Encore is a wonderful wool blend (25% wool/75% acrylic) that is fabulous for making gifts for friends and family. It is machine wash on gentle cycle and dry on low heat. Each 100 gram skein contains approximately 200 yds. A US 8 needle and H/8 hook are recommended. Using a US 8, Encore knits at 5 sts. per inch or 3 scs. per inch when crocheting.