If you’re new to knitting, it can sometimes be overwhelming to visit a yarn store or try to buy yarn online for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is understanding what yarn is best for the project you want to knit.
Maybe for your first couple of projects you can knit with the exact yarn called for in the pattern, but it’s not always possible to find the yarn used in a pattern, or you don’t like it or can’t afford it or whatever.
Choosing the right yarn depends on an understanding of the qualities of the original yarn were most important — like yarn weight, gauge and fiber content — and looking for a yarn that meets as many of those specifications as it can.
Vickie Howell has a video at CreativeLive that will help you read a yarn label and understand where to look for what you’re looking for so you can make the best choices when substituting yarns or picking yarn for a project you want to design (or, let’s be honest, to build up your stash).
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