We’ve all done it. We want to start a new project, and we check out our stash to see if we have any yarn that will work. We have tons of partially used skeins, but we’re not sure if it’s enough, so we run out to the local yarn store to buy more. Or worse yet, we start the project with what we’ve got, only to get 90% done and run out of yarn!
Well, there’s a super-simple way to determine if you have enough yarn with no guessing! All you need is:
- A kitchen scale – the kind you use to measure ingredients when baking or to weigh foods so you know the calorie count
- The yarn label or at least the type of yarn so you can look up the info online
If you have those 3 things, you’ll always know if you have enough yarn. Here’s how it works.
- Weigh your yarn in grams
- Look at the label to find the total number of grams in a new skein of yarn
- Divide the weight of your yarn by the total in a new skein
- Look at the label to find the total number of yards in a new skein
- Multiply your percentage from step 3 by the number in step 4
Okay, that sounds more complicated than it really is, so let’s look at an example using really simple math.
- You weigh your yarn, and it’s 50 grams.
- The label says a new skein is 100 grams.
- 50/100 = 50%. You have ½ a skein left.
- The label says a new skein is 200 yards.
- 200 X 50% = 100 yards.
You can complete any project that calls for less than 100 yards.
So let’s try it using numbers that aren’t so straightforward. Let’s say I want to make the It’s Spring! Sun Hat on my blog. I want to use this pink yarn for the main color. My pattern says that I need 135 yards of the yarn.
- I weigh the yarn, and it’s 101 grams.
- The label says that a new skein is 125 grams
- 101/125 = 80.8% of the skein left
- The label says a new skein is 249 yards
- 249 X 80.8% = 201 yards left
I have plenty of yarn for this project!
It’s so easy and works every time!