Things to Look for When Shopping for Yarn Online
If you visit our brick and mortar store in downtown Chelan, you’ll step into a wooly wonderland filled wall to wall with color and texture…with a few wild sheep mixed in! We always prefer to see you in person and encourage a “touch before you buy” policy whenever possible. But what about those of you who can’t make it to the store? You’re in luck, because our online shop carries many of the same brands! Online shopping takes a little bit of extra attention to make sure you get exactly what you need, so we’ve prepared a guide for shopping for yarn online. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to give us a call at the store and we’ll answer any questions you may have.
The most important factor in purchasing the correct materials for your project is the size of your yarn. Weight refers to the thickness of the yarn and is an integral part of purchasing the correct yarn for your project. While there is a standard system for measuring yarn weight that includes thicknesses from 0 (lace weight) to 7 (jumbo weight,) you’ll often see these yarns referred to as “DK” or “Worsted” instead of their standard names. Ah! This can be confusing, so we’ve included a super handy graphic below from TheSpruceCrafts.com to help you differentiate between all the different labels. When in doubt, gauge is the best way to determine whether your yarn is a good fit for your project, so be sure to match the gauge that’s identified in your pattern. Double check that you’ve selected the correct yarn, or you’ll be super disappointed when your order arrives and you can’t start your project.
Sometimes you know exactly which color you’re looking for in a specific brand because your pattern calls for it or you’ve seen it in person, but if you’re selecting the color based on what you see online, you might need to take an extra second to make sure you end up with what you want. Colors can show up differently from screen to screen, so a single photo isn’t always an accurate representation of what it will look like in person. The best way to make sure you’re not surprised by the yellow-yarn-you-thought-was-green is to do a quick Google search of the yarn brand and color in question. This will bring up the manufacturer’s photos, as well as photos by real people who have used the yarn in projects. Taking all of these into consideration, you should be able to get a good idea of the actual color.
If you’re not tied to a specific color for your project, make sure you check out the shop’s discontinued or sale yarns to see if you can snag a deal! Just be sure you order a bit more than you think you’ll need, otherwise you might not be able to get enough of the same color to finish your projects.
These days, yarn comes in so many delicious textures and types it makes our heads spin! Knowing the fiber content of your yarn will ensure that your project knits up and performs the way you expect it to. If you’re creating something that will need to be washed, like a garment or blanket, make sure you pick up a yarn that is machine washable, like merino superwash or an acrylic blend. If you’re looking for something ultra soft, think about something made with baby alpaca or angora. Since you won’t be able to feel the texture in person, you’ll be relying on the shop’s description. Make sure you do your research and stick as close as you can to what your pattern suggests.
If you get stuck or feel overwhelmed by choosing your yarn online, please give us a call at the store at 509-888-0285 or shoot us an email at [email protected]. We’ll be more than happy to assist you as your personal online shopper, and may even be able to connect you with a yarn we have in store that isn’t in our online shop. We’re open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm PST and closed on Sundays.
Happy shopping wild ones!