Difference between Woolens and Worsteds Yarn

The differences between woolen and worsted yarns are as follows:
Woolen fabrics have a soft feel and fuzzy surface, very little shine or sheen, will not hold a crease, and are heavier and bulkier than worsteds. Blankets, scarves, coating, are from woolen yarns. Worsted wool is smoother than woolen, takes shine more easily, does not sag, holds a crease well, is lighter and less bulky, and wears longer than woolen. Fine worsted wool is even seen in clothing for athletics.
woolen Yarns
Woolen Yarns
Woolen and worsted are two different classifications of wool fabrics and yarn. The table below lists some of their properties:

Difference between Woolen and Worsted Yarn:
Woolen Processing Worsted Processing
Spun from wool fibres of:
  • Length : spun from short fibres of 1-3”
  • Diameter: medium or coarse
The fibres are washed, scoured and carded.
Spun from wool fibres of:
  • Length : longer than 3”
  • Diameter: fine diameter
Fibres are washed, scoured, carded, combed and drawn
  • Bulky
  • Uneven
  • Low to medium slack twist
  • Tensile strength lower than worsted
  • Fine
  • Smooth
  • Even
  • Tighter twist
  • Higher tensile strength
Fabric Appearance
  • Soft
  • Fuzzy
  • Heavier weight
Fabric Appearance
  • Crisp
  • Smooth
  • Lighter weight
  • Insulator due to trapped air
  • Does not hold a crease well
  • Less durable than worsted
  • Less insulator
  • Holds creases and shape
  • More durable than woollens
  • Sweater
  • Carpets
  • Tweeds
  • Suits
  • Dresses
  • Gabardines
  • Crepes


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