03 Jan

Crocheting doesn’t have to be complicated, but it definitely can be. If you're new to crocheting, or just a little rusty it can be very overwhelming.
In this article I’m going to guide you through reading a label on a skein of yarn. Maybe you just want to start a new hobby, or it’s been several years, don’t worry I’m here to help!
There are thousands of types of yarn, (unless you're at a normal craft store and you have a few isles haha) but honestly there really are a lot of different types. You might find yourself grabbing for a color that attracts your attention rather than searching by product type. (Don’t worry we all do it). However it’s really important to look at the label before just grabbing an arm load even though it’s tempting. Here’s why:

Dye Lot numbers:

Each skein belongs to a lot number which tells us the color batch. So for instance if you need 3 skeins for a project you want all of the same lot numbers to ensure they’re all the same color as some skeins with different lot numbers can vary in color.


On every label, there is (or should be) a yardage listed and pay attention to this information. The reason why is, many patterns will list the estimated yardage you will need to complete the pattern so the yardage listed on the label helps you figure out how much yarn, how many skeins, you have to buy. 

This image shows the yardage, and the weight and this particular one does not have a dye lot number. It also includes care instructions for laundering items made with the yarn.


Typically when someone says weight they think in pounds, or heaviness. To some degree when talking about yarn that’s still held to be true. Yarn comes in multiple plys, 4-ply, 3-ply, 2-ply, worsted weight. Usually 4-ply is most common, commonly sold at stores and commonly used in patterns.
Here’s a chart to help illustrate it better.

I hope this helped you or maybe you learned something new! See you on Thursday. :)

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