One of the things I learnt over the years, is that a good scale is an essential tool for knitters. Even more if you’re a knitting designer or pattern tester! Each and every time I’m writing a pattern, I oblige to my weighting routine.
Working with leftovers make it even more crucial that usual. To know how much yarn you used, you have two options: either measuring the length or the weight of it as manufacturers usually add the length per 100 or 50 g on the yarn band. And man, putting a yarn cake on a scale is so much easier than measuring the length of a full skein!
One of the first things I learnt when I started knitting is that it’s far more convenient to talk in weight and length of yarn than in ball or skein. Why? Simply because the length of your yarn skein/ball depends on the manufacturer. As an example, in the yarns I use for this upcoming pattern, all my yarns are fingering weight and 100 g skeins. But, I have skeins of 366, 400 or 425 meters (400, 437, 465 yds)
Luckily for us designers, spreadsheets always save the day and converting grams into meters and yards for every yarns and every sizes of a pattern can be achieved pretty quickly nowadays. When buying yarn be sure to check the length and weight of yarn needed instead of the number of skeins as you might not need the same number of balls / skeins that indicated in the pattern if yours has a different yardage.
On this good words, I’m back to my weighting routine, the last task I usually cross off my to-do list before sending a pattern to my tech editor for editing! Which means the pattern will be ready in just a few weeks! This one will be released as a MKAL during the month of June. I have not hosted a MKAL since the Not Bothered By The Cold MKAL! I’m so excited to do it again this year! Be sure to subscribe to the Tisserin Brood to be notified when the KAL will start 😉
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