixed with other fibres, these fabrics are not the best for the coat, because they retain heat and the person transpires. It does not let the skin breathe, say the specialists.
One of the fabrics that are used a lot for children and large is the polar, which is also a type of polyester. This fabric is not recommended for garments that go directly to the skin, much less in pajamas, because it makes the skin breathe and, with the cold of dawn, the person cools and gets sick.
In addition, the polar in garments is fine only for casual moments. Synthetic leathers are used more in details of winter garments, since they are not very economical.
The waterproof jackets or jackets with fibre filling are good for heating this winter but being synthetic they are not suitable for direct contact with the skin. They are usually used on cotton garments or mixed with cotton. Thus, the sweat will remain on the cotton but will not perspire.
Rayon or viscose
Rayon is a semisynthetic fabric, it is good for the changing climate because it does not penetrate the wind, cold or water. It is used in jackets and coats; It is light and flexible. It is special for rainy days.
It is known for its thermal use. This fabric is synthetic, but because it is thin, it can be put in contact with the skin because it does not generate perspiration. There are thermal shirts that are used inside garments, as an extra protection against the cold.
The flannel or cotton flannel is soft and is used in different garments, it is natural and constitutes a good alternative to the polar fabric.
These tissues arise from laboratory investigations. There is a wide range, there are even smart fabrics for athletes and with important functions such as anti-microbial and UV protection.
These fabrics have had designer stamp, since they have been used by Paco Rabane and Prada, for example.
One of the trends in vogue is the use of fibres woven with recyclable plastic materials, creating fashion and industry that favours the environment, also considering the carbon footprint left. Synthetic garments can be used on cotton.
Being well sheltered and responding adequately to the cold environment produces a body microclimate that favours from muscle function to the prevention of the dreaded falls of winter. In any activity in which you are well insulated from the cold, neither muscle strength, nor endurance nor physical performance are affected.
On the other hand, if you are poorly dressed or you still do not know the key points of your body that you should shelter more, the ability to develop muscular strength, as well as the ability to coordinate are affected.
Consequently, in the cold you will try to do things “faster” (to conserve heat) but in an uncoordinated way, increasing the risk of injury.
The decrease in body temperature reduces, in turn, the speed of nerve conduction, the temperature of the skin and muscle tissue, making you have to invest between 30 to 42% of additional time to achieve maximum contraction.
For example, if you’re cold and need to walk fast to get somewhere, you’ll spend more time doing it because your muscles are not in the best temperature conditions to make it possible, plus you increase the risk of injury from the decrease of coordination.
One of the obligatory tracks to improve our muscular function in the winter is to dress warmly … and leave home. The muscles are the tip of the iceberg, your cardiovascular health and the risk of obesity are always latent factors.
Here at Yarns on Collie you’ll find second to none wool that absorbs and releases moisture to cool or warm the body. It will feel hot quickly, but not overheated, thanks to the exceptional properties of fabric transpiration. Synthetic fibres such as polypropylene or polyester do not have this ability to transpire, absorb or release moisture. It can be very suffocating.