Yarn and Sett
I have trouble in figuring out what project I can do with a 12-dent reed and how to determine the yarns and setts I can use. I want to weave dish towels and dish cloths. Can these be done with a 12-dent reed?
It sounds like you are a pretty new weaver, and it is always hard at first to grasp the significance of all these tools with numbers (dents, widths, shafts, treadles). The purpose of a reed is simply to space the warp threads. You can use your 12-dent reed and put 1 thread in each dent (12 ends per inch) or 2 threads (24 ends per inch) or other numbers for other setts (2 alternating with 3 for 30 ends per inch, for example). The number depends on the yarn and the density that works for your desired fabric hand. 10/2 cotton would work well for dish towels at 24 ends per inch in plain weave, for example.