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Yarn Care Symbols and What They Mean

Caring for your yarn and knitted items is essential. Bookmark this guide to yarn care symbols!

By: Brittnee Longnecker for
Yarn Care Symbols

Yarn care symbols can be confusing. When you see so many little markings on a package of yarn, it can be difficult to decipher what they all mean and how you should wash your knitted fabrics when you're done. But these symbols are standardized for a reason, and once you've learned their meanings, you'll be blocking, washing, and setting your fabrics with ease.

In order to make sure you care for your knitted piece as best as possible, take a look at this handy reference. You will find a straightforward explanation for all the most important symbols for yarn care in one place. Not only will you be able to tell how to wash the yarn, but you will also know whether it needs to be ironed, how to dry it, and even how to iron your garment. Feel free to print out this guide and bring it with you the next time you head to the craft store to buy yarn. Knowledge is power!

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Thank you for this. I know a lot of these care symbols also appear on some of my clothes, and I haven't ever bothered to figure out what they meant. Now, I don't have to. Score! Saving this for future use.

This is super helpful. I've always been mystified by fabric care symbols. I'm downloading this!

What a great way to decode confusing yarn labels! I will definitely print this and take it with me to the craft store.

Wow, this is amazing! Yarn care symbols (and clothing care symbols) are so confusing. This is amazingly handy. Bookmarking for later.


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