I was just reading your email at the bottom about yarns/wools. I am in
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
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
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 triple=triple treble
Hope this helps.