How to Read a Yarn Label

Wednesday’s have been dedicated to posting something that would be helpful to you. There is so much about Crocheting that goes beyond knowing the stitches and how to read a pattern. Although this is a good start; it is not where your knowledge should end.

This weeks lesson will be on knowing how to read a yarn label.

There is a wealth of information on a yarn label that most people overlook. Whenever I teach my beginning class I always take the time to make sure everybody can read a yarn label. Over the past fifteen years that I have taught I have discovered a lot of students had no idea what the things on the label meant.

Here is listed the top twelve items.

(This is my first time putting numbers on a picture; so please excuse my amateurish attempts.)

1. Yarn Brand: pretty much self explanatory.

2. Web Sight: this is the web Sight for the company where the yarn is made.

3. Yarn Content: This is what the yarn is made up of; in this case it is 100% Acrylic

4. Care Instructions: This is really import to know. You spend a lot of time crocheting
your project; learn how to wash it correctly to make it last to the next generation.
(Side note: whenever I crochet a gift for some one I always include the
washing instructions along with the gift.)

5. Length of yarn in ounces, grams, yards and meters

6. Dye Lot Number: This is a very important thing to know how to read. If there is a
dye lot number,I highly suggest you buy all the yarn you need for your project at
one time making sure you have the same dye lot number on all the skeins. This is
because not always possible to get the exact same color when mixing the dye. If the
dye lot number does not match the yarn has been known to be a color shade off.
If there is no dye lot number – it means the yarn will always match.

7. Company name and address

8. Yarn Weight: Important to know because the wrong yarn can totally change the
outcome of your project.
1 means (Lace) fingering 10-count crochet thread
2 means (Super fine) Sock, Fingering or Baby yarn
3 means (Fine) Sport or Baby yarn
4. means (Light) Light worsted Yarn
5. means (Medium) Worsted, Afghan or Aran Yarn
6. means (Bulky) Chunky, Craft or Rug Yarn
7. means (Super Bulky) Bulky or Roving Yarn

9. Gauge Information: Look closely at the symbol, and pay close attention to the
information along each side of, and in the inner square. These numbers shows the
average suggested hook and needles size, as well as about how many stitches are in
a 4″×4″ swatch.

10. Care Instruction: I have enclosed a link to expand all the symbols. Ask yourself this
question. Why go through all the trouble to crochet a project and not know how to
take care of it? Learning the care instructions and how to preserve any clothing
item is always a good policy.
http://cache.lionbrand.com/yarnCare.html

11. This let’s you know which side to pull the yarn out of the middle to start your
project to prevent entanglement. If you have ever started the yarn on the wrong
side of the yarn then you have already experienced why this is important.

12. Name and identifying number of color

I hope this was a big help to some of you and until next time; keep those hooks flying.

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About crochetwithpassion

I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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2 Responses to How to Read a Yarn Label

  1. LeeAnne says:

    This is great Pamela. I never knew what all the symbols were for though I have figured out what the weight was for.:) I think the cell phone holder is going to be for my mom so I am sure you will see it sometime>:) Thank you for the compliment, the Nativity sets were very fun to do and everyone enjoyed them.

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