Yarn Weights by Region


Hello everyone. Welcome to It’s Crochet O’clock. My name is Stephanie and today we are going to be talking about yarn weights. This is one of my most requested videos. So for those of you who have been waiting, I apologize. It’s finally here. Something that you’re gonna notice today is me looking off to the side and that is because I am checking my notes. Even I have to make notes for this. So if yarn weights confuse you, Please do not feel bad about that because there are so many of us who still have to reference back to charts. And the reason that that is, is because the names of yarns, well their weights, changes from region to region. So because we’re online and a lot of us belong to a lot of crochet groups you may see a term used for a pattern that you find that you’re not familiar with and it’s not that they’re wrong. It’s just that they’re from a different region than us. So they call it something different. So it is my hope that this video is going to help alleviate some of that confusion for you. I certainly hope that it’s not going to confuse you more but I would like to ask for your forgiveness if my eyes happen to wander off to the side because like I said, even I have to reference back and I’m going to try to cover everything. Now, the way that yarn is made is, The fibers are spun together and when they are spun together that creates what is called a “ply”. Then we take those plies and we spin those together and that determines the thickness of the yarn. Now a long time ago, it was pretty standard the size of plies. But now the industry has grown and demand has come in for different types of yarns, we’re using more materials than ever to spin yarn and those materials create different thickness of plies. So back in the old days, the yarns were referred to in ply numbers, but we can’t really go by that anymore because,
you know, something that is two-ply could actually be thicker than an aran or a worsted weight yarn, depending on who spun it and what material it was spun out of. So I did a lot of research for this video because I wanted to try and capture as many of the verbage surrounding these weights, so I could put them all into one place for you. And one thing that I found on the
Love Knitting website was a chart and I’m gonna link to it
in the description box below. But they broke it down by US terms, UK terms, and then (US, not US) Australian and New Zealand. Type terms and I had never seen that done before I had never heard that Australians and New Zealand’s – New Zealanders. Sorry Kiwi friends. That they simply still referred to yarns as plies. I don’t know if that’s the truth, but during this video I am going to take those and and put them up here on the screen for you so you can see them all next to each other. Now one thing that you are going to be Probably shocked to hear is that there is no industry standard for yarn weights. There is none. There is such a thing as the yarn craft council or the Craft Yarn Council. Sorry And they are working tirelessly to make a global standard for yarn weights. It is a American Council, but they have many, many members From all over the world and many many different companies have jumped on board with them and so the way that you know if somebody or a company is part of the Council, is whenever you look at the skein of the yarn you’ll see a little symbol that has a skein of yarn on it and a number. That is part of the yarn craft council or the Craft Yarn Council. I’m sorry. So I am going to go through all of these different types of yarns. Hope that I don’t mess it up. I hope that I don’t confuse you. Unfortunately, we have to start off with the Yarn Craft Counsel 0 which is lace weight. This is a number 10 crochet thread and that is what is considered lace weight. Now, right off the beginning, we’re going to get confusing, because I don’t want you to think that all lace weights are the same. When it comes to crochet thread it’s backwards from everything else that we are taught and from the normal. The higher the number, in crochet thread, the smaller the thread is. So if you have number 10 crochet thread and you have number 30 crochet thread. You would think that 30 would be thicker. But it’s actually not. It’s thinner and there’s five or six different weights of crochet thread. So just keep that in mind if you decide that you want to start making dream catchers or doilies or go into some vintage patterns. Just remember that the higher the number in crochet thread the finer the thread. Okay. So this is lace and some fingering weight yarns actually fall into the lace category as well. Then we have number one, which is, Superfine, which is sock or fingering weight This is fingering weight yarn,
you can see it is very thin there. Not quite as thin as crochet thread, but it is still very, very thin that’s fingering. And then there is a number two, which is sport or baby weight yarn. Now, here in the US it gets kind of kind of crazy because two and three are really close together and We don’t have a lot of DK yarn. Which is number three yarn here in the US. So, a lot of people will go for baby weight yarns because a lot of the baby yarns are that way here in the US. So number three is DK or light worsted yarn. This is the size of it. This is actually my preferred weight of yarn to use. That’s just personal preference. That’s there. And then, we have number four which is worsted or Aran Weight yarn. And Red Heart Super Saver is an example of that You can see here, if it focuses in, has the little symbol on the back and the number four. This is worsted or Aran Weight yarn. Then we have number 5, which is bulky but over in the UK, they call it chunky yarn and it is really, really chunky Now I don’t have examples of the last two the last two is super bulky or super chunky yarn that’s number six and then seven is jumbo yarns and jumbo yarns are, like, I’m sure everybody’s seen the videos or the pictures of the arm knitting with the yarn. That’s like that big around that’s a Jumbo yarn. Now they also throw roving yarns into number six and number seven but here’s where I get a little bit cranky about things. Because yarns like Red Heart unforgettable, which is a roving yarn. Anybody who has worked with Red Heart Unforgettable or Lion Brand Landscapes, something along there, those get thrown into the number three category. Which is the DK or the light worsted but they’re roving so at some points they get as thin as fingering or lace weight yarn, and in other points they get as thick as bulky yarn whenever you’re working with it. And then there’s Cascade cartwheel which I’ve reviewed on my channel. Sometimes it gets all the way down to light fingering yarn and then other times it’s up with the bulky, but it’s considered a Bulky yarn by the Yarn Craft Council. So I do think that there is room for improvement I hope that the charts, I have put up on the top have helped you Like I said, I got that information from Love Knitting and I think that it might be helpful But then on the other hand, I don’t actually agree with it. But if you’re speaking to somebody and they’re from that region and they refer to a yarn as a 3 ply yarn Perhaps this will help you get around the area in your local terminology for the weight of yarn that they are asking about So if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below. Again, I hope that this was helpful for you,
and I will see you in the next video.

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