Welcome to the Craft Yarn Council's web site, the yarn industry’s one-stop resource.
People of all ages—more than 50 million—know how to knit, crochet and craft with yarn because its fun, relaxing and you can make great things. Whether you are a beginner or experienced knitter or crocheter, a designer or someone interested in learning more about the industry, you've come to the right place!
If you want to learn to knit or crochet, the Craft Yarn Council of America wants to help you get started today. On these pages, you will find all the basics. There's an explanation of the differences between knitting and crocheting, Illustrations and instruction about how to make the basic stitches, FAQs, a list of helpful resource materials and tips on reading project patterns.
Once you feel that you are ready to begin a project, we have some pattern suggestions for you as well. As you begin your project, if you have questions, visit 911/FAQs and the Bulletin Boards at this site, where some of our favorite crocheters and knitters hangout. You'll be amazed at how many of your questions can be answered just by searching the Bulletin Board database, And consider joining a local knitting and crocheting guild or group that meets up in locations in your community or online and taking a class offered at a local retailer, school or library. In addition, members of the Craft Yarn Council have web sites full of wonderful tips and techniques, videos, free patterns and interesting news. You can link to these sites from the About page.
If you are a designer or are interested in becoming one, visit the Council's Yarn Standards pages. There are helpful sizing charts, pattern symbols, along with industry guidelines for designers. All enthusiasts also will find references at Yarn Standards to pattern abbreviations, needle and hook sizing and yarn weight standards helpful.
For teachers, there is a special section of the web site called Teach Knitting & Crochet with project ideas, tips and techniques which you will find invaluable for engaging students of all ages.
When you are ready to buy yarn, you'll find lots of choices. Check out the yarn departments in national chains like WalMart and craft chains like Michaels and JoAnn Stores, as well as numerous regional craft chains like A.C. Moore and hundreds of independent yarn stores. There are also many mail order and Internet sources. If you have any difficulty locating a retail source, look under "Yarns" or "Crafts" in your local telephone directory.