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Z-Twist Yarns for Crocheters

There's been a lot of buzz recently in the crochet world about Z-twist versus S-twist yarns, thanks to crochet gurus Doris Chan and Designing Vashti. These brilliant women discovered that the direction in which a yarn is spun has an impact on whether that yarn may be suited better for knitters or crocheters, and being crocheters, have developed Lotus, the first yarn ever created specifically with crocheters in mind.

The thought behind Lotus is that most yarns are designed with knitters in mind, so they are spun so that the fibers lie in an S-shape (the fiber slant looks like \ ). This is because of the direction in which the yarn is wrapped over the needles when knitting; spinning the yarn with an S-twist keeps the fibers twisted as the yarn is knitted. The problem with S-twist when it comes to crocheters is that the yarn is wrapped around the crochet hook in the opposite direction as it is around knitting needles, so it has a tendency to come untwisted as it is crocheted (although Amy from Crochetville points out that left-handed crocheters do not tend to have this problem).

Yarns like Lotus are spun with a Z-twist, so that the fiber slant looks like / . Z-twist yarns do not have a tendency to untwist as they are crocheted (at least for right-handed crocheters), and therefore they are optimal for producing the best crochet stitch definition.

Z twist yarns are twisted to the left while S twist yarns are twisted to the right.

Now word on the street is that Z-twist yarns are incredibly rare and hard to find, but we had the pleasure of attending a Cascade Yarn tasting a couple of weeks ago, and were delighted to find quite a few Z-twists in their offerings. Since we here at Crochet Kitten are bent on world crochet domination, we thought we'd share them so those who would like to give Z-twist try could have a variety of options.

Z-Twist Yarns for Crocheters

Disclaimer: Yes, we carry Cascade Yarns at Crochet Kitten's Bazaar. No, we were not paid to write this post. In fact, you'll notice that we don't currently carry any of the yarns below, but that may change in the future now that Z-twist is becoming all the rage.

Z-Twist Yarns for Crocheters
Avalon: 50% cotton/50% acrylic worsted weight blend.  Machine washable.

Z-Twist Yarns for Crocheters
Eco Highland Duo: 70% baby alpaca/30% merino wool worsted weight blend. Hand wash only.

Z-Twist Yarns for Crocheters
Kid Seta: 61% super kid mohair/35% silk/4% merino wool sport weight blend. Hand wash only.

Z-Twist Yarns for Crocheters
Magnum: 100% Peruvian highland wool single ply chunky weight. Hand wash only.

Z-Twist Yarns for Crocheters
Souk: 55% silk/45% wool worsted weight blend. Hand wash only.

Z-Twist Yarns for Crocheters
Tangier: 50% silk/16% cotton/17% rayon/17% acrylic worsted weight blend. Hand wash only.

Z-Twist Yarns for Crocheters
Venezia Sport: 70% merino wool/30% mulberry silk sport weight blend. Hand wash only.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the Z-twist yarns Cascade has to offer; it is merely what we happened to find in the samples that were offered at the yarn tasting. But isn't it nice to know you have options for trying Z-twist?

3 comments:

  1. Missy Lou aka The Happy HookerMarch 13, 2014

    How can one tell whether a yarn is a Z twist or an S twist?

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    1. When you look at the yarn, the you'll see that the fibers are slanted at an angle. If the angle looks like \ , it's S-twist. If the angle looks like / , it's Z-twist. I'll see if I can get a diagram up later today.

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  2. Omg I've had that happen to me, where it untwists as I'm working with yarn. And that makes sense. I'll have to keep my eye out for Z-twist yarn! Thanks!

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