Adjustable Shawl Tools: Love Your Kitchen Scale!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Adjustable Shawls series! Today, we’re talking about adjustable shawl tools: The most important one is … surprise: Your kitchen scale.

Love Your Kitchen Scale: It’s Not For Baking Only

Imagine you found this lovely skein of hand dyed lace weight yarn you plan to knit a square shawl diagonally. Unfortunately, it’s kind of a one-of-a-kind skein and you only got this one. How do you know when to stop increasing and start decreasing again?

The answer is simple: as soon as you have used half of your skein. But how to know when you used up half of it? Counting yards?

That’s when your kitchen scale joins in.

Yardage And Weight Are Related

Before you start knitting, put your skein on the scale and weigh it. Not because we don’t trust the yarn company and want to make sure we really got the four ounces we paid for, but to know exactly how much yarn we got for our project.

The yarn label should state weight and yardage. By weighing your skein you now know exactly how many yards you got – because you now know the weight exactly.

Using our previous example of an adjustable square shawl worked diagonally, we now know we need to start working decreases when the kitchen scale reads half of the original yarn weight.

Adjustable Shawl Tools Are Useful

Give it a try and use your adjustable shawl tools! The days of fear running out of yarn before your project is finished are over. Finally!

Just make sure to actually use it next time when planning your project. If you’re still unsure about the whole process I’d recommend starting a triangle shawl worked sideways – this shawl shape is adjustable by default. There’s nothing better when it comes to knit shawls from hand spun yarns, for example.

Any questions so far? If yes, feel free to drop me a comment!

Tools for adjustable shawls: your kitchen scale is more important than you might think

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5 thoughts on “Adjustable Shawl Tools: Love Your Kitchen Scale!

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  • May 10, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    I couldn’t knit without my scale! It’s saved me from many disasters.

  • July 12, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Do you have a tutorial on estimating the yardage needed for a shawl? I want to use expensive hand dyed yarn and don’t know how much to buy. I am making a rectangular shawl about 30″ X 72″ in fingering weight yarn. Is there a formula I can use? Thanks.

    • July 19, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Myra, I’m working on a tool for yardage estimation. I’ll let you know when it’s available!


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