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Apr 19, 2012 01:32:57   #
Alice P.
 
I impulsively bought 10 skeins of Gala yarn, mixed fiber at Big Lots. It does not indicate wt. Does anyone know if it is 2- sport wt or 1- fingerling? Have you found any patterns that work well with this yarn?
 
Apr 19, 2012 01:51:53   #
TammyK (a regular here)
 
Alice P. wrote:
I impulsively bought 10 skeins of Gala yarn, mixed fiber at Big Lots. It does not indicate wt. Does anyone know if it is 2- sport wt or 1- fingerling? Have you found any patterns that work well with this yarn?


Gala actually comes in a bunch of different weights, so it could be just about anything. Most of what I have used has been more of a worsted or DK, but not having the weight class on the label makes it really anyone's guess. You could just swatch with a few different needle sizes and see which one(s) give you the nicest fabric, and then measure the stitches per inch and use that to estimate the weight. Or, if you have a way to measure the yardage you could get the weight by calculating the yardage per grams.
Apr 19, 2012 07:58:36   #
Dar19Knits
 
Alice: I also bought 10 skeins of this yarn at Big Lots and it appears to be a DK weight. I am currently knitting a baby blanket with it and baby yarn worked together. It knits up really nice and soft. Not sure how it will wash, but we shall see!
Apr 19, 2012 08:10:20   #
ompuff
 
Alice P. wrote:
I impulsively bought 10 skeins of Gala yarn, mixed fiber at Big Lots. It does not indicate wt. Does anyone know if it is 2- sport wt or 1- fingerling? Have you found any patterns that work well with this yarn?


I have gotten several different Gala yarns from Big Lots---used for various items----baby sweater with a smaller one, hat and scarf from a bulkier one, vest from what I felt was more of a sport weight.
I found best solution was to swatch to find a fabric that worked for what I wanted to knit. At the price it was worth the extra effort.
:) :thumbup:
Apr 19, 2012 23:06:01   #
Alice P.
 
Thank you all for your responses. Clearly this impulsive yarn purchase is going to teach me to have the patience to work swatches to determine what I have gotten.
Apr 19, 2012 23:12:35   #
StitchDesigner
 
Alice, find a ruler. Wrap the yarn around the ruler, not tight and not overlapping or loose. There should be no gaps. Count the number of wraps in one inch. Go the the following link:

http://www.yarnwench.com/php/WPITable.php

That should help you determine the weight of the yarn.
 
Apr 20, 2012 08:51:20   #
wildfire0
 
Just thinking here, dangerous by the way. We really did need the math classes!
Apr 20, 2012 09:44:29   #
robmac
 
I agree with stitchwizard, that is what I do to determine weight.
Apr 20, 2012 11:04:19   #
Pocahontas (a regular here)
 
Be sure to go to "search" and type in "Leaf Top" for Kimmy. You will see pictues of a beautiful sweater she knitted for herself with Gala yarn from Big Lots.
Apr 20, 2012 11:20:49   #
mirl56 (a regular here)
 
Oh, I just looked at that top Kimmy made - it really turned out super-cute!
Apr 20, 2012 11:21:24   #
cindylucifer
 
Thank you so much for this information because like several others here, I also bought some of Gala yarn and was wondering how to figure out the weight.
StitchDesigner wrote:
Alice, find a ruler. Wrap the yarn around the ruler, not tight and not overlapping or loose. There should be no gaps. Count the number of wraps in one inch. Go the the following link:

http://www.yarnwench.com/php/WPITable.php

That should help you determine the weight of the yarn.
 
Apr 20, 2012 12:07:50   #
Jeanie L (a regular here)
 
SitchDesigner,Thanks for the link..I also have brought Gala yarn at Big Lots and found it does come in different weights..I'm working on a baby blanket now with Gala yarn and just finish a sweater,hat and booties to match..I brought some ribbon Gala yarn some time back that i plan on making a scarf with...
Apr 20, 2012 16:43:08   #
headvase1
 
guess I will be going to Big Lots and add it to my list of yarn finds.
Apr 20, 2012 20:30:41   #
dixiegran
 
This is exactly what i needed to see today! Need to determine which yarn is fingering weight for a doll dress pattern! many thanks!!!
dixiegran
Apr 20, 2012 20:57:29   #
mama879 (a regular here)
 
StitchDesigner wrote:
Alice, find a ruler. Wrap the yarn around the ruler, not tight and not overlapping or loose. There should be no gaps. Count the number of wraps in one inch. Go the the following link:

http://www.yarnwench.com/php/WPITable.php

That should help you determine the weight of the yarn.


Very cool I like that have some yarn I could do it with. Thnx...
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