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Mar 22, 2013 12:58:20   #
Betty Bryant
 
How many yards are there in the one pound of yarn?
Would there be enough yarn in the one pound yarn to knit a shawl/scarf? Thanks for your help.
Betty Bryant
 
Mar 22, 2013 13:01:11   #
Ma Kitty
 
Depends on the weight of the yarn. If its lace weight there would be miles. If its bulky then not much.
Mar 22, 2013 13:03:17   #
Yarn Happy
 
I may vary depending on what brand of yarn, but the Lion Brand Pound of Love Baby Yarn has 1020 yds, it is a worsted weight yarn.
Mar 22, 2013 17:31:46   #
TammyK (a regular here)
 
If you are talking about the Lion Brand Pound of Love skein, it has 1020 yards. The Caron One Pound skein has 826 yards (it's a heavier worsted yarn than the Pound of Love from Lion Brand).
Mar 22, 2013 21:53:03   #
Betty Bryant
 
Ma Kitty wrote:
Depends on the weight of the yarn. If its lace weight there would be miles. If its bulky then not much.


Thank you for your help.

Betty
Mar 22, 2013 21:57:56   #
Betty Bryant
 
TammyK wrote:
If you are talking about the Lion Brand Pound of Love skein, it has 1020 yards. The Caron One Pound skein has 826 yards (it's a heavier worsted yarn than the Pound of Love from Lion Brand).


What exactly is the difference between a heavier worsted yarn & another type? What is the best weight or type of yarn to knit for a shawl & a scarf? I'm new to knitting and I don't understand yet about the different types of yarns.
Betty Bryant
 
Mar 22, 2013 22:32:56   #
TammyK (a regular here)
 
Betty Bryant wrote:
TammyK wrote:
If you are talking about the Lion Brand Pound of Love skein, it has 1020 yards. The Caron One Pound skein has 826 yards (it's a heavier worsted yarn than the Pound of Love from Lion Brand).
What exactly is the difference between a heavier worsted yarn & another type? What is the best weight or type of yarn to knit for a shawl & a scarf? I'm new to knitting and I don't understand yet about the different types of yarns.
Betty Bryant
The difference is that one is simply (literally) heavier (thicker) than another, so it will work up to a different gauge. Caron One Pound will give you fewer stitches per inch when knit on the same size needle as the Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn. Both yarns fall within the range of worsted weight yarns, but they are not exactly the same thickness. (This is why Pound of Love has more yardage in a 16 oz skein than then One Pound has. Pound of Love is thinner, so it takes more length to make 16 ounces.)

As far as what yarn is best for a shawl or a scarf, that is entirely dependent on the pattern and what you like. If you are trying to decide on a yarn to make a specific item, then start with the pattern itself. The pattern should tell you the gauge (stitches and rows per inch) that you need to make the item come out the right size, and designers will often suggest the best fiber to use (wool, cotton, acrylic, silk, etc.). As you get more experienced you will develop your own sense of what you like. That's a big part of the fun of knitting; taking a pattern and pairing it with a yarn that speaks to you to result in your own unique creation.
Mar 23, 2013 07:30:14   #
Pittsy
 
That's a good explanation TammyK. It helped me as I have that same problem of not knowing what yarn to use for what. Even though the pattern tells us, I don't know what the different weights mean. Thanks for the explanation.
Mar 23, 2013 08:15:53   #
mama879 (a regular here)
 
This chart might help it did for me when I was looking for the same answer. There are a few others to.
http://www.knitting-crochet.com/found/yarn.html
This gives you the numbers and sizes of the yarn and the needles sizes that generally are used. Some good info.
Mar 23, 2013 09:18:57   #
Cindy M
 
There are light, medium, and worsted weights. That's why it's important to note that if you're buying online. The Lion Pound of Love says worsted weight on the label but is a light worsted, much like a sport weight in my opinion. It works up to gauge like that. Others I've had trouble with in this regard are Knit Picks Wool of the Andes and Caron Simply Soft. I personally work them up in a gauge for a sport weight. What this means is that a garment made in these light worsted weight yarns will be smaller in size if you're using a pattern for a heavier worsted weight. You will either have to modify the pattern or go up a needle size. When I'm crocheting a hat in Simply Soft, I have to do one more increase round than I normally do.
Mar 23, 2013 09:19:30   #
Grandma11 (a regular here)
 
It should say yardage on label
 
Mar 23, 2013 09:50:22   #
LaLaWa
 
Many shawl patterns are written for lace weight or fingering weight yarn, so you may want to look for one that's written for worsted weight, or DK weight (or even sport weight, keeping in mind your finished project will be heavier). There are some shawl patterns that start from the tip with only a few stitches, and then you increase every row or every other row. With that type of pattern you can just keep knitting until you have a length you like, or until you run out of yarn, whichever happens first :-)
Mar 23, 2013 10:54:05   #
maur1011
 
I pick the pattern first (and then try to find a yarn in my price range to suit.) Using the pattern's recommended yarn (and stitches per inch), I can usually find something comparable by checking the ball bands of yarn I have or plan to buy. The ball band will usually list the number of stitches per inch worked on a specific needle size recommended for that yarn. Having said all that, as I've become a better knitter, I find some patterns are just worth the expense of getting the recommended yarn.
Mar 23, 2013 10:55:10   #
ALOUETTE
 
I knit a long sleeve cardigan with one pound with size 10 needles and I wear a size 18.I started the sleeves at the top thinking it would have short sleeves but they are long.If you are big,use smaller needles and want a very long cardigan buy 2.
Mar 23, 2013 12:07:24   #
shewolf389
 
maur1011, off topic but did you knit those cute slippers in your avitar?
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