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How to Read a Yarn Label

How to Read a Yarn Label

For this edition of Find Out Friday, I’m going to teach you how to read a yarn label. This might seem strange, but it will make sense very soon for a Loom Knitting Tutorial series.

Why Read a Yarn Label?

Excellent question! Yarn labels are very important to me as a loom knitter for several reasons. They will:

  • Tell you the bulk/weight of the yarn. Some projects are better with lower weight, some are better with bulky. For example, hats knit up much faster with bulky weight. Finer projects, like the hair bow in my Etsy shop is made with a fine yarn weight, because it’s a more delicate project.
  • Care instructions. This is so important to keeping your finished project in tip-top shape. If you’re going to give your finished project as a gift or sell it, you should definitely tell the recipient how to take good care of their knitted item.
  • Material. Some projects require cotton, some acrylic, etc, so it’s good to know what you’re working with.
  • Color and Lot Number. This is VERY important if you need to use multiple skeins of yarn for a project. Dyed batches of yarn can come out slightly different, so if you want a uniformly colored project, you need to match lot and color numbers.

How to Read a Yarn Label

So for this tutorial we’re going to read a Lion Brand Yarns label. This is the same yarn I’ll be using in the tutorial next week.

Skein of Yarn - Care Instructions 1

Above the QR Code, you can see that this is 100% Acrylic yarn.

Now, for the symbols, we’re reading the top row first from left to right, then the bottom:

  1. Yarn Weight. This yarn in particular is 6, Super bulky. Yarn weight can go from 0 to 6. Many people use two strands of 4 weight (also called worsted weight) yarn in loom knitting projects.
  2. Knitting Gauge. Doesn’t apply to us as loom knitters, but is good to know for traditional knitters. This label is telling us that we’ll get 9 stitches and 12 rows in a 4×4 inch square of work.
  3. Crocheting Gauge. The same information that knitters need is placed on the label for crocheters. In this case, it’s 6.6 stitches, and 8 rows.
  4. Washing Instructions. This particular yarn needs to be washed in water under 86 Degrees Fahrenheit. Always be sure to follow the instructions or it’ll make your project really fuzzy.
  5. Bleaching. The X through the triangle is telling us that bleach is a big no-no.
  6. Drying Instructions. Upon first glance, this symbol doesn’t seem to tell us much. However, when you decode it at the Lion Brand Yarn Care Symbol page, it tells us that it can be tumble dried normal.
  7. Ironing Instructions. So here’s that X through a symbol again, telling us not to iron this yarn. Sometimes it’s necessary to steam iron a knit item to prevent it from curling, but that’s a technique for another time.
  8. Dry Cleaning Instructions. Should you ever decide to dry clean your item, this symbol means it’s dry cleanable with any solvent. Also found on the Lion Brand Yarn Care symbol page.

And finally, you’ll see the little blurb about being sure to watch dye lot numbers. The color of this yarn is #201, and Lot 38914. If you did a project like a scarf that required multiple skeins of yarn, this is good information to keep your project color uniform.

Color and Dye Lot

And there you have it! You now know how to read a yarn label! Come back next Find Out Friday, and I’ll teach you how to make a simple loom knit hat. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week!



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