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Know Your Yarn: Choose the Perfect Yarn Every Time

with Clara Parkes
The fastest way to become a better, more confident knitter is to understand your fiber! Learn how to choose the right yarn for the best results with fiber guru Clara Parkes.

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!

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Lesson 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.


Lesson 2. Four-Legged Fibers


Lesson 3. Plants, Caterpillars & Test Tubes


Lesson 4. Considering Twist I


Lesson 5. Considering Twist II


Lesson 6. Yarn in the Wild


Lesson 7. Final Thoughts

"Clara Parkes applies three things that make this class both a a joy to watch and a treasure trove of useful information her deep knowledge of the subject, her incredible way with words and her own passion for fiber. The combination makes viewers into smarter knitters and, if she has her way, committed swatchers. "
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