When I get questions about yarn weights, I always feel a bit lost since we don’t group yarns this way. Now I stumbled on to this guide on craftsy.com to determine your yarns. I have tried the method on the yarns from Sirri and Snældan, and here is the result.
WPI is Wraps Per Inch, and as you can see I wrapped the yarn around a pencil.
Sirri 3-ply: 12 WPI = DK (Doubble Knitting)
Sirri 2-ply: 20 WPI = Fingering
Sirri 1-ply: 30 WPI = Lace
Snældan 5-ply: 10 WPI = Worsted
Snældan 3-ply: 17 WPI = Sport
Snældan 2-ply: 22 WPI = Fingering
Snældan 1-ply: 36 WPI = Lace
At least this should make it very clear, that 3-ply Sirri is not the same weight as 3-ply Snældan.
There are of course different terms from country to country, so here is a link to Yarn Weigth Terms to help find the right terms and which needles to use.
Hope this was helpful, and comments are always welcome :)
Or how I went from this…
… to this
One of my friends knitted a sweater in lots of Sirri colours, where especially the Light Blue C7 and the Coral C18 looked great together. Since then I have wanted to knit something with those two colours in it. So when I started out with the Icelandic Aftur pattern I thought now I had my chance. I started out with Light Brown and knitted the body and the sleeves. The colours don’t start until you have joined body and sleeves for the yoke.
I started out with my darkest colour, Purple C10, but when I had come as far as in this next photo I didn’t like it, and found it was a big mistake with the Light Brown for main colour. Light Grey would have been so much better.
I mixed the same colours a bit different, and this was the next try.
No, no, even worse!
Maybe Dark Blue was better than Purple? And now I was tired of knitting just to unravel again, so remebered this clever method to try out colours.
This is what I ended up with: Light Brown, Dark Brown, Purple C10, Lavender C9 and White. So only 5 different colours since I switched one of the colours in the yoke with my main colour Light Brown.
Finished sweater is a bit lose but very nice in the thin 2-ply Sirri.
I had 15 sts for 10 cm when I knitted in the round, the pattern requires 18 sts, so I had to do a bit of math to adjust the pattern. I started out with 150 stitches instead of 180, very easy math this time ;-).
And 34 sts for the sleeve.
Did you know that you can buy Snældan 5-ply in Red, Dark Blue and Pink? The Dark Blue is very dark – almost black. Find them here.
Faroese wool mixed with wool from the Falklands.
There are seven colours of undyed Snældan: White, light gray, gray, dark gray, charcoal, light brown and dark brown. All hanks are 100 gram.
It is nappað tógv which means the coarse outer hairs of the sheep’s fleece have been pulled of, so the wool is very soft.
For now you can order the white undyed in 1-ply and all the natural colours in 5-ply.