12 Afghans in 12 Months Challenge

Choosing Yarn for the February Afghan – 12 Afghans In 12 Months

Well, it’s officially February, so now I can show you the yarn that I have chosen for this month’s afghan… Knit Picks Brava Worsted! You can see my color choices in this video.

Can you guess what I have designed for my afghan with this yarn?
Happy Yarning! 🙂

2 Comments

  • Tatting Central

    OK… these colors make me think: Winter blizzard at Dusk… As far as the stitch-type; I’m just learning how to knit, so I don’t really know much about special designs. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what you do with them!

    Question 1: Based on the yarn type, how can one determine what needle size should be used (in knitting)?
    Question 2: If it is not specified on the label, how can one identify what the yarn type is (worsted, sport, etc)?

    Thanks!

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hello Tatting Central,

      Thank you for your comment! I am glad that you are enjoying my videos! I will try to answer your questions to the best of my ability.

      “Question 1: Based on the yarn type, how can one determine what needle size should be used (in knitting)?”

      Well, that depends on the type of fabric that you are looking to achieve. Yarn labels usually give a suggested needle size to use with that weight of yarn, but you are not limited to the suggested sizes. If you like an open, loose fabric that you can see through, you could use a larger needle than is recommended for that yarn. Or, if you want a dense, tight, sturdy fabric, you could use a much smaller needle than is suggested. You might try making swatches with different needle sizes to see which fabric you like the best. (If you are following a pattern that needs to turn out a certain size, you would need to choose the needle size that gives you the correct gauge or stitches per inch.) Here are a few guidelines for choosing needle sizes:

      Superfine or Fingering: US 0 – 2 or 2 – 2.75mm
      Sport or DK: US 3 – 6 or 3.25 – 4mm
      Worsted or Aran: US 6 – 9 or 4 – 5.5mm
      Bulky: US 9 – 11 or 5.5 – 8mm
      Super Bulky: US 10 – 13 or 6-9mm

      “Question 2: If it is not specified on the label, how can one identify what the yarn type is (worsted, sport, etc)?”

      The most common way to determine the weight (or thickness) of a yarn if you don’t have the label is to measure the “wpi”, or wraps per inch. To do this, you would get an object of uniform thickness, width, or diameter (like a ruler or pencil) and wrap the yarn around it many times. Push the wraps together so that they are snug against each other, but not squishing each other. Then, Measure the number of wraps in one inch. Here are the figures for determining yarn weights with this method:

      Superfine or Fingering: 14 wpi
      Sport: 12 wpi
      DK: 11 wpi
      Worsted or Aran: 8-9 wpi
      Bulky: 7 wpi
      Super Bulky: 5-6 wpi

      Hope this helps! I hope your learning-to-knit journey is a pleasant one!
      Yay For Yarn

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