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interpreting skein label symbols????

Posted by sheilajoyce (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 23, 06 at 14:14

I am making a darling cardigan for our expected grandson. My sister found the cutest yarn and pattern, and it is much more than I usually pay for yarn and is fancy with little fluffs of fiber, so I want to tell DD how to launder it. But I am not sure of the symbols. It is Italian made for Tahki Stacy Charles in NYC; cotton, polyamid, and acrylic fibers; and called Pom Pom. Sooooo cute.

Here are the symbols--30 degrees I understand as cold water. A triangle with an X through it??? I see the iron symbol, so it is ironable. A circle with a P in it. A square with a circle in it and an X through it--is that supposed to be a washing machine so hand wash only? And a square with a horizontal dash in the middle of it.

After spending a generous amount on the sweater and because it is soooo darling, I do not want it ruined the first time she launders it. Usually I use acrylic since we live in warm climates and since family allergies mean I avoid wool and anmimal hairs. I know she cannot just throw it in the washer and dryer, as I usually indicate, but I need to explain the care procedures.


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RE: interpreting skein label symbols????

Sheila Joyce, those symbols can be VERY confusing, can't they? I found a website that has helped me tremendously. The circle with the P means dry clean only. The square with the circle and X means do not dry clean.

Here's the link:

Here is a link that might be useful: symbols


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RE: interpreting skein label symbols????

Thank you, Donna. No bleach, no machine wash, cool water, flat dry, dry clean with only one particular cleaning fluid.


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RE: interpreting skein label symbols????

Okay, I'm really nosy so I googled your yarn. It is super cute - your new grandson is going to look adorable.

If I am making something for someone that isn't machine washable and dryable (so, most knitted things), I like to actually make the ball band into a tag and wrap it around the item with a ribbon.

Makes me feel like I am officially off the hook for conveying care instructions (although in this case, I'd tell her the translation as well)

Congratulations on your new grandbaby, by the way.

Here is a link that might be useful: in case anyone else is nosy


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RE: interpreting skein label symbols????

I love it too. They had a sample sweater in the shop, and the pattern book too. I am using two colors of pom pom--blue and yellow -- and white that's plain. It is a summer/spring weight sweater.


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