09-24-2007, 10:38 PM #1 Waggus Ribbing the Cuff   Join Date: Aug 2007 Location: Victoria, Australia Posts: 91 Thanks: 76 Thanked 9 Times in 7 Posts How to know what I've spun? I mean when I want to use it to make something, how will I know what it is for gauge purposes? Or do I just need to work it out as I go?

 09-25-2007, 02:49 PM #2 Julie Instepping Out     Join Date: Mar 2005 Location: Midwest Posts: 3,325 Thanks: 10 Thanked 78 Times in 64 Posts I use two meansurements -- length and wpi. To measure the length, I count as I wind the yarn onto my niddy-noddy. I know that it's 56" around, so I multiply the wraps by 56 and divide by 36 to get the yardage. Here is a general Wraps-per-Inch chart (though they do vary, not set in stone by any means!): 18 or more wpi, approximately equivalent to lace weight, knits at 8 or more st/in, use needles size 00 to 2 16 wpi, fingering or baby weight, or maybe socks, knits at 6-8 sts/in, needles size 2 -4 14 wpi, sport weight, sport, knits at 5-6 sts/in, needle size 4-6 12 wpi, equivalent to worsted wt knitting yarn , 4 1/2 to 5 sts/in, needle size 7-9 10 wpi, equivalent to bulky or chunky yarn, 3 1/2 to 4 sts/in, needle size 10 - 11 8 or less wpi, very bulky, 2-3 sts/in, needles size 13 -16 And there's a great chart here that lists the wpi of a bunch of commercial yarns, so you can substitute handspun in patterns that call for other yarns. A good article about measuring wpi: Measuring WPI __________________ Knitter's Geek Code KCR+ Exp+ SPM+ Steel+ Bam+ Addi++ Pl-- Wool++ Cot Lux+ Stash Scale+ Fin !Ent Int FI> Tex Lace Felt Flat Circ+ Dpn- ML+ Swatch+ KIP+ Blog+ SNB> EZ? FO+ WIP3 Gauge W+ Alt Sw
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