You can find out more about yarn weights, including a table of the different terms here. Some of the technologies we use are necessary for critical functions like security and site integrity, account authentication, security and privacy preferences, internal site usage and maintenance data, and to make the site work correctly for browsing and transactions. Looks like you already have an account! This is why each batch created is given a dye, represented by a number. You may find that your yarn has random stretched out pieces and thinner pieces because the fibers were squished. The most common yarn band material is cotton. Ball Capacity: up to 17.5 oz. Most yarn winders are hand-cranked, allowing you to control the speed. Swatching, not searching in last post. Like so many things in the yarn world, there are no universal terms for yarn weights and there is variation within the same weight classes, just to make things harder! I’m taking about the kind of stuff that once you know it, you forget there was a time that you didn’t! The durable design uses high-quality yarn to create balls of varied densities. Some brands will only have a colour number, I wonder if this is a hangover from when yarn was more commonly sold wholesale to fabric manufacturers and the processes in the mills have not changed. Since yarn is sold by weight and not by yardage no two skeins of yarn will have the exact same yardage. Set where you live, what language you speak, and the currency you use. If you don’t understand the yarn that you’re knitting with, you can start to feel stuck. Yarn lengths are usually measured in yards or meters, and this information is usually found on the pattern you are working with and/or your ball band. That's why this yard yardage calculator method below saves me tons of time. Mar 03. Reply. They clamp onto the table surface and have a center spool that holds the yarn. On most yarn labels you will find the weight of the entire skein/hank/ball in ounces or grams as well as (hopefully) the yardage of (or meters in) that skein. It may be hard to notice any difference when the yarn is balled up, but you will notice when you see that one sleeve of your sweater differs slightly in colour from the rest! Most ball bands will come with a recommendation of what knitting needle size you should use. How to read a ball band – understanding and using yarn wrap information, YouTube video discussing your yarn name here, (you can read more about this in the ‘what yarn should I use?” blog post), find out more about yarn weights, including a table of the different terms here, It’s all about that drape, ‘bout that drape, no treble… How to find the right drape in crochet fabric. Fundamental tools for dyers, weavers, and spinners, ball winders and swifts are important tools for crocheters and knitters too. Wind small to really large balls of yarn quickly and effortlessly with this amazing, simple to use Ball Winder. But for those of you who are interested in helping the band and still are comfortably able to do so, you can pay a dollar, you can pay a hundred dollars, you can pay a cool million if ya want to. Using a hand-operated yarn baller Put the skein or hank on a swift. Downloadable yarn label and skill level symbols. I hope you find this useful and had one or two ah-ha moments! You might notice that most ball bands have the wraps per inch, or WPI, indicated. There was a problem subscribing you to this newsletter. Although for me, the yarn weight class and hook size give me more of an idea! If you want your project to look and drape like the original, you need to choose a similar fiber.