Skein, Hank, Ball, Cake – A Yarn Buying Primer

Kimberly Vallance

balls of yarn

How do you buy your yarn? It can be darn confusing!

A SKEIN is a bundle of yarn either in a hank or ball or cake.

A HANK must be wound into a ball or cake.

Most yarns you see at big box stores will be in a cake or ball and ready for use. At a local yarn shop, you will find a variety of yarns sold as hanks. Your local yarn shop will often wind a hank into a cake for you if you buy the yarn from them.

Anyone can come here to Life In The Craft Room to wind hanks into cakes, regardless of where you purchased the yarn. Let’s get cooking… er, knitting?

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