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Old 01-07-2008, 10:23 PM   #1
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silly question - breaking yarn
Is breaking the yarn the same as cutting it?
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Old 01-07-2008, 10:36 PM   #2
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Well, if yours is a silly question, I'm afraid mine might be a silly answer...but I believe a lot of people actually do just break the yarn rather than cutting it...but for myself, I don't seem very good at it,and so I cut it. Also, if it's something that needs weaving in with a yarn needle, I find it much easier to thread the needle if I've cut, rather than broken the yarn.

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Old 01-07-2008, 10:50 PM   #3
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how do you break it??
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Old 01-07-2008, 11:05 PM   #4
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how do you break it??
You pull it until it breaks.
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Old 01-07-2008, 11:19 PM   #5
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Seems simple, right? I have yet to be able to "break" any yarn. Hands, teeth, and might have all been called into action to no avail. I honestly wish I could break yarn rather than always having to dig out scissors every time.
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It's an old fashioned term I think; maybe more people used thin yarn back then, it was easier to break off.
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No question is silly I believe that breaking yarn is the same as cutting it. I am a new knitter also but I believe that is correct
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Old 01-08-2008, 05:55 PM   #8
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I've found most acrylic yarns break pretty easily. Usually I cut the yarn as opposed to "breaking" the yarn; I personally don't like the frizziness when you break the yarn.

Also, Clover has a yarn cutter pendant that I just LOVE! When I lost my first one, I went to store after store until I found's awesome about the pendant is well, it's a find something sturdy to thread through the top of the pendant and wear it around your neck!
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