Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Yarn Terminology, US/UK/AU

There are so many names for yarns, and so many patterns, written by so many people in so many countries!

What yarn is called in one country is not always what it means in another country.

Here's a very short and simple chart to help you all identify which yarn and which needle/ hook to use.


USA
UK
Australia
Suggested needle (mm)
Laceweight
1 ply
2 ply
1.5–2.25 mm
Fingering
2 ply
3 ply
2.25– 3 mm
Sock
3 ply
3 ply
2.25— 3.25 mm
Sport
4 ply
5 ply
3.25— 3.75 mm
DK/Light Worsted
DK
8 ply
3.75— 4.5 mm
Worsted
Aran
10 ply
4.5— 5.5 mm
Bulky
Chunky
12 ply
5.5– 8 mm
Super Bulky
Super Chunky
14 ply
8 mm and up