Monday, June 21, 2010

Yarn weight comparisons and WPI gauge

The following is a very useful little table outlining the common US names for yarn weight, the UK or Australian ply weight equivalents and also the WPI (wraps per inch) for each.

A WPI gauge tool is a very useful accessory for working out the weight of yarns. You simply wrap the yarn around the inch measure and count the number of times it comfortably wraps around. Essential for spinners and so useful for any knitter.
We stock WPI gauges as well as knitter's needle tools and other knitting accessories and Addi needles at ArtEZan.

US WeightUK/AusWPI
Lace2 ply30+
Fingering4 ply19-22
Sport5 ply15-18
DK8 ply12-14
Worsted10 ply9-11
Aran12 ply8-10
Bulky/Chunky14-16 ply7-8
Super Bulky20 ply<6

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