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How to understand your yarn label in English and Spanish

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Most of the yarns you buy have a label, and understanding all the information on the label is essential. On the label you can see information about the materials of which the yarn is composed, the gauge, the crochet hooks recommended, the color and dye lot of the yarn, the care it requires, the amount of yarn it comes with and more.



All brands do not put the same information on labels, nor do they have the same way of putting the information about yarn.



Let’s take a closer look at what you can find on the label of your yarn ball.





It tells you the composition of your yarn, what materials it is made of and is usually shown in percentage (For example: 100 % Wool or 50 % Wool and 50 % Cotton).





Yarn Weight:

It shows the thicknes of the yarn. Some brands also show the WPI or wraps per inch. (For example: DK or Fingering).


 You must remember that depending on the origin of the yarn the denomination can be different, ussually in Spanish there are no standards for that like in English.


*If you want to know more about Yarn Weight in Spanish Click Here

* To know more about WPI CLICK HERE







This section shows you the amount of yarn in your yarn ball and its weight. The weight can be given in grams or ounces and the length can be given in meters or yards. Depending on the country of origin of your yarn it will be given in grams (gr) and meters (m) or in ounces (oz) and yards (yd).





Laundering Instructions:

It would be the necessary information to take care of your crochet garments in the right way. In other words, it tells you how to wash it by hand or by machine and how to dry it. 




There are some yarns that are Superwash, which in other words can be machine washed and can be machine washed because they have been treated with chemicals to make them stronger and machine washable. It also tells you whether the garment can be ironed or dry cleaned.



* If you want to know how to take care of your crocheted garments CLICK HERE






On the label you can see the gauge where it tells you how many stitches and rows fit in 10 cm or 4 in. This information is just to guide you a little. (Always take the time to make your gauge before you start your project, it is very important to get the right result) usually it gives this information for both knitting needles and crochet hooks.





Color and Dyelot:

This refers to the color of the yarn. They come on the label with a color number and the dye lot number. 



When buying yarn for a project you should buy all the skeins you need because even if it is the same color if they are from a different dyelot the shade may vary a little.










Important Vocabulary to Understand Yarn Labels


Now you have all the information you need to understand the label on your yarns. It’s time to pay attention to the information on the label, whether it’s the yarn you already have at home or the yarn you’re going to buy in the future.

I hope this information has been useful for you. If you have any questions you can ask me, I will be happy to help you.


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