How do you pronounce "skein?"

Debate between roommate and me…

Skein - is it pronounced:




scone… mmmmm scones… :drool: (j/k)

skane :slight_smile:

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THANK U!! looll

I always thought it was ‘Skeen’…so thanks for asking before i went off asking ppl about ‘skeens’!!:woohoo:

I say skane as well. Show your friend this;

I’ve always pronounced in ‘skeen’ because that’s how my mom pronounced it. I found out later that I’ve been saying it wrong all my life. lol


I say ‘skane’ but scones do sound good right now… :teehee:

I say Big thingy of yarn, but what do I know?

Thanks guys!

I have to confess, [COLOR=“Red”]I [/COLOR]was the dumb@$$ saying skeen. My roommate said it was skane. I swear I had heard skeen somewhere before but I guess not.

My roommate is always right! :doh:

I did look it up on I honestly thought I’d get a split answer here, like maybe it could go either way… guess not… :help: I guess that is what I get for learning about knitting all thru books and online. The only person I’ve ever heard [I]talking[/I] knitting is Amy in the videos! And I haven’t heard her say “skein.” :rofl:

Mmm, don’t scones sound good right now? I’m at work, maybe it’s time to send someone on a Starbucks run…

:doh: I hate when that happens. Tell your roommate it’s pronounced ball.

For some reason my husband thinks the word skein is hilarious. He’s a strange man. And yes, I pronounce it “skane” too.

Hmm, I pronounce it skeen…

“Skane” -

Rymes with rein, like the reins on a horse :slight_smile:

Sorry you lost the bet, but at least now you know!

Digging back into my elementary school memories,

“When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.”

and from

skein /skeɪn/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[skeyn] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation –noun 1.a length of yarn or thread wound on a reel or swift preparatory for use in manufacturing.

Tho’ I’ve always pronounced it skane. Probably cuz that how my mother would have pronounced it.


basic I before E rule. If ‘E’ is before ‘I’ it’s an ‘A’ sound. Neighbor, Vein, Sleigh, Weigh, etc…

Write I before E
Except after C
Or when it sounds like an A
As in “neighbor” and “weigh”

exceptions to the rule: seize, either, weird, height, foreign, leisure, conscience, counterfeit, forfeit, leisure, neither, science, species, sufficient says it’s pronounced skein. From their pronunciation guide: “[ey][B]ai[/B]d, h[B]a[/B]te, d[B]ay[/B].”

I always pronounced it skeen, but eventually learned that the correct doctionary pronunciation is skane.

But most of the time I just follow Rorshach’s method.

More bad news for ya, it’s pronounced “scooones”:roflhard: