Before you begin in your crocheting, knitting, or general yarn usage endeavors, it is helpful to understand how to read the symbols on yarn packaging.
Many people just find yarn they like and go for it. To their dismay, their projects end up ripped out, too small, knotted up, too large, disproportionate, they shrink in the wash, or they felt up and they hours of intricate detail work becomes matted and fuzzy. To avoid this, read the labels, and follow the gauge on the pattern.
Generally, crafters know that a big thick fuzzy yarn isn’t going to be used in a tiny, intricately delicate doily, conversely, a thin light fingerling yarn wouldn’t be used to make a big, bulky, fluffy stuffed animal.
However, there is a gray area in between the two extremes. Yarn companies understand that every skein is different and that the same general type of yarn has certain qualities which make it favorable for different projects and unsuitable for others.
Below are some links to help you understand the different symbols on the bands.
I hope these links give you a better understanding of how to read your yarn label before we begin our projects together:)