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.
A new gauge for a new project.
Sirri 2-ply on needles 4.5 mm.
18 stitches and 24 rows = 10 x 10 cm.
Editing to say, that when I knitted in the round, I had 15 stitches for 10 cm. Very big difference.
This turned out to be my Aftur sweater
Mix Sirri with Kitten Mohair in this soft blue scarf.
Fisherman’s rib takes a bit longer to knit, but it is worth it.
The finished scarf measures 24X180 cm.
Yarn: 150 gram 2-ply Sirri C16 and 100 gram Kitten Mohair from Sandnes Garn nr 5836.
Needle size: 8 mm
CO 25 sts using both yarns. Knit the first two and the last two sts of every row.
Work in firsherman’s rib for 180 cm. This tutorial shows how I prefere to knit the fisherman’s rib.
For the next two weeks I am on holiday. Any orders sent to Faroe Knitting during this period will be processed the second week of September
I have started a new project, a blue scarf in Sirri 2-ply and Kitten Mohair. If anyone wants to knit along, I have 25 sts on 8 mm needles. Every row begins and ends with K2, and the rest of the row is fisherman’s rib, so it is very easy, and the mohair gives it a nice look and softness.
I had two balls of Kitten Mohair from Sandnes in my stash (colour 5836) which I have mixed with the colour closest to it in Sirri (C16) I hope this will be enough for a good long scarf.
The 3-ply Dark Blue Sirri C2 is back in stock.
This very difficult question I received in my mail today, and I know it’s very difficult to match colours when you just have photos to look at.
So now I am asking all of you, when picking two colours ,which colour would you choose with Teal?
I have some photos to help, taken in daylight by my window, no artificial light. I know they look different on different computers, and the best way to match colours is, if you can watch them in real life in daylight, but let us give it a try.
Teal C8 is placed in the middle on every photo.
C3 – C8 – C4
C6 – C8 – C5
C10 – C8 – C9
C13 – C8 – C12
C16 – C8 – C7
The pattern for this sweater is from the book Knitting with Icelandic Wool. It is called Æði.
Instead of the yarn in the pattern, I use Sirri 3-ply Blue C16, White and Light Gray.
I am knitting size XS on needles 8 mm, since it has 109 stitches, and I know this should fit me (Size M) in Sirri yarn. And then size L for the length of sleeves and body.
I have been to Sirri’s fashion show, and I think my favourite is the black see through dress.
Seven red, chrocheted hexagons.
Yarn is Sirri 2-ply, and the colours are C12, C15 and C106.
And I used this Hexagon How-to. The hexagons are joined as you go, which is new to me. I usually make a whole bunch of granny squares and then spend days laying them out in different patterns planning how to join them.