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bttrflykiss621
08-21-2009, 05:32 PM
So I have a few balls of yarn and I have lost their labels so I don't know what size needle to use with them. Is there anyway to figure it out or is it just my guestimation?

suzeeq
08-21-2009, 06:02 PM
You can wrap a strand around a pencil or ruler and figure it by the wpi (wraps per inch) as shown th chart on the bottom of this page - http://yarnforward.com/tension.html

outdoordrea
08-23-2009, 12:22 PM
You can wrap a strand around a pencil or ruler and figure it by the wpi (wraps per inch) as shown th chart on the bottom of this page - http://yarnforward.com/tension.html

I have a question about this because the diameter of a ruler and the diameter of a pencil (seems) to be very different.

Mirl56
08-23-2009, 01:50 PM
It doesn't really make a difference - it's not the amount USED, it's how many trips around.

IE, yes, a ruler is probably at least an inch wide, so you'd use more yardage going around it, but it when you measure an inch long, it still took the bulky yarn 3-4 trips to equal an inch. the same 3-4 trips will go around a pencil for one inch.

That make more sense?

suzeeq
08-23-2009, 02:57 PM
It doesn't matter - you're measuring how many wraps around, not how much yarn it takes.

melmac51
08-24-2009, 02:33 PM
I have absolutely no idea, but just have to say that bttrflykiss621's avatar has got to be the cutest one I've ever seen.