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with Clara Parkes
Online Class

Know Your Yarn: Choose the Perfect Yarn Every Time

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Join acclaimed author Clara Parkes for comprehensive guidance on identifying and choosing the yarn you need for the project you want! Find out the meaning of fiber terms such as staple, crimp, luster and micron. Then, discover the benefits and challenges of fiber from sheep, alpaca, goats, rabbits and other animals. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of plant fibers: cotton, linen, hemp and bamboo. Explore the strengths and weaknesses for different silks, as well as for synthetic fibers. Clara will even demystify the different types of twist and why they matter. Finally, get tips for identifying mystery stash yarns, evaluating yarn from your local shop and much more. Match the right yarn to the right pattern with confidence and create projects you're thrilled with every time!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h30m

Included in this Class

1. Overview & Fiber Terms

1. Overview & Fiber Terms

Meet your instructor, Clara Parkes, and dive right into fiber terminology and the key qualities that affect how yarn looks, feels and reacts.

2. Four-Legged Fibers

2. Four-Legged Fibers

Clara reviews the different types and qualities of fibers that come from mammals, including sheep, camels, alpacas, goats and more.

3. Plants, Caterpillars & Test Tubes

3. Plants, Caterpillars & Test Tubes

Learn about the many non-mammal fibers that can make yarn: plant-based fibers such as cotton; silk from silkworms; and synthetic fibers.