All about the Yarn - Very Important for all Crocheters
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All about the Yarn – Very Important for all Crocheters !!

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Yarn Weight

Yarn weight simply means how big / thick a particular yarn is. The names given to each general category of weight are non-linear, which makes it a bit confusing at first. So here are common terms in use in the USA, given from lightest / thinnest to heaviest / thickest.

Cobweb – a yarn so thin you’ll practically need a magnifying glass to use it.

Lace – still ultra-thin; great for extra floaty shawls.

Fingering – thin, but definitely useable. A common weight for socks and shawls.

Sport – medium thick yarn, good for lightweight garments or thick winter socks.

DK – stands for Double Knitting weight. On the light side of middle of the road and a popular weight for garments.

Worsted – truly the middle of the yarn thickness road here. Great for snuggly sweaters and projects that don’t take forever.

Aran – heavier than worsted weight, but not yet bulky. I like this weight for thick hats!

Bulky – you guessed it, this is a fat yarn!

Super Bulky – even fatter yarn. This category is a catchall for all kinds of extremely thick yarns and rovings.

These are the American terms, in India we generally use fingering weight, DK , Worsted, Bulky and Super Bulky. Since the weight of your yarn plays a huge part in ensuring your project turns out to be the size you expect, let’s dig deeper into this topic.

The best Products available in India – from Anchor Brand –

Anchor AKC – 4057 is the Fingering Weight Yarn
Anchor AKC – 4060 is the DK Weight Yarn

Below is a table comparing yarn weights (ply or thicknesses) in a range of countries—

USA UK Australia Germany m/100g Wraps Per Inch Recommended knitting needle size, mm, Recommended crochet hook size, mm Other terms used
0 or Lace 1 ply More than 800 40+ wpi 1.5 – 2.5 1.5 – 2.5 Single, Cobweb, Thread, Zephyr
0 or Lace 2 ply 2 fädig (ply) 600-800 30-40 wpi 1.5 – 2.5 1.5 – 2.5
1 or Super Fine 3 ply 3 ply 3 fädig 500-600 20-30 wpi 2 – 3 2.25 – 3.5 Light Fingering, Sock, Baby
1 or Super Fine 4 ply 4 ply 4 fädig 350-450 14-24 wpi 2 – 3 2.25 – 3.5 Fingering, Sock, Baby
2 or Fine 5 ply 6 fädig 250-350 12-18 wpi 3 – 4 3.5 – 4.5 Sport, Baby, 3-ply (obsolete American)
3 or Light DK (Double Knit) or 8 ply 8 ply 200-250 11-15 wpi 4 – 4.5 4.5 – 5.5 Light Worsted, DK
4 or Medium Worsted, Aran, Triple Knit (rare) 10 or 12 ply 120-200 9-12 wpi 4.5 – 5.5 5.5 – 6.5 Worsted, Afghan, Fisherman, 4-ply (obsolete American)
5 or Bulky Chunky, Double Double Knit (rare) 12 or 16 ply 100-130 6-8 wpi 5.5 – 8 6.5 – 9 Craft, Rug
6 or Super Bulky Super Chunky Less than 100 5-6 wpi >8 >9 Roving
7 or Jumbo Less than 100 n/a 12.75 mm and larger 15 mm and larger Roving

 

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