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  • One Ball Makes a Shawl!

    We've got something for knitters and crocheters that love to make shawls! Shawl in a Ball was created for beginner shawl makers and experts alike. The self-striping brushed acrylic, run with a 100% cotton slub, has the look and feel of silk mohair. And at 518 yards, you only need one ball to make a gorgeous shawl!

    Get a first look at this exciting new yarn!


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  • Did You Know...? All About Yardage

    Looking at yarn requirements for a pattern can be confusing and, especially if you need to substitute yarns, trying to decide how much yarn you will need can be overwhelming. Often a pattern will call for a number of balls of a particular yarn and may or may not include additional information about those balls, such as the number of yards per ball or the weight* of each ball. BUT did you know that the only number you really need to know is the total yardage required for the project?

    The number of balls required is useful if you are using the yarn called for in the project (and for working the math to determine total yardage), but otherwise can be misleading. The weight of each ball is almost useless for determining how much yarn you will need if you are substituting as different fibers, different thicknesses and even different yarn styles of the same fiber can have wildly different yardages for the same weight.

    Let’s take a look at a few different Lion Brand yarns that have the same weight per ball but widely varying yardage. Pay close attention to the differences in fiber and weight category:

    Vanna’s Choice (per ball): 3.5 oz, 170yds, category 4, 100% acrylic

    Baby’s First (per ball): 3.5oz, 120yds, category 5, 55% Acrylic/45% Cotton

    Cotton-Ease (per ball): 3.5oz, 207yds, category 4, 50% cotton/50% acrylic

    LB Collection Organic Wool (per ball): 3.5oz, 185yds, category 4, 100% organic wool

    LB Collection Superwash Merino (per ball): 3.5oz, 306yds, category 3, 100% Superwash Merino

    Let’s say your pattern called for 5 balls of Cotton Ease, but you’d rather use Vanna’s Choice. These are both category 4 yarns, so substituting should be pretty straightforward (though you will , of course, want to do a gauge swatch). However, even though the Vanna’s Choice balls weigh the same as the Cotton-Ease balls, if you buy the “5 balls” required by your pattern, you’ll end up being about 185yds short – that’s more than another full ball of the Vanna’s Choice!

    Just remember when you’re thinking about how much yarn you need for a pattern that yardage is what it’s all about when you’re deciding how much to buy and you’ll be all set.

    For more on substitution and figuring out how many balls of a different yarn you will need when substituting, see our FAQ by clicking here.

    *Please note that “weight” here refers to the actual ounces per ball, not the thickness of the yarn

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