Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Pattern Question

I'm so new to spinning that it hurts, so I'm asking for advice in choosing a pattern for my swap pal from some of you Rebel Spindlers. How much yarn can you expect to get from 2 oz. or roving? I want to give my partner a pattern that she could make with the supplies I'm giving her, but would hate to give her a pattern that called for too much yardage. Can someone give me a general idea here? Thanks!


Blogger loribird said...

The yardage would depend on how thick the yarn was spun (2 oz bulky yarn = fewer yards than 2oz. of sport-weight yarn.) I use 4oz. to spin for a pair of socks, and have more than enough. I'd say a hat, wrist warmers, or headband would be a safe bet. There's also always the idea of using the handspun in combination with other yarn - as the brim of a hat, the cuffs of a sock, stripes on a scarf, part of a bag... and there's always fair isle... I'm sure you'll find something that will work!

9/06/2006 12:30 PM  
Blogger Laura Y. said...

I'm pretty new, too, but I find a good way to estimate is to look at retail yarns. It's going to depend on how fine your partner spins, of course -- 2 oz. of laceweight goes a lot further than 2 oz. of superbulky -- but 2 oz. is 2 oz. is 2 oz., no matter who's doing the spinning.

9/06/2006 5:02 PM  
Blogger Frith said...

I'm also fairly new at spinning, but I've been knitting for awhile. I figure at least 2 oz. for short gloves, 4 oz. for a pair of socks or longer gloves/armwarmers. For a hat, you may need 3-4 oz., depending on the style and fiber. For a scarf, I'd figure at least 6 oz. Of course, this can vary quite a bit. Generally, thicker items made from heavier yarn weigh more, and you'd need more fiber.

Also, knitting patterns will usually tell you how much fiber is in them. If it calls for 2 balls of Super Brand Wool, you need to figure out how much one ball of Super BrandWwool weighs, if the patterns doesn't already say. Then calculate the total, and add extra, because handspun tends to be denser than commercial yarn, and there may be some waste in the spinning process. (This assumes you're comparing similar fiber types.)

9/06/2006 7:24 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Great, thank you all, this is very helpful! My eyes generally fog over when I see the weight of a yarn, and zero in on the yardage. Guess I'll have to pay more attention in the future. :)

9/07/2006 1:32 PM  

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