What Are Yarn Weights? A Quick Tip by Kristin Omdahl

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What Are Yarn Weights?

A Quick Tip by Kristin Omdahl

I get asked questions all the time about why two balls of yarn can weight the same but have different yardages. Watch this short video for a quick demonstration on why two balls of yarn can weigh the same but have different yardage:

Learning and understanding the standard yarn weight system is invaluable in case you choose to substitute a different yarn for the one referenced in a given pattern. Fiber content and personal tension (gauge) are also factors, but the first step in making a yarn substitution is learning about the yarn weights and what they mean. The symbols 0 – 7 are generally listed on a yarn label and that is a great way to substitute at a glance. Most yarn labels have this symbol listed, or the yarn company should be able to provide you with this information.

There are names that also describe each of those numbers. Please refer to the chart to learn how to identify a yarn both by the number and name, as a yarn label may or may not include both.

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