Fiber Arts Podcast in Connecticut, USA

Commonly Misunderstood Terms

Sometimes, navigating a knitting or crochet pattern can seem like reading something in a foreign language. How often have we said, when asked if we understand what a word means “I know what it means, I just can’t put my finger on it?” In this podcast episode, we discuss common misconceptions about fiber arts terms. We talk about the difference between ply and weight of yarn (did you know there are different ways to ply your yarn, and that the way a fiber is plied can have a huge impact on the feel of the fabric?), why tension and gauge are different (but equally important), and how intarsia differs from fair isle. Join us!

Photo evidence of S twist vs Z twist:


Tina finished her Stormy Sky Shawl! And some hats for our upcoming craft show!

Drea finished her Cian hat!

(Photo incoming)

Meg finished her Calliope sweater! And a Rocky Mountain Beanie!

Jess finished a crocheted yarn basket!

Current WIPs:

Tina – Wish and Hope Cardigan by Anne B Hanssen

Drea – Minted by Andrea Mowry

Meg – Owlet Baby Sweater by Kate Davies Designs

Jess – Rosehip Sweater by Anna Johanna

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Drea – @drea_made_a_thing

Meg – @nutmegcreates

Tina – @finarinaknitwear

Jess – @thecapriciouscrafter

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3 responses to “Commonly Misunderstood Terms”

  1. JanetLatifa Avatar

    Thanks for all the links! It’s always nice to be able to find what you’re talking about. I enjoyed yesterday’s podcast. Listen to it on my morning walk

  2. Kate Avatar

    I just found you and really enjoyed the podcast! On the ply vs weight thing, my Nana was British and started knitting as a child. She once told me that yarn in the UK used to be made with a standard sized single, and the number of singles dictated the thickness of the yarn. She was prone to lying her butt off so take that with a grain of salt! 😊

    1. Tina Avatar

      Thanks for the info! We provided that segment as a very beginner overlook on commonly misunderstood terms, so we understand there are a LOT more complexities, especially outside of the US.

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