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Yarn Weight ... anyway you say it

I was just reading your email at the bottom about yarns/wools. I am in Australia and best I know these are Aussie translations:

Fingering - our 4-ply - Same

Worsted - our double knitting - 8ply

Sport weight - our Aran - NO IDEA

Bulky - our chunky - 12ply

We also have 3ply here but not sure what that converts to!! Takes me too long to knit with although its lovely for baby gear!

Cheers from OZ

April

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Hello, there. I have just seen your questions on knitting-crochet.com, and the appeal for answers.  As I understand it, American yarn weights (they always say "yarn", not "wool" like we do in the UK, don't know what you say in South Africa), are roughly as follows:

Fingering - our 4-ply

Worsted - our double knitting

Sport weight - our Aran

Bulky - our chunky

I don't know what they call 2-ply; I never knit with that fine a wool!

Usually looking at the size of the needles they recommend (their size 5

is 3.75 mm, size 6 is 4 mm and size 7 is 5 mm, but I see that more and

more sites translate the sizes into metric now) will give you some idea,

and a tension square, of course, gets rid of any lingering uncertainty.

Other terms you might or might not have gathered:

stockinette stitch=stocking stitch

gauge=tension

bind off=cast off

For crochet, I do not understand American hook sizes and rely on them to

give a metric translation.  But the stitch names are as follows:

slip stitch=single, slip stitch

single crochet=double crochet

half double crochet=half treble

double=treble

triple=double treble

double triple=triple treble

Hope this helps.

Annabel S