Podcast Episode 316: All About Yarn

Each project has a beginning. Sometimes inspiration starts with a new pattern, but our favorite knits always begin with a surprise “I have GOT to have that!” skein. Today’s episode includes our favorite ways to pick patterns when you’re starting from your stash.

First, Erica and Hannah discuss all the information on yarn labels! Each label has everything you need to know about a yarn if you know how to parse the mysterious lingo. (We’ve included a label here so you can follow along as we go through each section.) 

Next, Stacey and Lee share some hot tips and special considerations when you’re searching for the perfect project for a specific yarn. Whether you have a single mystery skein or a sweater quantity of yarn, we’ve got you covered. 

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Mentioned in This Episode:
Craft Yarn Council Standard Yarn Weight System
Ravelry Standard Yarn weight Guide
Knit Picks Customer Service Team
Yarn Substitution
Lee’s Projects and designs
Holding yarn triple
Cadence Collection
Alpaca Cloud
Comfy Color Mist
Busting the Stash

Episode Timestamps:
0:00 – Introduction with Hannah
0:53 – How to read a yarn label with Hannah and Erica
17:27 – How to decided what to do with yarn with Stacy and Lee
34:08 – Credits

As always, happy crafting!


  1. Marybeth / February 13, 2020

    The yarn substitution discussion was super helpful. I am always wondering “can I do this with….?” Now I have a better idea of how to do it properly!

    Any chance you are going to be at Stitches United in March?

  2. Katia / February 8, 2020

    Love your blog. Wish I could hang out with you! You ladies make me smile and laugh. Your energy is contagious 😊 Happy crafting 🧶

  3. Sally Bradshaw / February 7, 2020

    I have always been stumped at what to do with leftover yarn or projects I lost the patters to