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Conversion Chart for Yarn

American yarns vs European yarns

Weight

Sts Per 4" (10 cm)

Suggested Needles

Category 1
Superfine
Fingering
Baby
4 Ply

 

28-32

0-3 US
2-3.25mm

Category 2
Fine
Sportweight
5 Ply

 

24

3-6 US
3.25-4.25mm

Category 3
Light
DK
8 Ply

 

22

4-6 US
3.50-4.25mm

Category 4
Medium
Worsted
10 Ply

 

20

6-9 US
4.25-5.50mm

Heavy Worsted
Aran
12 Ply

 

16-18

8-10 US
5-6mm

Category 5
Bulky
Chunky
13 Ply

 

12-14

10-11 US
6-8mm

Category 6
Super Bulky
14 Ply

8-10

11-15 US
8-10mm

2-Ply

Either 32 stitches and 40 rows to 10 cm. (4 inches) on a 3 mm (US 3) needle, or 34 stitches and 42 rows to 10 cm. (4 inches) on a 3 mm (US 3) needle, depending upon the manufacturer. Check the ball band and pattern.

3-Ply

32 stitches and 40 rows to 10 cm. (4 inches) on a 3 mm (US 3) needle.

4-Ply Fingering

28 stitches and 36 rows to 10 cm. (4 inches) on a 3 mm (US 3)needle. In the US the term 4-Ply is used for Knitting Worsted. Check your pattern carefully to determine which yarn you need.

5-Ply

Used in Australia and New Zealand. 26 stitches to 10 cm (4 inches) on a 3.75 mm (US 5) needle. See also Quickerknit

8-Ply

Used in Australia and New Zealand for Double Knitting or DK.

10-Ply

Used in Australia and New Zealand for Worsted Weight Yarn.

12-Ply

Used in Australia and New Zealand. 17 to 18 stitches to 10 cm (4 inches) on a 5 to 5.5 mm (US 8 to 9) needle. See Aran .

Aran

18 stitches and 24 rows to 10 cm (4 inches) on a 5 mm (US 8) needle. Some knitters use Knitting Worsted instead, but check your tension carefully first!

Baby

Usually used to refer to 3-Ply but check the tension on the pattern first.

Bulky

14 stitches and 19 rows to 10 cm. (4 inches) on a 6 mm (US 10) needle.

Chunky

15 stitches and 20 rows to 10 cm. (4 inches) on a 6 mm (US 10) needle. In the UK what is referred to as a chunky is what North Americans call a Bulky. Again check your pattern and tension carefully.

Double Knitting (DK)

22 stitches and 30 rows to 10 cm. (4 inches) on a 4 mm (US 6) needle.

Jumper Weight

Usually a Four Ply Fingering Weight.

Knitting Worsted

20 stitches and 26 rows to 10 cm. (4 inches) on a 4 1/2 mm (US 7) needle.

Mohair

Mohair generally knits up as a Chunky but some mohairs knit slightly different, so check your pattern and tension first!

Quickerknit

26 stitches to 10 cm (4 inches) on a 3.75 mm (US 5) needle. Popular yarn in the UK, mainly for baby and toddler outfits. Not generally available in North America.

Sports weight Yarn

24 stitches and 34 rows to 10 cm. (4 inches) on a 3 3/4 mm (US 5) needle. Some yarns such as Astra knit up as Sports weight or a Double Knit. It should be possible to interchange these two weights, but check your tension first!

As seen at http://www.yarnfwd.com/tension.html#worsted#worsted

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