View Full Version : What is the difference

01-09-2007, 02:48 PM
I just received a new book on knitting with a pattern I MUST do; and it says I need 4 hanks of a worsted yarn - I went to an online store and found exactly what they asked for - however - Here it comes! What is the difference between a HANK and a SKEIN?????? :doh:

Yes, I am relatively new to this knitting thing, and just want to make sure I don't purchase an extremely insane amount of yarn I will not use up on one project - yet not have enough of it to carry over to a 2nd project!

01-09-2007, 02:52 PM
A hank and a skein are just two different ways of wrapping a ball of yarn. As long as you know the yardage you will be fine. Most of the usual yarn that you would buy at Michael's or Wal-Mart and places like that are wound into skeins. Not any different (as far as I'm concerned) than a regular old ball of yarn. A hank is something like what's pictured here (http://cgi.ebay.ca/NEEDLEPOINT-100-WOOL-NANTUCKET-YARN-BLUE-GREEN-8-HANK_W0QQitemZ250070017559QQihZ015QQcategoryZ36599 QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohos ting).

Hope that helps.

01-09-2007, 03:03 PM
Aaaahhh....I didn't know the difference either :teehee: Good to know.

01-10-2007, 04:22 PM
I appreciate the answer greatly!! This stuff can get so confusing. I am off to investigate a local knit shop I was forunate enough to find while I searched online for a book!

This could get ugly/expensive!!

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