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The Spider
07-02-2006, 08:56 PM
Please excuse the newbie question (oh, there will be plenty more, trust me), but what is the difference between a skein and a ball of yarn. If a pattern calls for two skeins, is that the same as two balls? If not, is there some sort of equivalency chart for this kind of thing?

07-02-2006, 09:00 PM
There are no stupid questions! ;)

Skeins, balls and hanks are all the same thing - they are just different ways of "winding" the yarn.

If you are looking to pick a different yarn than suggested in the pattern just look for the yardage needed and the weight of the yarn.

I hope this helps!

Jan in CA
07-02-2006, 09:01 PM
A skein can be either a ball or a hank of yarn. It is just a general term for the yarn you buy.

If a pattern calls for two balls you need two skeins. Check yardage though on the pattern if it says because different yarns have different yardages.

07-02-2006, 09:05 PM
Some yarns come 'unwound', though. Those have to be wound into balls before using.

The Spider
07-02-2006, 09:12 PM
Whoohoo! Thanks a bunch!