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Yarn Care Symbols

Here is a list of the universal care symbols. This page shows some of the symbols you will find on yarn labels and how to understand them. I have found this information to be very valuable. I  bookmarked this page on my laptop for quick reference. When I am either blocking or washing my knitted project I take a quick look at these care symbols to make sure I am taking the correct steps for caring for my knitted item.

Machine Wash, Normal

Machine Wash, Cold

Machine Wash, Cold

Machine Wash, Warm
Machine Wash, Warm
    Machine Wash, Hot
   Machine Wash, Hot
 Machine Wash, Hot
Machine Wash, Hot
  Machine Wash, Hot
Machine Wash, Hot
  Machine Wash, Hot
 Machine Wash, Permanent Press
 Machine Wash, Gentle or Delicate
 Hand Wash
 Hand Wash, Cold
 Hand Wash, Warm
 Hand Wash, Hot

 Do Not Wash
 Dryclean, Any Solvent
    Dryclean, Petroleum Solvent Only
 Dryclean, Any Solvent Except Trichloroethylene
 Dryclean, Short Cycle
   Dryclean, Reduced Moisture
   Dryclean, Low Heat
 Dryclean, No Steam
 Do Not Dryclean
   Bleach When Needed
   Non-Chlorine Bleach When Needed
 Do Not Bleach
 Tumble Dry, Normal
 Tumble Dry, Normal, Low Heat
 Tumble Dry, Normal, Medium Heat
   Tumble Dry, Normal, High Heat
 Tumble Dry, Normal, No Heat

    Tumble Dry, Permanent Press
   Tumble Dry, Gentle
   Do Not Tumble Dry
 Do Not Dry
 Line Dry
   Drip Dry
 Dry Flat
 Dry In Shade
   Do Not Wring
   Iron, Any Temperature, Steam or Dry
   Iron, Low
 Iron, Medium
 Iron, High
 Do Not Steam
 Do Not Iron

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  1. Bonnie Clarkson says:

    I appreciate your listing of these symbols and have bookmarked it for quick reference.

    On Sock-a-Licious Kollage yarn, there was a trapazoid symbol with a picture of a sweater in it. Is that referring to needing to be blocked? I thought maybe you would like to look into it and add it to this fine collection.

    • Joanie says:

      Hi Bonnie,
      Thanks for your kind words. I have this page bookmarked as well.
      I just checked out the Sock-a-Licious Kollage yarn website and I can’t find the trapazoid symbol you are talking about. I have never seen anything like that before. I would like to see it and add it to my list as you suggested. If you know where it is could you copy the link in the browser so I can go right to it. Thanks.
      P.S. Tomorrow is open knitting at my LYS. I will ask the other ladies if any of them have seen that symbol before and let you know if I get an answer.

  2. On Austermann Algarve yarn there’s a symbol on the ballband that looks like a bowler hat floating on water. What does it mean?

    • Joanie says:

      Hi Daisy,
      I have searched the internet and I can’t find a symbol that looks like what you are describing. Could you take an up close picture of the symbol and send it to me so I can see what you are talking about.
      Have a great day!

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