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Apr 1, 2015 12:09:34   #
sillytilly
 
I have just been given a lot of yarn. Of course there without bands on them. How can I determine what weight the yarns are? DK, sport, fingering, etc. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Apr 1, 2015 13:25:27   #
Peggy Beryl
 
You can use wpi/wraps per inch:


http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/11/determining-yarn-weights/
Apr 1, 2015 14:27:37   #
Sine
 
I found a picture online that gives a good idea of what the different yarn weights look like. Here's an example: http://www.miriamfelton.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/YarnWeightChartV4.jpg
Apr 1, 2015 14:57:52   #
sillytilly
 
Thank you ladies! These are just the kind of charts I was looking for. I was afraid I would have to knit up swatches. Those charts will really save me a lot of time. I will try both ways listed and compare how they work. Have a wonderful day. Sillytilly
Apr 1, 2015 18:01:33   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
sillytilly wrote:
Thank you ladies! These are just the kind of charts I was looking for. I was afraid I would have to knit up swatches. Those charts will really save me a lot of time. I will try both ways listed and compare how they work. Have a wonderful day. Sillytilly
Unless you're planning on only hand-washing whatever you make from it, you should also try to sort out wool from non-wool yarns. The easiest way I know is to do a burn test. It's written for fabric, but works excellently for yarns: http://www.ditzyprints.com/dpburnchart.html

It will not tell you if any of the wool is super-wash. I have learned - the hard way, of course - to loosely knit up a largish swatch and throw it in the washer. If it shrinks, I have a hotpad; if it doesn't shrink, I unravel it and label that yarn as superwash wool. So far as I know, there's no other way to sort superwash wool from shrinkable wool.
Apr 1, 2015 18:53:37   #
sillytilly
 
Thank you Jessica-Jean. That is one thing I hadn't thought about. Will give this a try also to help sort out the yarn.
 
Apr 2, 2015 09:52:16   #
tonyastewart
 
I would buy a wraps per inch tool it's the most accurate there is only one caution and that is don't let it flop on the tool nor do you want it so tight it's a step away from breaking
I agree with Jessica-Jean wpi will give you the best idea of weight of yarn but also doing a burn test will tell you the type of yarn if it's wool it's going to smell like burning hair if it's acrylic or nylon/orlon it's gonna stink to high heavens of burning plastic bags over simplified but I think it's right isn't it?
Apr 2, 2015 10:28:35   #
sillytilly
 
Thanks Tonyastewart. I didn't know there was such a tool. Think I will try to find one on the internet. Thanks to everyone again. Should be able to whip out this project in no time now.
Sillytilly
Apr 2, 2015 13:09:07   #
knitwit42
 
Sine wrote:
I found a picture online that gives a good idea of what the different yarn weights look like. Here's an example: http://www.miriamfelton.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/YarnWeightChartV4.jpg


Thank you for this great chart.
Apr 2, 2015 14:13:51   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
If you have nothing better to spend your money on, by all means purchase a 'wraps-per-inch tool'. However, all you need is a ruler. Wrap the yarn around it - not pulled tightly and not so loosely it can move and not squished together nor with any spaces between wraps - for about two inches; count the wraps and divide by two to get the wraps-per-inch.
Apr 2, 2015 15:34:08   #
Ms Sue
 
Very interesting info. Printing off the chart.
 
Apr 2, 2015 15:42:34   #
Karenknitstoo
 
I love your approach to the wool or superwash question! Hotpads are always useful :D
Jessica-Jean wrote:
Unless you're planning on only hand-washing whatever you make from it, you should also try to sort out wool from non-wool yarns. The easiest way I know is to do a burn test. It's written for fabric, but works excellently for yarns: http://www.ditzyprints.com/dpburnchart.html

It will not tell you if any of the wool is super-wash. I have learned - the hard way, of course - to loosely knit up a largish swatch and throw it in the washer. If it shrinks, I have a hotpad; if it doesn't shrink, I unravel it and label that yarn as superwash wool. So far as I know, there's no other way to sort superwash wool from shrinkable wool.
Unless you're planning on only hand-washing whatev... (show quote)
Apr 2, 2015 19:41:13   #
beahop
 
Hi,
I just copied and pasted this chart to my word program. Then I'm going to make swatches for each yarn for the stitch per inch in a 4" square. This will also save me time for another project. Bea
Apr 3, 2015 00:31:23   #
DivaDee
 
If you want to know if it is wool, drop about a 2 inch piece of yarn into a small cup of bleach. If it is wool, it will dissolve in about 20 minutes. If it is acrylic, it might change color but will stay in one piece. If it is a blend, only the wool will disappear.
Apr 3, 2015 06:10:08   #
Trisha 38
 
Thank you this is most helpful as I was wondering how to really tell the difference.
 
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