What are the different weights of yarn?
Yarn Weight (Thickness)
|Yarn Weight||US Needle Size||Knitting Stitches Per Inch, in Stockinette Stitch|
|Fine or sport-weight||3–6||5–6|
|Light worsted or DK (double-knitting)||5–7||5–5 1/2|
|Medium- or worsted-weight, afghan, Aran||7–9||4–5|
|Bulky or chunky||10–11||3–3 1/2|
What is worsted weight yarn equivalent to?
Worsted (US) is slightly thinner than aran (UK). Both are approximately equal to 10ply (AU/NZ). The term ‘worsted’ comes from a particular spinning method so it is possible to find worsted-spun DK yarn although this is relatively rare unless you’re buying hand spun yarn.
How do you determine the weight of yarn on a label?
Count the wraps within the inch, and compare against these measurements below:
- Lace or 2 ply: 35 or more.
- Light fingering, sock, or 2 ply: 22 – 34.
- Fingering or 4 ply: 19 – 22.
- Sport: 15 – 18.
- DK: 12 – 17.
- Worsted or Aran: 9 – 11.
- Bulky or Chunky: 8 – 10.
- Super Bulky or Super Chunky: Anything that has 7 or less wraps per inch.
What is worsted weight yarn number?
4—Medium (Worsted, Afghan, Aran) Worsted weight yarn is the most frequently used. It is easy to work with (making it great for beginners), approximately double the weight of DK or sport yarn, and ideal for working up afghans. 5—Bulky (Chunky, Craft, Rug) Bulky yarn is about twice as thick as worsted weight.
How thick is worsted weight yarn?
Worsted Weight This is what is often considered ordinary knitting yarn. The gauge is roughly 5 stitches per inch on a size 7 or 8 needle. Some worsted may give a gauge of 4 or 4 1/2 stitches per inch and be knit on a 8 or 9. We consider these “heavy worsteds”.