Yarn for Knitting Machines
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Yarn on Cones for Sale
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About Yarn for MKers
BUT you must understand what yarns work with YOUR machine.
Yarn tips for Newbie Mkers
Less ends to work in and often coned yarn is waxed (or treated) to pass more easily through the knitting machine.
We recommend beginning knitters start with yarn on cones. It saves you time in re-winding or dealing with difficult yarns in balls.
1.What Gauge is your machine?The size of the needles and the distance between them determines what yarn you can use.
Learn more about needle pitch and machine gauges.
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2. Compare by Yards per Pound (YPP)
- Tamm Sport is a good choice for the Standard Gauge Machines It is approx 1,722 yards per pound
- Tamm 3 PLY is a good choice if you are going to play with fairisle. At approx 2,564 yards per pound it is lighter. It is beautiful single stranded, but it is especially nice when knitting color work
- Tamm also has a heavier yarn on cones ... Tamm Nordic for the Mid Gauge/Bulky Machines is a versatile weight. Notice that it's approx 1112 yards per pound.
3. YPP is the best way to compare yarn in balls, hanks or skeins.The Knit it Now Yards Per Pound Tool helps you compare yarns to determine the best machine for each yarn, no matter the put up.
How much yarn?
Tools to help you choose yarn
Determine if it's right for your machine
Calculate how much you need for your project
Vintage Yarn Index
- Do you have a pattern using an old yarn? Find a current replacement.
- Learn more about your stash yarn.
Yarn Sources at Knit it Now
Color Cards - samples to feel the yarn and see the actual colors
Myth Busting - Yarn for Knitting Machines
- Do I need special yarn for my machine?
- What yarn can I use with my machine?
- Do I have to re-wind yarn in balls or center pull skeins?
If you are an experienced knitter, please join in with your words of wisdom for other knitters.
How much yarn?
3 Ways to estimate "How much Yarn do I need?"
- Use "The Knitters Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements"
- Learn to do the math - Watch the Video"
- Use the Knit it Now tool
00:03:03 - Use the "Knitters Guide"
00:4:58 - Watch the video
00:9:48 - Example with Radiant Cotton
00:12:20 - Use the Knit it Now Tool>
00:15:23 - NEW! Machine Knitting Terms
00:19:03 - Bias when knitting with cotton
Let's explore some techniques that put "skinny" yarn to use!
00:04:04 - Compare some yarn weights
00:04:45 - What yarn for what machine?
00:05:53 - Comparison Chart
00:09:08 - Numbering System
00:11:39 - Confused by all the terms?
00:12:15 - Wraps per Inch (WPI)
00:15:12 - Single, Double and Triple Strand
00:16:20 - Multi-Strand Stripe
00:18:01 - A trick to compare yarns
00:19:50 - Twisting / Marled effect
00:25:36 - Interested in Plaiting?
00:29:35 - Sneak Preview
Yarn counts ... what do those numbers mean?
A guide to Knitting with Yarn on Cones
Yarn for knitting machines
Yarn Recommendations for Newbie Knitters