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How To Choose the Right Yarn For a Knitting Project

Watch more How to Knit videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to choose the right yarn for a knitting project with these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Consider fibers Consider the different fibers. Do you want the scratchy but warm embrace of wool, or the futuristic feel of acrylic? Do you want your baby booties made from something incredibly soft, like angora, or easy to care for, like cotton? Step 2: Pick weight Pick a yarn weight. Thinner yarns require smaller needles and more stiches per inch. Thick yarns need fewer stitches but lack precision. Go for something in the middle of the range if you're just beginning. Tip Many popular yarns have interesting textures--knotty, frizzy, and even lacy--that can be tempting, but a simple yarn that's not too slippery will be easier for novice knitters to manipulate. Step 3: Choose length Decide how you want to buy the yarn: it comes in balls, skeins, and hanks. Balls and skeins are naturally easy to work with. If you're getting it in a hank, ask an employee to wind it into a ball for you--you don't want accidental knots! Step 4: Start your project Now go start your project. There's no time like the present. You know what they say: "A stitch in time..." Did You Know? The phrase "to spin a yarn" means to tell a story, and was first used by sailors as they told stories while engaged in tasks around the ship.
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