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Yarn Washing Symbols [PDF]

Download this yarn care symbols chart as a handy resource!

By: Brittnee Heller for
Yarn Washing Symbols

Learn what the different yarn washing symbols mean with our PDF infographic! Print this chart and have this resource next to you in your craft studio.

If you're wondering what does the triangle with the X mean on my yarn label, or maybe the square with a circle inside, you are in the right place. Use this yarn care symbols chart for your own handmade items, as well as for the gifts you plan to give! Make sure you include washing instructions on a card or label with your gifts, and keep it simple by using the symbols in this chart.

These universal care symbols can be found on yarn throughout the world, so no matter where you're from or where the yarn is from, the label should follow these standards.

The better you're able to take care of your yarn, the longer your handmade items will last. Discover the washing symbols meaning on the labels of your yarn and craft products today!

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Yarn Washing Symbols [PDF]

Yarn Washing Symbols

Basic Symbols

Tub: Washing instructions
Looks like an upside down trapezoid without a lid

Triangle: Bleaching instructions

Square: Machine drying instructions

Iron: Ironing and pressing
It's amazing how much this simple shape looks like an iron!

Circle: Dry cleaning

Continue reading to see each symbol explained further. For example, what does an iron with two dots inside mean?


Tub with hand: Hand washable

Tub with 40 degrees: Machine washable in lukewarm water

Tub with 100 degrees: Machine washable in hot water

Tub crossed out: Do not machine wash


Triangle: Chlorine bleach per directions

Triangle crossed out: Do not chlorine bleach


Square with line: Dry flat, do not use dryer

Square with circle: machine dryer


Iron with 1 dot: Cool iron

Iron with 2 dots: Warm iron

Iron with 3 dots: Hot iron

Iron crossed out: Do not iron

Dry Cleaning

Circled A: Dry-cleanable with any solvant

Circled P: Dry-cleanable with any solvant except trichloethylene

Circled F: Dry-cleanable with fluorcarbon or petroleum solvents only

Circled X: Do not dry clean

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