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This is the problem. All the patterns I have seen in the beginner books, say something like used worsted 100% cotton size 10. That implies there is worsted cotton yarn that is available in other sizes. If the size isn't on the packaging, how do you tell what size it is?

Ahh, you're talking about cotton thread, not yarn. I apologize. My mistake.

Thread is the very thin stuff used for doilies and bedspreads and tablecloths. My grandmother made dozens of them. It comes in a different sort of package, and looks as though it could be dropped on a spool, and there should be a label on the top part that gives the weight, which would be 10, 20, 30, and so on.

Yarn is in a skein, and would be sold as worsted, sport weight, bulky, and so on.

That's probably what confused you, because I was thinking in terms of yarn, not thread. Was there a label on the top? There would be a band around the middle, and a paper label at the top, and one or the other should include the weight.

Does that help?

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