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How Bare Yarn is Made: Carding and Combing

By Gina Rockenwagner on October 23, 2020

the carding and combing process

Next up in our behind the scenes at our mill video series, get to know the carding and combing process! This process is a vital step in making bare yarn. Once the fiber is washed, or scoured, it moves on to the carding and combing machines. The carding and coming process is essentially a series of small brushes that comb the fibers like a hair brush. Since the fibers that go into KNOMAD yarns are so tiny, they need to go through several rounds of carding and combing before they are ready to move on to the next step, the spinning process. After the fiber has completed the carding and combing process, all the fibers are perfectly combed and parallel. Fiber at this stage in the process is called a top or a bump.

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How Bare Yarn is Made: Carding and Combing

How Bare Yarn is Made: Carding and Combing




Gina Rockenwagner

Gina Fama Röckenwagner (she/her) is a color-obsessed knit designer and textile artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her work has been featured in Vogue Knitting, Pom Pom Quarterly, and Purl Soho’s eponymous blog. She founded her line of soft, comfortable, and size-inclusive clothing, SOFT HAUS, in 2015. When not working on yarn-related endeavors, Gina can be found quilting, biking, baking and watching trashy tv with her cats, Paloma and Blooper.

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