Learn to Care for Your Mohair

Buttercream Shawl by Annette Petavy Lantana Scarf by Theresa Schabes
With two beautiful projects in our Spring 2014 issue using mohair yarns, I thought it only appropriate that we discuss some of the inner workings of this fiber. Mohair is a luxurious and beautiful yarn choice and one of my favorite fabric types. The feeling of wearing a lovely mohair piece always makes me feel glamorous and ready to conquer the world. In addition to looking lovely, mohair is a strong fiber and both lightweight yet still warm.

Mohair works nicely when run along with another yarns but I personally like to use the mohair by itself to fully embrace the fluff and fabulousness! For me, a blend that is mostly mohair (say 70 or 80%) mixed with a bit of silk is just a dream. The silk adds a lustrous and shiny look while the mohair keeps the garment soft and cozy. 

Alright so there are some down sides to working with mohair. For example, it can be extremely difficult to rip back a project when you need to fix a mistake. Those little mohair pieces love to stick to each other, making the task a difficult feat of strength. Here is a helpful tip featured in the Lantana Scarf pattern "If you need to rip out stitches, first put the scarf in your freezer for 10 minutes. The cold will calm the sticky mohair and make it easier to undo." It really does help, give it a try next time!

Another challenge can be caused by the fuzzy and soft stitches… it does require a bit more concentration to see what you are doing with a mohair yarn. Make sure to swatch and get the hang of working with your yarn before starting the project. 

Mohair becomes weaker when wet so I tend to avoid a heavy blocking. You can simply pin into place, then spray with water and let dry. Another option, if available to you, is to pin into place, then steam block. The fluffy halo will come back again!

Do you like working with mohair or stay far away from it? Let us know!

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