Standard Yarn Weights

May 24, 2010 at 10:41 pm Leave a comment

The Craft Yarn Council of America instituted a number system for yarn gauges with recommendations for needle size. This information is only a guideline and, as always, swatching is the key to your success.

 

Super Fine “1″  (Lace, Fingering, Sock)
Avg. Gauge knitted over 4″:  27 – 32 sts
US Needle:  1 – 3
Metric Needle:  2.25 mm - 3.25 mm


Fine “2″
(Sport, Baby)
Avg. Gauge knitted over 4″:  23 - 26 sts
US Needle:  3 – 5
Metric Needle: 3.25 mm - 3.75 mm


Light “3″
 (DK, Light Worsted)
Avg. Gauge knitted over 4″:  21 - 24 sts
US Needle:  5 – 7
Metric Needle:  3.75 mm - 4.5 mm


Medium “4″
 (Worsted, Aran, Afghan)
Avg. Gauge knitted over 4″:  16 – 20 sts
US Needle:  7 – 9
Metric Needle:  4.5 mm – 5.5 mm


Bulky
 “5″ (Chunky, Craft, Rug)
Avg. Gauge knitted over 4″:  12 – 15 sts
US Needle:  9 – 11
Metric Needle:  5.5 mm - 8.0 mm


Super Bulky “6″
 (Bulky, Roving)
Avg. Gauge knitted over 4″:  6 – 11 sts
US Needle:  ll and larger
Metric Needle:  8.0 mm and larger

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