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Types of yarn are defined by fiber content, by texture, and by weight.

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Wpi stands for wraps per inch and is a term used to describe yarn weight. To measure wpi, wrap yarn in a single layer around a stick so that the strands are just touching at the edges. measure an ...

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Worsted-weight yarn is the most commonly used in the United States. This yarn is used for afghans, winter sweaters, and many other items. Most knitters use this yarn at a gauge of 4 to 5 stitches per ...

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Wool is a natural fiber that comes from sheep. The quality of wool depends upon the age and breed of sheep. Lambswool and merino wool are among the softest. Wool is popular for knitting because it ...

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Sport yarn is heavier than fingering and lighter than worsted. It is generally knit at about 6 stitches per inch.

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Sock yarn is usually fingering weight, although sport yarn is used for heavier socks. Sock yarn often is blended with a small amount of nylon for strength, although some sock yarns come with ...

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Silk yarn is made from the fibers spun by the silkworm. This lustrous fiber is beautiful, yet strong. For knitting, silk is often blended with mohair, wool, or rayon.

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Plarn is a term coined to describe "plastic yarn." Thrifty crafters have created items knit from plastic grocery bags.

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