Managing, Measuring, and Making the Most of Your Yarn

Nancy Shroyer walks us through calculating the yardage of yarn needed for a project.

Nancy Shroyer walks us through calculating the yardage of yarn needed for a project.

Many of the most popular projects in PieceWork are knitting patterns. Whether you are new to knitting or are an experienced knitter passing on your craft to someone who is unfamiliar with the world of yarn, sometimes the terminology and different ways yarn is put up can get confusing. No fear—Interweave is to the rescue with the new video The Interweave Guide to Managing, Measuring, and Making the Most of Your Yarn with knitting-tool expert Nancy Shroyer.

With an easy manner, Nancy guides you step-by-step through the maze of diverse yarn packaging and labels. What are yarn weights? What does yards per pound mean? How do you read a label? Nancy deciphers these mysteries as she explains how to measure wraps per an inch, and why you might want to, and the pluses and minuses of working from the outside or inside of a skein, ball, and cake.

Nancy Shroyer demonstrates how to wind a center-pull ball with a Nostepinne with a little help from daughter Lisa.

Nancy Shroyer demonstrates how to wind a center-pull ball with a Nostepinne with a little help from daughter Lisa.

Does your yarn come in a hank? Nancy describes how to manage hanks of yarn with the help of a friend (our own Lisa Shroyer, Interweave’s content strategist for yarn and fiber and Nancy’s daughter makes a cameo), alone, or with a useful yarn swift. Nancy demonstrates how to wind a center-pull ball with a nostepinne (a Norwegian word that translates literally to “skein stick”), an empty pill bottle, and a ball winder. Also, how to work with the wound yarn so that you don’t add extra twist—something I know I’ve been doing.

Nancy Shroyer explains how to measure wraps per an inch.

Nancy Shroyer explains how to measure wraps per an inch.

One of the most useful sections in the video is when Nancy Shroyer walks us through figuring out the yardage of yarn needed for a project when you don’t know how much you have or need—priceless! Knitter’s math will no longer be intimidating.

Happy knitting!
Elizabeth
All images from: Interweave Guide to Managing, Measuring, and Making the Most of Your Yarn with Nancy Shroyer

 

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