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Old 05-06-2014, 12:28 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by maggiescornerdotorg View Post
Why do some patterns state quantity of yarn by "ball" instead of yards or meters? It is very frustrating to me, it seems that the most accurate way to state how much yarn a pattern takes would be to give the measurement, not a term like "ball" that could be various measurements!
Going back to the original question regarding WHY some designers might do this: if a designer has received yarn support from a specific manufacturer, it may be part of the support contract that s/he specify that brand.

It then follows (from the mfr's point of view) that withholding the specific yardage will yield a captive audience who will be coerced (per this line of thinking) into buying that mfr's yarn, X balls/skeins of it, plus the extra ball/skein that we usually buy "just in case."

But now I'm confused: what information did the designer provide so that there was enough to purchase the correct yarn, yet not enough to look it up in Ravelry (e.g., the previous "Plymouth Encore" example provided)? Since we're pretty sure it was *not* Lion Brand, and since they cover the gamut of weight classes (and give us everything we need to know ), let's use some of their lines as examples. I've taken these from the LionBrand "Yarns by Weight" page.

Weight Class #1 (fingering weight): Lion Brand Sock-Ease. 3.5 oz/100 g. 438 yd/400 m

Weight Class #2 (sport weight): Vanna's Glamour. 1.75 oz/50 g. 202 yd/185 m

Weight Class #3 (DK weight): Vanna's Sequins. 1.75 oz/50 g (157 yd/144 m)

Weight Class #4 (worsted weight): Heartland. 5.00 oz/142 g (251 yd/230 m)

Weight Class #5 (bulky weight): Alpine Wool. 3.00 oz/85 g (93 yd/85 m)

Weight Class #6 (super bulky weight): Jiffy Thick & Quick. 5.00 oz/140 g (84 yd/76 m)

What info was provided on the pattern in question? What was not?

thx; I'm just trying to figure this out for myself.
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