Yarn is usually "put up" or packaged in one of the following ways:

1. In a skein (pronounced "skān"), a long and thin cylinder shape.

2. In a ball.

3. In a hank, which loosely wound into a large ring shape and then twisted on itself. It needs to be wound into a ball before use.

4. On a cone. Cones come in different sizes and hold more yarn than a skein or ball.