- Yarn Meter
- Nancy's Knit Knacks is pleased to
announce the introduction of the Generation II Yarn Meter
Our new Yarn Meter has a built-in tensioner. This allows the user to add
the correct level of tension on their yarn to ensure that the meter works
properly. This new unit can also be used to tension yarn in any
application. It does not need to be used with the meter (simply remove the
This is the original yarn meter with wooden guide posts.
Over 10,000 of these were sold during the last decade. These will no longer
yarn meter is useful whenever you want to measure
the length of yarn, string, or other material.
Accuracy - the meter measures the length in FEET. It does
not measure in Yards, You simply divide the number displayed by 3 to arrive
at the number of yards that have been measured.
The meter is a Fishing Meter and is used by fishermen to
measure how far and/or how deep they have cast their line during fishing. It
is not a commercial meter and its accuracy is less than 100%. If you need a
meter that is extremely accurate, then look at our Electronic Yarn Meter
which has been built from the ground up by NKK. It measures in meters and
yards (as well as weight).
The Yarn Meter above, however, fills a need to enable
knitters to measure the length of their yarn.
This new generation 2
version increases the accuracy and reliability quite substantially by means
of the onboard yarn tensioner. Prior to this development, the user had
to run the yarn through their hand to apply back tension to the yarn prior
to entering the meter. Or the user could use our Yarn Meter Plus which had
an array of tensioning dowels. This new variable adjusting meter, however,
replaces the Yarn Meter Plus as well as the standard meter.
Price for Yarn Meter $60.00
- Table Clamp Assembly
- "L" Bolt, Clamp Block, wing nut (limit of 1)
- Note: this is already included with the meter
assy. This unit is for anyone who needs to replace a lost clamp
- Replacement Meter
(plastic meter only, not wooden base or clamp)
Note: this meter is used in the fishing industry to
measure fishing line. It has been produced in high volume for years. Because
it is used by fishermen, it can be lightly rinsed out to remove yarn
fuzz with no damage to the meter. We modify the meter slightly to better
accommodate yarn. Do not use meters available in sporting goods stores since
they will not have been modified for yarn use.
Available through shops and catalogs nationwide plus online at
Nancy's Knit Knacks.
Questions? Send us an email
you having problems in using the Yarn Meter?
The secret to using the yarn meter is TENSION. You need
to add the right amount of continuous tension on both
sides of the meter in order to ensure an accurate
We have diagnosed most all of the possible glitches
that can occur when using the yarn meter and offer the
following Do's and DON'T to our users.
- Yarn meter attached to table.
- Ball winder positioned about 10-16" from the
- The yarn guide on the ball winder turned
sideways toward the meter.
- The swift should be inline with meter as much as
- The yarn ball on floor slightly to the left of
the meter yarn guide tower*.
- This setup can be reversed if desired.
* - please note that the swift and ball winder can be
positioned out of alignment with the meter since the
meter can accommodate various angles of incoming and
outgoing yarn from its yarn guide towers. HOWEVER, each
time you change the direction of yarn, you apply tension
to it and this will cause the ball to wind tighter and
will produce more drag on the yarn making it more
difficult to wind. THEREFORE, try to keep these devices
in approximate alignment with the meter.
This section assumes that you have properly positioned
the yarn in the meter and that yarn placement IS NOT the
cause of the problem. Be sure that the yarn is turning
the number wheels when it is pulled through. If it
isn't, then the yarn is either not inserted properly OR
the meter is
Do not pull the yarn through by hand. Use a ball
winder. The ball winder provides a more continuous and
steady tension on the yarn and most importantly,
eliminates the stop and go of manually pulling the yarn
- At one time in the past, we indicated to users
that they could measure their yarn while sitting and
knitting. We have since retracted that
recommendation because of the inaccurate readings
that manually pulling the yarn through the meter can
Do not position the ball winder too close to the
meter. Give the yarn a reasonable distance to exit the
meter and enter the ball winder, otherwise there may be
too much tension on the ball.
If the yarn ball is too tight after winding it, that
could mean that one of the following problems
- Something is obstructing the yarn from flying
freely through the meter to the ball winder.
- Make sure the source of the yarn is not wound
too tightly or has snagging problems.
- Make sure you are not holding the yarn too
tightly prior to going into the meter.
- Make sure you are not changing the direction of
the yarn too many times between the yarn source and
- If using our Yarn Tensioner, make sure you do
not have the yarn wrapping around too many of the
Measurements are inconsistent and short
Tension, Tension, Tension - you do not have enough
tension on the yarn on either the yarn source end
or the pulling end (or worse, on both).
Most users who report this as a problem are typically
making one or more of the following mistakes:
- Pulling yarn through by hand.
- Not holding (and applying back tension to) the
yarn prior to it entering the meter (not necessary
if using our optional Yarn Tensioner).
- Using really lightweight yarns (lace or lighter
) or threads. we recommend that you use our
Tensioner if you are primarily using lightweight
threads or yarns with our meter.
- You may have accumulated too much fiber from the
yarn around the drive wheel axle. Remove the front
screw and inspect the axle. It should turn freely.
If not, carefully remove any fiber residue in that
Remember, if you were simply ball winding your
yarn, you would normally hold it and apply tension prior
to the yarn being wrapped by the ball winder. Well,
guess what? The same dynamics that affect the ball
winder and the yarn come into play with our meter. You
need to apply tension to the yarn or something will not
work properly. In our case, inadequate tension will
cause the meter to MEASURE SHORT because the yarn is
literally flying over the drive wheel inside the meter
and not making proper contact.
This drive wheel problem is made worse by thin or
lightweight yarns. Fortunately, tension solves all of
You can apply tension by hand or with our Yarn
Tensioner. Either way, the meter will record a very
accurate measurement if the proper tension is applied to
the yarn prior to going through the meter and by the
ball winder pulling it through. So, if your meter is
measuring short, you need to apply more tension.
Still having problems? Please call us!
** Defective Meter
- if the number wheels do not turn at all and you are
sure the yarn is engaging the drive wheel properly, your
meter may be defective. We will replace meters during
the first 90 days of use if they have not been abused by
the user. Thereafter, we can sell you a replacement
meter (the clamp and wood base do not need to be
replaced). Please note that we modify each meter
specifically for improved yarn usage and meters bought
at your local fishing store will not have this important
Contact us for more info