What’s So Great About Merino Wool?

Our beautiful Heather Gray Merino Wool Blanket.

Before I started crocheting and working with merino wool daily, I thought of wool as being this itchy, scratchy hot material. I can recall sweaters that my mom came home with that were handed down or that U.S. Army green wool blend blanket that I used in basic training. Well can I just tell you, merino wool isn’t any of that. It’s extremely soft and luxurious.

Here are 4 facts about the wool used for our most popular blanket.

  • Wool is graded by the diameter of the fiber and has four categories. These categories are Strong, Medium, Fine and Ultra-Fine. Ultra-Fine wool is considered 17.5 microns and considered to be the softest and rarest category. Fine is usually 18.5-20 microns and is generally used for apparel. Medium and Strong wools are used for blankets. Comfy Sorts uses wool with a micron level of 21-23.
  • Wool in general is a strong natural fiber. It can bend 20,000 times without breaking. Other fibers aren’t as strong. For example, cotton breaks after being bent 3,200 times.
  • Merino Sheep have natural oils called Lanolin. Lanolin helps shed water and make the sheep and their wool water resistant. Lanolin has natural antifungal and anti-bacterial properties that protect the sheep’s skin from infection. This causes the wool to repel bacteria, mildew, and dust mites, making it hypoallergenic and a great option for your precious little one. 
  • Merino wool fiber can draw in up to 30% of its own weight in moisture and will continue to stay dry to the touch. This effect known as wicking, pulls 10 times more moisture and sweat away from the skin; much more than synthetic fibers. This makes it a great option for hikers and skiers, or in our business, blankets!

Do you have any merino wool facts to share? We’d love to hear about them! Please comment below!

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