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WPItool

Have you ever been gifted a yarn without a tag or pulled a tagless skein of yarn from your stash? I know I sure have. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a tool to help you determine the weight of the yarn in question? Well, there is, and this is one version (this one is from Nancy’s Knit Knacks). Just this last week I pulled this little critter out of my knitting bag in the midst of one of my classes, and questions inevitably ensued. What is it?

It’s called a wraps-per-inch tool (WPI for short). It’s primarily intended for spinners, since handspun yarn quite obviously has no gauge information attached to it. But I’ve found it sometimes comes in handy for knitting, too. You see, I secure the tail of my yarn in the groove at the larger end, wrap my yarn around the shaft–comfortably snug but not squished on–and then I count the number of wraps I have per inch. Mine even came with a handy card that tells me the number of wraps for the different weights of yarn! It’s really surprisingly accurate. So the next time you see one of these at your local yarn store, you might consider picking one up for your knitting bag. Your knitting friends will be impressed!

How about you? Do you use a WPI tool? Please share below!