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New Pal

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Posted - 09/23/2008 :  2:01:47 PM  Show Profile Send a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How much fiber do I need to spin to make a scarf for a man? I'm thinking of using merino. How do I figure it out?


honorary angel

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Posted - 09/23/2008 :  9:10:20 PM  Show Profile Send llinn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You usually figure out how much you need for anything by yardage, not weight. And the yardage is totally dependant on the grist of the yarn (How much fiber is packed into each little length).

Just a rough rule of thumb, though. (and it's very rough)-- 1/2 a pound will give you enough yarn for a hat and gloves or mittens, a pound will give you enough for a BIG scarf and maybe a hat to match, 3 pounds will make enough yarn for a pretty big sweater

These are just sort of rough estimates you might use to decide how much of a particular fiber to buy. If you're spinning laceweight, you could possibly get a 60" x 60" shawl out of 2 or 3 oz of yarn.

Best thing is to find a pattern you like, figure how much yardage it requires and then spin a similar yarn to the number of yards you need. It really isn't very hard to do. You'll find that your handspun is real knittable.

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Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 09/23/2008 :  9:17:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit eepster's Homepage Send eepster a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My way of estimating is to find an item already made out of yarn similar to what you plan to spin and weigh it. Then add in a bunch more just to be safe.

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New Pal

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Posted - 09/24/2008 :  5:52:42 PM  Show Profile Send a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for your help.

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