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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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