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« on: July 19, 2012 09:21:42 AM »

I'm really just getting started with crochet, and am curious about all the gorgeous stash busting projects I've seen. The problem I have is "guess-timating " the length I need of any certain color to make a motif. I'm currently in the yo-yo along for this month and have tried to use "excess" but to no avail.

Any suggestins for measuring scraps?
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2012 09:37:45 AM »

What you need is a scale!  It's how I do it, anyway.

When I made my Jacob's Snakes and Ladders blanket, I started with scrap yarn that I knew had to be enough for a few rows.  I did the base chain and first row, then weighed it on my "kitchen" scale (I use quotes because I have never actually used it in my kitchen...).  Then I did the second row and weighed it again.

Take the second number and subtract the first and now you know how much the yarn needed for one row will weigh.  After that, it's simply a case of weighing any suspiciously small balls of yarn before using them.

For a motif, it would be similar.  Use yarn that you know you have enough of, and weigh it as you go - at whatever points make sense - and then you have the information you need.

Alternately, if you're making small motifs, you could make one, then unravel it and measure the length of yarn you used.
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2012 11:40:44 AM »

Brilliant! I'm going to the big box store this afternoon and will have to pick up a kitchen scale. Thanks so very much!!!!
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