What Is The Weight Of My Handspun?
There are two ways I know of to determine the weight of my handspun. Measuring wraps per inch and calculating “grist.”
Measuring The Weight Of My Handspun
Often when I’ve just finished plying handspun yarn, it doesn’t measure wraps per inch very accurately. Often I have to wash and let the yarn dry before I can accurately measure the weight of the yarn that way.
Measuring grist, however is the same before and after washing, so I find it a more accurate way to measure the weight.
Here are the steps I take:
- Wind off the yarn on a ball-winder while measuring the yardage (actual I measure the footage and then convert to yards) using a fish-line measuring tool.
- Weigh the number of ounces in the ball of yarn.
- Divide the number of ounces into 16 and multiply the result times the number of yards in my yarn.
- The result is the number of yards per pound in my ball of yarn and I compare that to a yarn grist chart.
Here’s a brief video showing the process
I’ll usually try and keep my little calculation sheet with the yarn so that I know when I go to use it what size needle or hook to use when knitting or crocheting with it.
Any other spinners out there do anything similar? Or do you prefer to just do a gauge swatch?
The Thermal Stitch Hat has turned into a very versatile hat pattern!
The number of stitches and shaping associated with each hat differs. There are 64 stitches around in the bulkiest hat and 108 in the finest hat, for instance. But they all create a very plush and warm fabric.
I have finished the latest Thermal Stitch Hat and started one more.
Meredith, in comments, writes, “I hope you wrote down what you did.” I haven’t but I’m thinking about documenting it in a crochet hat tutorial. We’ll see if I have time to pull that together.