Web Design and WPI

Well that’s been a heck of a week!

When we posted and announced our idea for Craftucation last Friday, we hadn’t dared hope that we’d get much of a response. We were really delighted with all the wonderful support we received, and the fabulous tutors that have contacted us saying they would love to be involved.

We’ve moved things on at pace, and are now working with a team that we feel will suit us (and you!) perfectly. We have great confidence in our developers to be able to create the site that we want it to be - accessible, fun, community-based and, of course, full of amazing courses. We’re ’wire framing’ at the moment, and will be for a few more weeks, which is great as it enables us to work out exactly how the website will function and how you’ll interact with it as a tutor or a student.

I’ll tell you more about the people we’re working with in the coming weeks and show you the progress that is being made. I’m so excited that it is actually happening! We will be looking to launch in 6 months, and good grief I think that time is going to fly past!

WPIs (wraps per inch) and yarn substitution

As well as working on the Craftucation business plan, marketing and web development, we are still doing all our Ewe Felty Thing stuff too, including our zoom craft and chatter groups.

This week we ended up talking about how to substitute yarns, or work out what weight yarn you have. This is really helpful for those who spin, knit, crochet and weave. Maybe you’ve created your own yarn and don’t know what project you could use it in, or maybe you have some unknown balls that you’ve inherited, or found when rooting around in your storage. Or maybe you’d like to mix different yarns together to create a fade or colourwork and need to know whether they will work together.

Either way, there are a multitude of reasons why being able to work out the WPI - Wraps per Inch - of your yarn is an important skill to have. Nikki did a ’live’ over on the Ewe Felty Thing Facebook page showing how to calculate it yourself. We’ve embedded it here for you to help!

Yarn wrapped around a ruler
Yarn wrapped around a ruler

The basic premise is that you wind the yarn in question around a ruler (or around a knitting needle if this is easier) and then count how many wraps there are when the yarn strands are laid neatly next to each other, not overlapping.

Once you have wrapped the yarn around, all you need to do is then count the number of wraps. In this case, it is 15.

The number of wraps you get will tell you what weight of yarn it is you have, and the wonderful Wendy has created a fantastic chart to help you easily see where your yarn fits.

As you can see from the table below, a WPI of 15 means that my yarn is approximately a sport-weight yarn (US). or on the thicker end of 4ply (UK) or would be a 5ply in Australia. This means that I now know what patterns to look for for that yarn.

Yarn weights chart
Yarn weights chart

You can also see from the table that just because one yarn says that it is 4ply, doesn’t mean that it is the same or would work alongside any other 4ply yarn. You can have a difference in meterage of up to 150m, as well as a change in thickness from 14wpi to 30wpi! This means that you need to be careful with mixing yarns in a project that they are both the same weight, otherwise you will find that your gauge changes throughout which will cause your project to shrink or grow between sections. It’s also important when checking your gauge before starting a project, because that way you know whether you are using a yarn similar to what the pattern was designed for, and therefore will work up to the measurements in the pattern. If the gauge is off, you will end up with something either too large or too small depending

We think this is a really helpful tip for a lot of crafters, and we hope you agree!

We’ll be including information like this as a resource on Craftucation once we’re up and running, so if you have any suggestions of things you’d like to see included, then please get in touch and let us know.

Have a good week and we’ll see you again next Friday!

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