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yarn

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
different
▪ After knitting some simple woven fabrics using a single colour of weaving yarn, why not experiment with different yarn combinations.
▪ A colour changer will appeal to anyone who likes to use a lot of colour or different yarn textures when pattern knitting.
▪ By selecting an interesting range of different types of yarn or unusual colour combinations, it is possible to knit beautiful fabrics.
▪ If you need to use a different yarn here are a few tips.
▪ The width of these stripes can be varied and different yarns can be used as in this sample.
▪ Choose two different weaving yarns and lay each of these over about half the needles.
fine
▪ If this still doesn't grip it enough, take the fine yarn around the tension disc rather then just through.
▪ Our women spun fine yarns in their own cottages, and supplemented the earnings of their husbands....
▪ To overcome this, try using every other needle or a very fine backing yarn.
▪ Once again we worked as a Club, being issued with fine slub yarns and complicated patterns.
▪ Q Whilst still on double jacquard, can you only use the finer yarns?
▪ A fine yarn for a light-weight garment will give you smaller motifs.
▪ It is effective whether you use delicate fine yarns or a simple four ply.
▪ Three and four colour knitting is usually more successful using full needle rib and fine yarns with the ribber.
good
▪ But it was a good yarn, just the same.
▪ It may be a contradiction in textile terms but these weavers spin a good yarn.
▪ Thomas Deloney may have used a little poetic licence to embroider a good yarn.
▪ A good linen and yarn market was by now held in the town every Saturday, having been established in 1762.
main
▪ Sew this with matching cotton, or the main yarn.
▪ To knit punch lace the main yarn is threaded through feeder 2.
▪ Cast on using the weaving brushes or waste yarn, then change to main yarn. 3.
▪ The weaving yarn is laid into the stocking stitch knitted with the main yarn following a pattern.
▪ The needles for the stitches which will be knitted with colour one from the main yarn feed.
▪ Normally punch lace is shown knitted with a cotton thread that is the same colour as a main yarn.
▪ Pick up first row of main yarn.
▪ So far, in all the examples I've given, the main yarn was a medium thickness yarn.
thick
▪ This means that you can use thicker yarns, the ones you use for ordinary single-bed Fair Isle.
▪ There are hundreds of black button eyes and a thick nest of yarn for the hair.
▪ This is ideal for thick yarns and pile knitting, but not for ordinary work.
▪ The thicker yarns give a fabric that is particularly well suited to winter wear for warm sweaters, jackets and ski wear.
▪ You will need to adjust the tension dial to accommodate the rather thicker yarn you are using. 3.
▪ He has found the thicker yarn ends are best doubled up or used treble to make blankets on the chunky machine.
▪ A thicker yarn will give you larger motifs.
▪ When weaving with a thick yarn, you will probably find that it won't feed through the yarn mast.
waste
▪ Unravel waste yarn after work has been removed from machine.
▪ The only patterns available were for hand knitting and no one had mentioned mock rib or using waste yarn.
▪ Cast on using the weaving brushes or waste yarn, then change to main yarn. 3.
▪ A scheme to measure the waste yarn has been introduced.
▪ Thread with waste yarn and knit 4 rows on the main bed only.
▪ I took the garment pieces off on waste yarn.
▪ Remove waste yarn, join second shoulder.
▪ Release waste yarn and hook up to jacket front in the usual way.
weaving
▪ Just change the weaving yarn from one side to the other at the end of every row.
▪ The weaving yarn should always be on the leading edge of the carriage.
▪ On Silver and Knitmaster machines, you position it in the weaving yarn guide.
▪ In fact, any difficult yarns of this type are easier to weave if the weaving yarn is waxed.
▪ If you are using a plain weaving yarn, particularly one of medium thickness, then the punchcard usually supplies the design.
▪ Several different colours or types of weaving yarn can be used for extra interest.
▪ Knitweave can be thought of as a stocking stitch fabric with the weaving yarn caught into it on the purl side.
■ NOUN
mast
▪ On Brother and Toyota machines it positions itself automatically when left to hang freely between the yarn mast and knitting.
▪ There was no coned yarn, no row counter, no yarn mast, no wool winder - and no competition!
▪ The tension disc at the top of the yarn mast will need adjusting for the thread.
▪ You can in fact have almost as many yarn masts as you like attached to the back of the machine.
▪ Well, have you ever looked at the yarn mast and tension spring?
▪ The yarn to be woven should be threaded through the second side of the yarn mast.
▪ When weaving with a thick yarn, you will probably find that it won't feed through the yarn mast.
▪ On Brother and Toyota machines, just let the yarn hang between the yarn mast and the edge of the knitting.
■ VERB
knit
▪ By medium thickness, I mean a yarn that knits stocking stitch at tension four to six on your machine.
▪ Thread with waste yarn and knit 4 rows on the main bed only.
▪ If it doesn't, the motif yarn may knit into the background.
▪ The hat can be knitted in almost any yarn which will knit at the given stitch size in half Fisherman's rib.
▪ Cast on over this number, in waste yarn and knit about 10 rows.
▪ Using yarn from bobbin, knit back by hand through each back bed needle.
knitted
▪ This one is knitted in a linen-mix yarn which washes well and feels especially soft to touch.
▪ The weaving yarn is laid into the stocking stitch knitted with the main yarn following a pattern.
▪ Tuck is knitted with one yarn in the main feeder of the machine.
▪ It was very well knitted and the gorgeous yarn used set it off to perfection.
▪ The hat can be knitted in almost any yarn which will knit at the given stitch size in half Fisherman's rib.
▪ That is, they think it's knitted in the same yarns and feels just the same as single -bed Fair Isle.
lay
▪ Again, start with Card 1 for ease of laying in the yarns.
spin
▪ Corso is no dope, and he spins a fascinating yarn.
▪ In wintertime the spinners gathered together in their cottages to spin and knit the yarn.
▪ Our women spun fine yarns in their own cottages, and supplemented the earnings of their husbands....
▪ It may be a contradiction in textile terms but these weavers spin a good yarn.
▪ She liked to spin yarn, sing, and dance.
▪ He could spin a yarn, and you had to take what he said with a pinch of salt.
▪ The extra strength of synthetic fibre allows Evergreen to spin finer yarns with efficiency.
use
▪ This means that you can use thicker yarns, the ones you use for ordinary single-bed Fair Isle.
▪ In addition, any weaver caught using illegally dyed yarns could be sentenced to having his right arm cut off.
▪ I used a grey yarn to embroider the body and antennae.
▪ The only patterns available were for hand knitting and no one had mentioned mock rib or using waste yarn.
▪ The linker is easy to use with smooth yarns, but textured yarns can be difficult to cast off.
▪ If you are using a plain weaving yarn, particularly one of medium thickness, then the punchcard usually supplies the design.
▪ For your first attempt at weaving, use a medium thickness yarn for both the background and the weaving yarn.
▪ For the dark contrast colour, use a matt yarn in black, dark green, brown or other dark colour.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a rattling good yarn/story/read
▪ On one level, it is vastly entertaining and a rattling good read.
▪ We bet the Weatherfield Advertiser was a rattling good read under Ken's editorship.
spin a tale/story/yarn
▪ He could spin a yarn, and you had to take what he said with a pinch of salt.
▪ Joe was in top form, spinning stories, issuing pronunciamentos, dropping withering quips at every opportunity.
▪ She liked to spin yarn, sing, and dance.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ All the above yarns will be available from your local Spectrum stockist together with a full range of supporting pattern leaflets and books.
▪ Finally, don't ignore the possibilities of basic four-ply yarns.
▪ For those afflicted with the notion that national politics is on the level and two-dimensional, the following yarn is logical.
▪ In fact, any difficult yarns of this type are easier to weave if the weaving yarn is waxed.
▪ Sew this with matching cotton, or the main yarn.
▪ Take yarn under the needle in E position nearest to the knitting.
▪ There are hundreds of black button eyes and a thick nest of yarn for the hair.
▪ You will need to adjust the tension dial to accommodate the rather thicker yarn you are using. 3.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Yarn

Yarn \Yarn\, n. [OE. yarn, [yogh]arn, AS. gearn; akin to D. garen, G., OHG., Icel., Sw., & Dan. garn; of uncertain origin. Cf. Cord.]

  1. Spun wool; woolen thread; also, thread of other material, as of cotton, flax, hemp, or silk; material spun and prepared for use in weaving, knitting, manufacturing sewing thread, or the like.

  2. (Rope Making) One of the threads of which the strands of a rope are composed.

  3. A story told by a sailor for the amusement of his companions; a story or tale; as, to spin a yarn. [Colloq.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

yarn

Old English gearn "spun fiber, spun wool," from Proto-Germanic *garnan (cognates: Old Norse, Old High German, German garn, Middle Dutch gaern, Dutch garen "yarn"), from PIE root *ghere- "intestine, gut, entrail" (cognates: Old Norse gorn "gut," Sanskrit hira "vein; entrails," Latin hernia "rupture," Greek khorde "intestine, gut-string," Lithuanian zarna "gut"). The phrase to spin a yarn "to tell a story" is first attested 1812, from a sailors' expression, on notion of telling stories while engaged in sedentary work such as yarn-twisting.

Wikipedia

Yarn

Yarn is a long continuous length of interlocked fibres, suitable for use in the production of textiles, sewing, crocheting, knitting, weaving, embroidery, and ropemaking. Thread is a type of yarn intended for sewing by hand or machine. Modern manufactured sewing threads may be finished with wax or other lubricants to withstand the stresses involved in sewing. Embroidery threads are yarns specifically designed for hand or machine embroidery.

Wiktionary

yarn

n. 1 (context uncountable English) A twisted strand of fiber used for knitting or weaving. 2 (context nautical English) bundle of fibers twisted together, and which in turn are twisted in bundles to form strands, which in their turn are twisted or plaited to form rope. 3 (context countable English) A story, a tale, especially one that is incredible. vb. to tell a story

WordNet

yarn

v. tell or spin a yarn

yarn

  1. n. the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events; "his narration was hesitant" [syn: narration, recital]

  2. a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving [syn: thread]

Usage examples of "yarn".

Raising herself to her knees, she gazed down across the vast expanses of empty gray air to a rapidly flattening field with a tiny town on one side of it and a thin gray yarn, the fog-shrouded Blabbermouth, running through it.

Foye, in her buxom cheeriness, was drawn to give some of it forth to the uncouth-looking, companionless girl, and not only began a chat with her, after the momentary stir in the street was over, and she had settled herself upon her stool, and leaning her back against a tree, set vigorously to work again at knitting a stout blue yarn stocking, but also treated Bubby and Baby to some bits of her sweet merchandise, and told them about the bears and the monkeys that had gone by, shut up in the gay, red-and-yellow-painted wagons.

Stencil retold it, the yarn had undergone considerable change: had become, as Eigenvalue put it, Stencilized.

I had the whole thing dug into when Geer came babbling to us with the yarn.

It was smoke that stuck together in gossamery tufts and long yarns like surgical cotton being unrolled out of a bat.

He got out henequen cable-laid rope, an assortment of ply and yarn goods, and some superlative slender abaca fiber rope.

Wild as the birds in the sun-drenched trees, their children skulked shyly behind the sulky wheels or scuttled for the protection of the woodheap while their parents yarned over cups of tea, swapped tall stories and books, promised to pass on vague messages to Hoopiron Collins or Brumby Waters, and told the fan tastic tale of the Pommy jackaroo on Gnarlunga.

Kel thought of Meech and twisted her ring of bright red yarn, wanting to scream with impatience.

They believed the very logical yarn that The Shadow had devised for Nayre to tell them.

She grubbed in her workbag, digging past rolags, scissors, skeins of finished yarn.

Seagrave unlaid some thick rope, that Ready might make smaller and more useful rope with the yarns.

Twenty-six dollars the entire set, including silk-screen canvas, varicoloured yarns, and directions.

If so what penalty would be wracked upon the three of us for the dissolution of what or who must be an awe-producing figure to Yarn?

The Zollverein increasing their import duties on cotton and linen yarn, and putting export duties of 25 per cent.

Winter time us had better clothes made out of yarn and us allus had good Sunday clothes.