How do I figure out the sett for a particular yarn?
When I’m trying to imagine the ends per inch for a yarn, I wrap the ruler for 1 inch leaving a space between the wraps that is big enough for the weft yarn to fit into. If the weft yarn is fatter than the warp yarn, the space would be larger. Remember that no woven fabric is finished until it is washed and dried. All natural yarns blossom so if you don’t leave any air space for the yarn to blossom, you end up making very hard fabric. If you do leave that space after the yarn has blossomed the fabric has an excellent hand and a soft yet stable drape. To check out suggested setts for particular yarns and drafts – you’ll find them all listed on the individual yarn pages on the Jane Stafford Textiles website. To look for the yarn you are planning to use, go to the main yarn menu at Jane Stafford Textiles and search for your yarn and it’s sett from the large selection of cottons, linens, wools, silk, alpaca, mohair and blends. You’ll also find my Master Sett Chart under About at the top of JST’s main page.