How to Read a Yarn Label

How to Read a Yarn Label

Hi I’m Shira and I’m here to talk about how
to read a yarn label. Now there’s a lot of information on these yarn labels but I’m here
to break it all down for you so the next time you go into the store and you’re trying to
figure out information like fiber content or the weight of the yarn, yardage, or needle
size or hook size, you’re going to be a pro. So as you can see here, I have three different
types of yarn. They all have different fiber content, different yardages, and they’re all
different weights but I’m going to take the time to show you how to find out that information
on the label. So here I have Vanna’s Choice. This is a worsted weight yarn which means
it’s a 4 weight. So the way I find out about that information is we have this illustration
of a yarn ball right here with the number 4. And if I go to Homespun, You can see that
right here we have the same illustration with a number 5. And then, if I go to Wool-Ease
Thick and Quick, I have the same illustration with a number 6. When shopping for yarns and
for the pattern that you’re going to be making, it will always recommend a certain weight
of yarn. For your information, the weights range from 0 to 7. And the smaller the number,
the finer the yarn. In looking at Vanna’s Choice, you can see that there’s more information
on the label along with its weight size. There’s a part where it talks about its fiber content
where it says 100% acrylic. All different yarns are going to have different fiber contents.
It just so happens that Homespun and Vanna’s Choice are both 100% acrylic but right here
Wool-Ease Thick & Quick is 20% wool and 80% acrylic. Fiber content in a yarn is very important
because of three things: one, if you’re allergic to any of the fibers in the yarn, knowing
where to find that information is super important. Also, when making for a baby or a younger
child, you might not want to be using a 100% wool, especially for care instructions and
it might be a little itchy on their skin. And another reason, when you’re making seasonal
items like something for summer, maybe your go-to yarn shouldn’t be a 100% wool, maybe
a cotton or a cotton and acrylic blend. Continuing to look at the label, if you notice here,
there are two knitting needles and a crochet hook. Above that is the recommended need or
crochet hook size. Now, the most important thing is what I just said: recommended. It
doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to use a size 9 needle or a size J10 hook. That
is what is recommended and it might be a good starting point for you and something to help
gauge yourself when you’re picking out your needle or crochet hook. In order to buy the
right amount of yarn for your project, it’s important to be able to identify the yardage
of your yarn. Here on the label, we can see that Vanna’s Choice is 170 yards or 156 meters.
On your yarn label, you’re going to find your care instructions for how to take care of
your garment when you’re finally finished. Here on this label, you find the care symbols.
And you can see here that it’s machine washable and dryable. For more information about our
care symbols on all of our yarns, you can go to and the information will
be there. If you’re buying multiple balls of yarn for a project, you’re going to want
to make sure you have the same dyelot. The dyelot can be found stamped here on the label.
The yarn is dyed in different batches, or dyelots, so yarn from different lots can be
slightly different in their color. Dyelots are important because you know that when you
match your dyelots, your garment or pattern will end up being the same color throughout.
Now that you know how to read a yarn label, you’ll have a world of information at your


  • Lillysworld

    October 26, 2015

    LionBrand is one of my favourite yarn. Love.

  • N H

    October 26, 2015

    Awesome video,. Lion Brand is my favourite yarn. I have been using it for yours. This video was totally enjoyable. Everything looks so pretty, and you look absolutely radiant. It's like the whole set was built around you for you. Thanks for sharing. HUGS

  • JoyLynn82

    October 31, 2015

    I really needed this video. Especially when I only have 1 or 2 balls and I want to make sure I have enough.


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