Knitting Needles & Yarn

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Choosing Yarn for Your Knitting Project

Yarns, garment shapes, and stitch patterns must work together for your knitting project to be successful. If you plan to knit a scarf or a blanket, go ahead and let the yarn you fall in love with dictate [more…]

Looking at Different Kinds of Knitting Needles

It won't surprise you that knitters have preferences when it comes to yarn, but it may surprise you that sometimes their preferences for needles are even stronger. You might like to knit on metal circular [more…]

Unraveling a Yarn Label

Whether packaged in a neat little ball, a long, log-like pull-skein, or a twisted skein or hank, all yarns come with a label that gives you valuable information about the yarn. All the information you [more…]

Looking at Yarn from the Inside Out

Yarns are made up of a wide variety of materials, ranging from synthetics such as acrylic, rayon, and nylon, to natural fibers including various wools, cottons, and silks. Plus, you can find numerous combinations [more…]

Types of Yarn Fibers

All types of yarn for knitting or crocheting are made from natural or synthetic fibers. Different types of yarn fibers have specific qualities — some good, some not so good. Often, manufacturers blend [more…]

Yarn Weight (Thickness)

Knitting and crochet yarns come in different weights, or thicknesses. The thickness of your yarn (among other factors) has a huge impact on the look of your knitted or crocheted fabric — and certainly [more…]

How to Read Yarn Labels

A yarn label has tons of vital information. But you need to know how to read the yarn label to understand what information it offers. Pay particular attention to [more…]

Types of Yarn Packaging

Yarn is packaged (or put up) in different forms: balls, skeins (rhymes with canes), and hanks. The differences in yarn packaging shouldn't have much effect on the yarn you choose, but the shape does determine [more…]

How to Wind a Hank of Yarn

If you buy yarn in hanks, you must wind that hank of yarn into a ball to prevent tangling. Winding hanks of yarn is pretty easy, but if you have lots of hanks to wind, ask at your yarn store if it offers [more…]

How to Choose Yarn for Your Project

When choosing yarn, remember that yarns, garment shapes, and stitch patterns must work together for a successful knitting or crochet project. Choosing yarn can be hard when there are so many yarn selections [more…]

Types of Knitting Needles

You can choose from three kinds of knitting needles: straight, circular, and double-pointed. The type of knitting needle you choose depends on how you plan to use it: [more…]

How to Join the Round on a Circular Needle

When you knit in the round on a circular needle, you first cast on, join the round, and then begin knitting. Joining simply means that when you work the first stitch, you bring the first and last cast-on [more…]

How to Join the Round on Double-Pointed Needles

When you’re knitting in the round on double-pointed needles, after you cast on, pattern instructions tell you to join and begin knitting. “Joining” simply means that when you work the first stitch, you [more…]

How Drape Affects Gauge, Yarn, and Needle Size

The desired drape of the fabric that you’re knitting will influence the gauge and the yarn and needle size you choose for your project. To decide on knitted drape, consider if you want the finished piece [more…]

Knitting: Estimating How Much Yarn You Need

If you're not working directly from a knitting pattern, then use this chart to estimate your yarn needs. This table shows you some typical knitting patterns and yardage approximations for a variety of [more…]

Selecting Knitting Needles

Knitting needles come in a stunning assortment of materials and sizes to mesh with your knitting style, the particular project you're working on, your aesthetics, and your budget. [more…]

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