Online Class

Know Your Yarn: Choose the Perfect Yarn Every Time

$39.99

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.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class materials, including a stash-busting hat pattern and fiber guide
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Clara Parkes
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Overview & Fiber Terms
20:36
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
20:22
3. Plants, Caterpillars & Test Tubes
19:06
4. Considering Twist I
24:40
5. Considering Twist II
21:33
6. Yarn in the Wild
19:50
7. Final Thoughts
23:51

Recommended with this class

  • Yarn from your stash
  • US 7 or 8 (4.5 or 5 mm) needles

Taught by

Clara Parkes
Clara Parkes
More than a decade ago, Clara Parkes left San Francisco's high-tech hubbub to build a quieter, more creative life on the coast of Maine. Today, her best-selling books include The Knitter's Book of Yarn, The Knitter's Book of Wool and The Knitter's Book of Socks. Clara has been named a member of Vogue Knitting's "New Wave." She is the publisher of KnittersReview.com and is a frequent contributor to Twist Collective. She has appeared regularly as the "yarn expert" on Knitting Daily TV. Clara loves to help knitters improve their understanding of the materials they use every day.
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