Sport Merino - on the Mid-Gauge

When a yarn is 2,000 yards per pound, I immediately think of my standard gauge machine. I've been knitting it at tension 8 with great results.

I sat down this afternoon and knit the gorgeous yarn on my LK-150 (6.5mm) at tension 2 ... What a pleasant surprise!  It's beautiful!

This opens even more possibilities for this yarn

Mid-Gauge (purple)
Tension 2
29 sts / 40 rows = 4"
Standard (dk green)
Tension 8
30 sts / 38 rows = 4"

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Posted by Sue Jalowiec on 11/12/2014 at 12:00 AM | Categories:


Kathleen Pelley

Kathleen Pelley wrote on 09/18/13 8:25 PM

I am always looking for sport weight and DK weight wool yarn on cones for hand knitting. However, this is what I call fingering weight yarn, not sport weight. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I'm always looking for heavier yarns on cones, too! The terms fingering weight, sport weight, etc are so vague ... That's why I like to use the yards per pound as a more accurate guide. But ... there are some yarns at 2000 ypp that I wouldn't consider knitting on the mid-gauge ... but the Sport has enough loft that it works! ~~~Su

Denise wrote on 10/06/13 8:05 AM

Fingering weight is the 2ply for us in the UK? ******************************************* The sport is shown on the Yeoman webstie as a DK weight at approx 2000 yards per pound To compare, their Yeoman 2-ply yarns are approx 3600 yards per pound (approx 3300 meters) All of these terms 2 Ply - 4 Ply, fingering, worsted can be confusing! Comparing yards per pound is a much more accurate way to think of yarn weights.

Denise wrote on 10/15/13 5:22 AM

Thank you
Kathleen Hill

Kathleen Hill wrote on 11/14/13 5:07 PM

Just a guess :-) I think that the names are more important than the ypp, due to the differences in the processing of the fibre; worsted vs woolen. Worsted is processed gently, combed (fibres lying straight and long side by side), spun short draw to maintain length of fibre moving to inside of yarn to form a strong, sleek fibre that is - airless. Wrapping it round a form will not drive out air as there is none giving an accurate estimate. A coarse, long fibre can be processed as a true worsted and produce a strong, light weight, silky, sleek fibre. Whereas a woollen is processed with bullishness. It is washed/dyed in simmering bubbling bath (agitation) to aid in fulling (more air). It is brushed and not combed to form fibres every which way (more air), while wool moves toward outer aspect of fibre (hairy and plump). It is spun long-draw, rather than short-draw as in worsted, so again more air/hair. The twist is set by thwacking the damp skeins against a towel on the floor (more air/plumping or fulling). No weight is added while drying, while with worsted one simply hangs to dry with weight (no thwacking) with amount of weight in accordance with its purpose. i.e. that beautiful luxury fibre is tortured into fulling (filled with air). So: Maybe the luxury fibre (merino) when wrapped around a form to get ypp is being flattened (temporarily and giving a false sense of its gauge in ypp) as the air is driven out of it. But when it is being worked and in its final fabric product, there is no restriction to its moving to its desired state (fulled) plump with air. Shine ON* Katie

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