The answer is pretty obvious – natural fibers are going to always be better than synthetic ones, right? Of course. Before we write off acrylic yarn completely though, let’s talk about the pros vs. cons.
Natural wool fibers can not be dismissed. This stuff has been keeping multitudes of animals and people warm and dry for eons. If you’re looking to knit some hard core work clothes, 100% natural wool is definitely your better option. It can and will likely last a very long time, and stand up to the elements. As long as wool bearing animal farms keep producing healthy stock, it is a renewable resource. Also, the wool market has grown to include more than just sheep. Wool producers have turned to alpacas, goats and rabbits as well as yaks. Now really, what could be cooler than a yak farm?