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How to Read a Knitting Yarn Label?

December 18, 2017

Knitting yarn labels pack a lot of information and you’ll need to know what it all means especially if you’re following a hand knitting pattern. Hand knitting patterns will tell you what kind of yarn to buy for that knitting project. But there are other reasons as well. For instance, you may want to substitute … Continue reading "How to Read a Knitting Yarn Label?" Read more

Knitting yarn labels pack a lot of information and you’ll need to know what it all means especially if you’re following a hand knitting pattern. Hand knitting patterns will tell you what kind of yarn to buy for that knitting project.

But there are other reasons as well. For instance, you may want to substitute the yarn that is called for in a pattern. You may also want a certain thickness.  All this information is wrapped neatly around your little ball of knitting yarn.

Below is what yarn labels say and what to look for:

Yarn Name: The largest and the most prominent letters on the labels are the knitting yarn/company name.

Yarn nameYarn Weight: The actual weight of the knitting yarn when packed is always listed.

Yarn weightColour and Dye Lot Number: Always check to ensure the dye lot numbers are the same.  Even though the colour may look exact it could be off just a tiny bit. If you can buy enough yarn for what you need in your project that would be great. It may be hard to match it up if you run out.

Knitting colour and dye lot numberLaundry Care: The next set of boxes show you the laundry care symbols; how should you wash your garment, do you need to iron your garment, etc.

Yarn laundry care

Knitting Needle Sizes: This section, the knitting needle symbol section, on knitting yarn labels is the part that knitters need to take a look at. On Vardhman Knitting yarn label below it’s the third box from the top. It gives you important knitting information for such things as needle size and thickness. You can see in the center is a pair of criss-cross needles with the number 9,10 (this is the needle number) at the top and 3.75-3.25 mm (this is the needle thickness) below. This is the suggested knitting needle size you should knit this particular knitting yarn with.

Knitting needles Any “X” on any laundry symbol means “do not”.

Now that you know so much about your knitting yarn, get started already!

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Master the Art of Knitting with these Five Easy Hacks

January 31, 2017

If you’re looking to know how to get a smooth and even fabric, and you’re ready to level-up your knitting knowledge to become a better knitter, you have landed yourself at the right place. Now, let’s get cracking on becoming a pro knitter![...] Read more

If you’re looking to know how to get a smooth and even fabric, and you’re ready to level-up your knitting knowledge to become a better knitter, you have landed yourself at the right place.

Now, let’s get cracking on becoming a pro knitter!

1) First things first, always start with good quality yarn

Yarn is the heart and soul of your knitting. Good quality yarn will result in producing better products, which you are excited to wear and proud to gift. So, buy the best you can afford. It is absolutely worth it!

2) Check your work regularly

Checking your work regularly is the best way to identify mistakes as soon as they happen. Do this often and you’ll start noticing mistakes sooner rather than later. This can save you a lot of time!

3) Finish your row

This is a quick tip. Always try to finish the row you’re working on before you put your knitting down. The tension may differ next time you keep up your knitting and that could be visible in the garment.

4) Read the pattern thoroughly

Always read the pattern thoroughly and try to understand the instructions and imagine yourself knitting each step. Try to understand how the garment is being constructed. This will help you in knitting smoothly.

5) Join new yarn at the beginning of a row

If possible, avoid joining new yarn in the middle of a row to avoid a noticeable hole and/or looser stitches at the join site.

In a culture in which we often expect immediate success, it is important to remember that expertise is developed over time. We must have patience with ourselves as we try, fail, learn, and grow. Have patience and you shall succeed for sure!

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