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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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