Guest Author - Melissa Rodriguez
Not long ago, there were no standards or guidelines for uniformity in the yarn industry. It could be quite confusing for consumers as to what yarn to use, what hook or needle size was appropriate, or what measurements represented small, medium or large sizes.
The Craft Yarn Council (CYC) saw a need to create standards and guidelines in order to bring uniformity to and eliminate the confusion over the different aspects of yarn crafts. The organization represents yarn companies, manufacturers, publishers, and designers in the yarn industry. With the adoption of these guidelines and standards, it has become easier for consumers to select the right materials for a project and complete it successfully.
Right now, the standards apply within the United States, although they aren't mandatory. The ultimate goal of the organization is to implement global standards and guidelines that will be used by companies worldwide.
The guidelines and standards that the Craft Yarn Council promotes:
* crochet and knit abbreviations that are consistent
* guidelines for determining the skill level of patterns
* measuring, fit, and sizing guidelines
* uniform categories of yarn, gauge ranges, and recommended needle and hook sizes
* graphic symbols for skill levels and yarn weights
* chart symbols for knitting and crocheting
* guidelines for industry designers
The Craft Yarn Council also offers a certified instructors program for knitting and crocheting. Completion of the course will earn you continuing education credits with the Fashion Institute of Technology. The classes can be completed in person or via correspondence course. Since the creation of the program in 1981, the Council has trained thousands of teachers around the United States and has worked with Michaels Arts & Crafts stores to provide an opportunity for graduates to teach in the stores.
Information about the Craft Yarn Council and the guidelines can be found on their website (link below), which is packed full of information about what the standards are, the organizationís goal, how to apply for teaching certification, how to promote yarn crafts, frequently asked questions, projects, etc. Leaders in the yarn industry are already on board using the standards. Why not you?
If you have questions feel free to send me an email or post them in the forum using the links provided in the right hand column. Also feel free to share your experiences with the Craft Yarn Council.