Have you ever looked at a yarn label? If you have, you may have seen some of the following:
- a needle with a number next to it
- some information about stitches, rows and inches
- yarn weight or type
What's the point of all that? If your yarn label could talk, these are some of the things it might tell you...
Every yarn has an ideal needle size that you should use when knitting. Understanding yarn and needle standards will help you choose the right size yarn for your needles and vice versa. This will ultimately help make you a better and more knowledgeable knitter but also come in handy when trying to attain the correct gauge (this is something I'll talk about in a later post) for your knitting project.
There are six categories when it comes to yarn weight: lace, super fine, fine, light, medium, bulky and super bulky (Japan breaks it down even further by splitting the lace category in two making seven categories in total). The chart below shows the different yarn weight categories, the type of yarn that falls under each, recommended needle sizes for each, and estimated stitches in a four inch knitted swatch.
YARN STANDARDS CHART:
|Source: Craft Yarn Council's www.YarnStandards.com (I've added UK / CDN and JPN needle sizes)|
Because knitting is a worldwide trend, you'll come across patterns from many different countries and that means they'll call for needle sizes that are unfamiliar to you. Here's a chart that compares metric, US, UK/ Canadian, and Japanese knitting needle sizes.
KNITTING NEEDLE COMPARISON CHART:
|Source: Craft Yarn Council's www.YarnStandards.com (I've added UK / CDN and JPN needle sizes and smaller US sizes)|
I'm always interested in learning more about knitting and what is common in other countries. What's something new that you've learned recently?