I got this yarn last week, but it didn’t have labels, so I am on my own. Since today is a holiday I thought I would take a few minutes to sort this out and do other things that I’ve been meaning to do while I listen to the inauguration.
The WPI on the left counts 22 wpi (I’ve taped them onto the back of the ruler for photographic purposes) and the WPI on the right counts 25 wpi. I’ don’t use this measuring method very often because I can usually tell at a glance what size needle I’m going to use so I went here to get a better idea of how to categorize this yarn.
At 22 wpi, the yarn on the left is sport weight yarn. Hmmmm. I would have guessed lace, so it is always good to check. At 25 wpi, the yarn on the right is fingering. But I’ve looked through Google and my own reference books and I think there isn’t really a standard here. And frankly, I’m going to do what I’m going to do, and ultimately will have a ball band giving me yardage and weight, so I’ve got the info I need:
- I knit the yarn on the left on size 4(3.25mm) ndls for this swatch.
- I will try the yarn on the right on size 3(3mm) ndls.
And I was worried that the difference was really just a trick and that the yarn was the same. So now I know. My knitting plans remain the same. The variegation of the dyed yarn is fairly subtle in the knitted piece which is nice because you can’t successfully have color and lace competing.
Ultimately for me it is all gauge!