When it comes to choosing the right yarn, I am all about stash diving!
Given my obsession with felted slippers this year, I had a hefty selection to choose from. However, since most of these were left over from knitting I wasn’t sure if I would have enough for this Knit-A-Long.
If you’re like me and stash diving, here’s a helpful guide on how to figure out how much yarn you have. To do this math you will need –
- A gram scale (you can find them at yarn shops, baking supplies stores, or just by googling)
- Yarn you either know is 100% non-superwash wool/alpaca, or yarn you still have the ball tag for which you can confirm the fiber content
I had an extra ball of Harrisville Designs FLYWheel in the color Penstock. The combination of black with red, blue, and yellow gives me joy every time I see it.
I’ve already used this ball for another project, so I wanted to see how many yards I have remaining.
One skein of FLYWheel has 170 yards and weighs 50 grams. Now if you want to solve for just this 21 gram ball of yarn, you can do a simple fraction of (170/50) times 21 which equals 71.4 yards. If it helps to see the math written out, here is my handwritten process for you to follow:
If you have multiple skeins of the same yarn, you may prefer to calculate the yards per gram (my first step above) which may be useful for several balls of yarn.