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While shopping our website or catalogs, you’ll always be able to find the most important information listed in an abbreviated way, but the yarn’s ball band or label will always have more information than we can provide. We’re here to help you get more comfortable with all of the information on your yarn label!


Brand and Name (1)

The yarn’s name and brand are almost always front and center.

Fiber Content (2)

What is this yarn made of, and how much of each fiber is present? Usually given in percentages.

Color and Dye Lot (3)

This tells us what the color and shade number are, as well as the yarn’s dye lot. Yarns can vary from shade to shade, even within the same color! The dye lot is important - it tells us that these skeins were all dyed at the same time, so the shade should be uniform throughout our entire project.

Weight, Yardage and Gauge

  • The weight (4) - how much the yarn physically weighs. Usually given in grams or ounces
  • The yardage (5) - how much length there is in a skein. Usually given in yards and meters, and directly corresponds with the physical weight of the skein. Finer yarns and fiber contents - think laceweight, fingering weight, or even some common lofty mohair blends - generally weigh less, but tend to have greater yardage
  • The gauge (6) - usually measured over 4in or 10cm, the gauge can be presented in a little grid as shown, or simply listed on the label. It tells us how many stitches in each inch, and how many rows are in each inch of knitting or crocheting. It’ll also give us the suggested needle and hook sizes.

Pro tip: Did you purchase a sweater quantity of yarn you love but don’t have a project in mind yet? Swatch it! Knit or crochet at least 6”, wash as directed, and lay totally flat to dry. Once you’ve measured your gauge, you can use a site like Ravelry to find a project that fits your gauge and yardage!

Care Instructions (7)

These instructions may be written out, or given as symbols. At WEBS, we generally suggest handwashing all of your handmade garments to best preserve your beautiful stitchwork, however, many yarns are machine-washable, and some can even stand up to the dryer! Check your label! Is it hand wash only? Machine wash gentle or regular? Does it need to be dry cleaned?

Additional Information (8)

This may include the yarn’s source (where it was made), and manufacturer’s information.