Is Lambswool Itchy? (And What To Do About It!)

If there is one fabric is wrapped in a cloak of misinformation, it is wool. And more specifically, lambswool.

I remember when I first got to know about the concept of lambswool, I was confused, amused and bemused at the same time (I really should become a poet).

I don’t want you guys to go through the same experience. Therefore, I decided to create *the best* resource for virgin wool on the entire internet. Lambswool is also called virgin wool, and I will be using both terms in this article.

So, here are all your lambswool questions answered.

Is Lambswool Itchy?

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Lambswool, if treated properly, is not itchy. Wool as fabric, in general, tends to be itchier than most others. But this is not always the case – merino wool is not itchy at all.

In my personal experience, lambswool sweaters tend to be less itchy than traditional wool, but itchier than merino wool sweaters. But if you are wearing a shirt underneath, there is practically no difference.

What is Virgin Wool?

First, a dumb joke.

Where does virgin wool come from? Ugly sheep.

Virgin wool, or lambswool, is simply the wool taken from a lamb’s first shearing. This first lot of wool from a lamb is the finest and softest wool that will be taken from the sheep during its lifetime.

Lambswool sweater from Brooks Brothers
Lambswool sweater from Brooks Brothers

Earlier (WW2 era), virgin wool was any wool that had not been recycled. But in modern times, it is used to refer to only the first wool that is obtained from a sheep.

Virgin wool, like merino wool, can be considered an elevated version of traditional wool. It is softer, warmer, and finer than regular wool.

How To Make Lambswool Itch-Free?

To make lambswool itch-free, you need to take proper care of it.

Lambswool should be hand-washed in cold water, but try to keep the washing to a minimum. Much like denim, wool does not need to be washed after every wear. Twice a season is enough.

Lambswool can also be machine washed. However, this method is not preferable because shrinkage of fabric can happen. To avoid it, don’t put wool clothing in the dryer.

Do not dry clean your lambswool. Dry cleaning involves harsh chemicals which can make your sweater lose its shape.

Is Lambswool soft?

Lambswool is much softer than normal wool.

Remember, lambswool is the softest wool that a sheep would ever produce. When passing it through the touch test, I felt virgin wool to be much closer to merino wool in terms of feel, rather than regular wool.

Is Virgin Wool good for summer?

Not really. Virgin wool is not the best fabric when it comes to facing the summer heat. You should go for more breathable fabrics like linen, rayon, etc.

But it is much better than regular wool in terms of breathability. So if you have to, wear virgin wool rather than regular wool in the summers.

A printed sweater
A sweater which is not from Brooks Brothers this time.

Does Virgin Wool stretch?

Virgin wool is much more stretchy than traditional wool. It is softer and it’s fabric is more ‘looser’ for the lack of a term.

Thus, while normal wool, whose fibers are coarser, may tear after stretching just a bit, virgin wool stretches according to your body and thus fits very well.

Another sweater by Brooks Brothers
Another sweater by Brooks Brothers… I swear this is not sponsored.

Is Lambswool warm?

Lambswool has a lot of insulating properties. It is very warm, but not as warm as traditional wool.

Since the fibers of traditional (non-virgin) wool are thicker, they manage to insulate the body a lot better than virgin wool.

However, compared to other fabrics such as cotton, linen, and rayon, lambswool is very warm.

Is Lambswool expensive?

Lambswool tends to be more expensive than regular, traditional wool.

Because the supply of virgin wool is very less (virgin wool can be obtained only once from a sheep), and the demand for it is in huge numbers, the price has steadily been rising upwards.

A good lambswool sweater costs anywhere between 50$ and 350$.

Is Lambswool sustainable?

Wool is an animal fabric. It is completely biodegradable, and is much better in terms of sustainability than fabrics such as nylon and polyester.

It is not as sustainable as cotton though. But pretty sustainable in general in terms of fabrics.

Is Lambswool the same as Merino Wool?

No, there are some key differences between lambswool and merino wool.

Lambswool is the wool that is taken from the first shearing of a sheep. Merino wool is the wool that comes from a specific type of sheep – merino.

Can you dye Virgin Wool?

Yes, you can dye virgin wool. But the process is not so simple. Virgin wool cannot be dyed the way cotton or silk can. There’s a special procedure to do this dyeing process.

If you are interested, we recently covered this topic in a separate article. You can check out the complete procedure here.

Does Lambswool pill?

No, lambswool does not pill.

It is the finest wool that can come from a sheep. It has soft fibers. In general, coarse fibers tend to attract more dust material (this is what the process pilling is).

Due to soft fibers, virgin wool attracts little to no pilling.

Does Lambswool keep you warm?

Just like normal wool, lambswool also has great insulating properties. It will keep you very warm.

Remember that lambswool is just the enhanced version of normal wool. If wool keeps you warm, lambswool will keep you warmer.

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