Got Stash?

My goal this year was to end the year with fewer skeins of yarn in my stash than I started with. That didn’t mean I couldn’t buy new yarn – only that I had to use more than I bought, and I tried to only buy yarn with a specific project in mind for it.

As of today, I’m down 105 skeins from the total on January 1. The total yardage isn’t down quite as dramatically, as I purchased more lightweight yarns which have more yardage per skein. But still, I’m happy about it, and my stash bins are a little lighter. I still have a little bit of yarn that won’t fit in the bins, but I’m getting close. I’ve knit nearly 14 miles of yarn this year. Whew!

But there’s still a lot of yarn to use up. A great stash-busting idea is that if you don’t have the appropriate weight yarn for a project, see if you can substitute multiple strands of a lighter-weight yarn for it. You could be multiple strands of the same yarn, or use totally different yarns for a great effect. The Nanako jacket I just finished was a great example of that.

This morning I got the Chic Knits newsletter, which had a tip on how to use multiple yarns to substitute for a heavier yarn:

  • Add the two gauges of Yarn #1 + Yarn #2 together
  • Divide that sum by 3 to get the approximate New Gauge

Trying this out with yarn that has a gauge of 4.5 sts per inch, we get: 4.5 + 4.5 = 9 / 3 = 3 sts per inch.

I had also previously collected some general guidelines on substituting multiple strands of yarn:

2 strands fingering = 1 strand sport
3 strands fingering = 1 strand worsted
2 strands sport = 1 strand worsted
2 strands worsted = 1 strand bulky
3 strands worsted = 1 strand super bulky

Go forth and knit!

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10 Responses to Got Stash?

  1. Chris says:

    Yay for stash busting progress!

  2. Rebecca Wilder says:

    Thanks for that tidbit of information…….especially since I have MANY skeins of fingering I need to knit into something other than socks!

  3. Kitten says:

    I think I must knit funny cuz I can usually get worsted gauge with two strands of fingering. Of course, I was using CTH which, as I recall, runs a little heavy for fingering. DAMN, I need to knit some socks if I can’t even remember how my beloved CTH runs.

  4. Kitten says:

    PS – Excellent work on the stash busting!

  5. Cayenne says:

    Thank you so much for that information!

  6. Cathy says:

    You were much more successful than I was at stash busting this year! Everyone on my list received a knitted gift – even managed some charity hats, too. But didn’t make the dent I had intended. I’m planning on doing my charity knitting in 2011 using 3 strands of sock yarn for hats, mittens and scarves. I have made one hat so far and it worked well. Thanks for all the additional information.

  7. Squishy says:

    Wonderful stash knitting progress! I’ll have to post pictures… my mom found a Barbie with clothes she knit when she was 20. O.o They’re on a newer barbie, but they’re 40 years old.

  8. margene says:

    You are the best stash buster knitter I know!

  9. Laurie says:

    You did better than I did. And I really appreciate the formulas you posted. Saves much headscratching.

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