Skeins vs Balls

Please excuse the newbie question (oh, there will be plenty more, trust me), but what is the difference between a skein and a ball of yarn. If a pattern calls for two skeins, is that the same as two balls? If not, is there some sort of equivalency chart for this kind of thing?

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Skeins, balls and hanks are all the same thing - they are just different ways of “winding” the yarn.

If you are looking to pick a different yarn than suggested in the pattern just look for the yardage needed and the weight of the yarn.

I hope this helps!

A skein can be either a ball or a hank of yarn. It is just a general term for the yarn you buy.

If a pattern calls for two balls you need two skeins. Check yardage though on the pattern if it says because different yarns have different yardages.

Some yarns come ‘unwound’, though. Those have to be wound into balls before using.

Whoohoo! Thanks a bunch!