Yarn is different? Oh, yes it is! I know that overwhelming feel of walking down the yarn aisle for the first time. “What do I need?” “What do I want?” “I wonder if this is a good one?” “What am I looking at?” “What should I get?” I’ve been there! I know exactly how you feel, and it’s completely okay. Actually, it’s normal. I’m going to take you on a fun adventure of learning yarn!
I’ll explain to you all about yarns in this video, although this post does go more in-depth.
Did you know all yarn isn’t one size?
Yeah, it’s not all the same size and I’m not talking about the size of yarn ball either. We won’t worry about that right now. Look around the yarn aisle. You may notice the thickness of the strand of yarn. That maybe one of the most important things to pay attention to.
I want to clear something up really fast. The thickness of yarn are measured in yarn weights, not to get confused with how much yarn is in a ball. In the chart below, I show you the different yarns. Almost every ball of yarn has a yarn weight name and number. Let’s focus on the number since they are easier. #1 is the smallest thickness, #7 is the biggest thickness. Each yarn label should have this information on the label. The yarn thickness names will vary depending on which country you are in. I am giving examples of American yarn thickness names. Look at my pattern you purchased to see what yarn weight to pick or if you don’t have a pattern, then pick a yarn weight.
#1 – Super Fine Weight Yarn
#2 – Fine Weight Yarn
#3 – Light Worsted Weight Yarn
#4 – Worsted Weight Yarn
#5 – Bulky Weight Yarn
#6 – Super Bulky Weight Yarn
|Yarn Weight Number||Yarn Weight Name|
Woohoo! You are on your way to getting your yarn. Hold on tight.
Next, I’m going to take you over to yarn fibers. Yarn fibers can be important as well, although most beginners don’t bother with it. It’s just like the fibers in your shirt. I could be acrylic, polyester, cotton, bamboo, silk, wool, alpaca. I’m sure I probably missed some, but these are the main ones you might come across. Fibers will vary in price and what your project is. You may want to search what each fiber offers if you are super interested in the fibers. If you are using my pattern, then this has already been selected and you don’t have to worry about it, as long as you use the same yarn.
I didn’t think about washing!
Again, this points back at fibers. How you wash it, will depend on what types of fibers you select. Below, I have provided a photo of where you will find this information on the yarn label.
I really don’t want to go here because it’s not as important anymore these days. Back in the day, before having high tech machines dye lots were really important. Now we have great machines to make sure the yarn weight and colors were the same, factory to factory. If you do want to match dye lots you can find this information on the yarn label, label dye lot #_____. Most stores have the same dye lot in stock since it was most likely shipped together.
Just like any product out there, there are different brands. Yarn companies maybe Lion Brand, Red Heart, Premier Yarns, Patons, Bernat, Caron, Lily Sugar ‘n Cream. This is personal choice, although it is already selected in the pattern, if you purchased my pattern.
The super fun part! Colors!
Woohoo! Congrats, you made it to the end! You are probably feeling a bit overwhelmed by now. It’s time to relax while picking which colors you want.
Once you have narrowed all of the above down, you can select the colors you will use! This is definitely the most fun part. There are no rules or guidelines when picking colors. Grab what you would like. If you really do want guidelines, you could use a color wheel to help.
How much yarn do I need?
In the United States, how much yarn you will need is measured in yards. If you look in the pattern you purchased from me, there will be how many yards you will need. Check the skein and make sure there are enough yards in the skein. If you need any more, then grab them. If the pattern changes colors, there will be an amount of yards for each yarn color.
If you find your yarn running off on you while working on your project, winding your yarn, and getting a yarn bowl is a great solution. Plus, if you need help finding a good crochet hook size to use with your yarn, click here.
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I’d love to know, what yarn are you going to use? Or do you have a favorite yarn you love to use?