What yarns are popular for sweaters in South America

Acrylic blended yarns remain the most widely used type of yarn for sweater manufacturing in South America. Viscose core spun yarns are an intriguing option for South American sweater manufacturers.

What Yarns Are Popular for Sweaters in South America?

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    Acrylic Blends Still Dominate

    Acrylic blended yarns remain the most widely used type of yarn for sweater manufacturing in South America. Acrylic is affordable, easy to care for, and can be blended with other fibers like polyester, nylon and wool to optimize properties. Popular options include acrylic core spun yarn with blends such as 40% acrylic/30% polyester/30% nylon. These provide good durability and stretch recovery at lower costs than natural fibers. Acrylic also comes in a wide range of colors to meet South American fashion trends.

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    • Anti-pilling
    • light and fluffy
    • glossy
    • Saturation


    • Sweater
    • Sock
    • Sheet
    • Sofa cover
    • Scarf
    • Gloves

    The Rise of Natural Fibers

    While acrylic dominates, natural fibers like wool, cotton and viscose are gaining popularity for sweaters in South America. Consumers increasingly want breathable, temperature-regulating and eco-friendly yarns. Merino wool is exceptionally soft and resists pilling. Pima cotton has a luxurious feel. Bamboo viscose is moisture-wicking and soothing on skin. Blends marry benefits of naturals and synthetics. A wool/acrylic blend makes wool more affordable. Modal and TENCEL viscose balance softness with durability.

    Viscose Core Spun Yarn Gaining Popularity

    Viscose core spun yarns are an intriguing option for South American sweater manufacturers. Viscose fibers provide brilliant color definition, softness and breathability. But viscose's weakness is low abrasion resistance. Core spinning with polyester or nylon boosts strength and durability while retaining viscose's aesthetic properties. Common core yarns are 50% viscose/28% polyester/22% nylon. The blend reduces pilling versus pure viscose. It also creates vivid, heathered looks during dyeing. Core spinning offsets viscose's weaknesses at a reasonable cost.

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    • Excellent performance of filament core yarn
    • Excellent performance of outer short fiber


    • Sweaters
    • Socks
    • Sheet
    • Sofa cover
    • Scarf
    • Gloves
    • Hats

    Nylon: Versatility and Durability

    For performance sweaters, South American brands often turn to nylon blended yarns. Nylon provides outstanding durability, elasticity, wrinkle resistance and shape retention. It is extremely versatile - blends well with wool, cotton, acrylics. Adding just 20-30% nylon to other fibers enhances longevity and resilience. Nylon core spun with viscose is also growing in popularity. And nylon's innate properties mean it accepts dyes readily for brilliant, saturated color. Its durability also makes nylon ideal for high-traffic commercial environments.


    72% Viscose 28% PBT Blended Yarn


    • Soft, comfortable, durable, elastic.
    • Suitable for t-shirts, underwear, linings.
    • Viscose for breathability, PBT for shape retention.
    • Balances natural and synthetic fibers for comfort and longevity.
    • Less tangling compared to all-viscose yarns.


    • Intimates
    • Base layers
    • T-shirts
    • Underwear
    • Linings

    Trending Colors and Styles

    South American consumers love self-expression through fashion. Bright, saturated hues are perennial favorites. Pastels and muted tones are also growing in popularity. Ombre effects and color blocking provide ways to combine multiple shades. Chunky knits are trending, along with novel textures like bouclé, ribbed and cable knits. Sweaters follow silhouette changes - oversized, cropped and tunic lengths come and go. Yarns with sheen, sequins and metallic effects add eye-catching flair. Sweater makers must constantly update inventory to align with shifting trends.

    Choosing the Right Yarn Weight

    Sweater yarn weights are categorized from laceweight to bulky based on thickness. South American brands select weights to suit the garment design and target climate. Lightweight yarns like DK are popular for all-season sweaters in mild regions. Medium worsted weights work well for classic pullovers and cardigans. Bulky and super bulky yarns create thick, insulating sweaters for colder climates. The weights and fiber content determine properties like drape, structure and warmth. Testing swatches is crucial to choosing the right yarn for the sweater style and purpose.

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    Core Spun Yarn Fixed Weight Packaging

    Optimizing Costs vs Quality

    South American brands need strategies to balance cost control and product quality:

    • Prioritize good value over lowest initial price - poor quality materials lead to defects and extra costs long-term.
    • Negotiate bulk purchase discounts from reputable suppliers. Plan ahead and buy at scale.
    • Engineer the product mix across price points - use premium yarns for high-end lines only.
    • Blend fibers strategically - small amounts of nylon or wool can enhance properties at modest cost.
    • Focus on efficiency in production and sourcing processes to avoid waste.
    • Build supplier relationships. Reliable partners help control expenses.
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    final core spun yarn moisture regain

    Working with South American Suppliers

    Strong partnerships with regional spinning mills and manufacturers is invaluable for sweater brands. Local suppliers have materials, expertise and infrastructure tailored for their market. They understand relevant trends, regulations and logistics. Building trust and sharing knowledge helps improve productivity and quality. Frequent communication, transparency and fair negotiations create positive long-term supplier relationships. Investing in these connections generates stability despite fashion's rapid fluctuations.

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    Managing Inventory and Lead Times

    Navigating volatile South American fashion requires careful inventory management. Demand forecasting, material procurement, production scheduling all help balance supply and sales. Lead times from yarn sourcing to sweater delivery are long - up to 6 months. Sales data, trend analysis and historical performance guide just-in-time ordering. Excess stock ties up working capital. Insufficient inventory misses sales opportunities. Ongoing analysis and planning reduces mismatch. Partnering with flexible, responsive suppliers also helps adapt to changes. The goal is having the right sweaters in the right volumes at the right time.

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    Supply Core Spun Yarn To Brazil on 2022-09-30


    What are the most commonly used yarns for sweaters in South America?

    Acrylic blended yarns are the dominant choice due to their affordability, easy care and wide availability. Popular options include acrylic/polyester/nylon core spun yarns.

    What natural fiber yarns are gaining popularity?

    Wool, cotton, and viscose yarns are increasingly sought after for their breathability, comfort and sustainability. Pima cotton, merino wool, and modal viscose are prime options.

    How can viscose be used more effectively for sweaters?

    Viscose core spun with polyester or nylon boosts the durability and pilling resistance compared to pure viscose. This maintains viscose's benefits at a reasonable cost.

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