NKK Blog — Measuring Yarn

Yarn Thickness: Everything You Need to Know About Wraps Per Inch (WPI)

Posted by Michael Gallagher on

Yarn thickness is measured in Wraps Per Inch (WPI) to determine its weight category. This method of measurement can be used on any yarn, from those mystery skeins lurking in your stash to handspun yarns and even commercially made yarns that you suspect might be mislabeled (it happens more often than you’d think!). Whether you’re looking to substitute in a yarn for the pattern of your choosing, or you’re trying to use up leftover bits in a scrappy knit or crochet project, taking the time to measure WPI can ensure consistency in your yarn choices, resulting in a project you...

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How to Measure Those "Mystery Yarns" in Your Stash

Posted by MIchael Gallagher on

Every knitter, crocheter or weaver has them: mysterious skeins of yarn that have long since lost their labels and have been partially used up at one point or another.  With all of the clever patterns coming out which use mini skeins and scrap yarn, you might wish to revisit these forgotten skeins and find a new use for them, other than taking up space in your stash. But how do you know if you have the correct weight of yarn or enough yardage to make what you want?  Here's where a few handy tools come to the rescue: using a...

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