Yarn Weight

jjknitterJanuary 23, 2010

Is there any way to tell what weight yarn is? I have

some yarn without a label and not sure what weight it is.

Thank you for any help.

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oilpainter

I don't think there is any way to find the weight if the label is missing. The only thing you could tell is whether it's fine, medium, or thick.

Your best bet would be to do a swatch and measure how many stitches and rows it takes to make an inch. Armed with that info you can then look at other labels to see if your swatch matches. Since this is a swatch for guage, you can also go through patterns and check the guage called for.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2010 at 8:37AM
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donna_loomis

Actually, although I still it's pretty much a "guestimate", there is a way to determine this. Check out this site:

Here is a link that might be useful: wraps per inch

    Bookmark   January 23, 2010 at 4:20PM
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jjknitter

Thank you both for replying.
Appreciate the answers.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2010 at 8:35PM
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profsusan

I also participate on the Ravelry site and they also have a similar chart to the link Donna posted - I copied/pasted some of their information here:
Ravelry Standard Yarn Weights
Wraps per inch/Gauge
Fingering - 4 ply - 14 wpi/28 stitches = 1 : Super Fine
Sport - 5 ply - 12 wpi/24-26 stitches = 2 : Fine
DK - 8 ply - 11 wpi/22 stitches = 3 : Light
Worsted - 10 ply - 9 wpi/20 stitches = 4 : Medium
Aran - 10 ply - 8 wpi/18 stitches = 4 : Medium
Bulky - 12 ply - 7 wpi/14-15 stitches = 5 : Bulky
Super Bulky - 5-6 wpi/8-12 stitches = 6 : Super Bulky

    Bookmark   January 24, 2010 at 8:20PM
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