Your choice of yarn weight may be determined by several factors, such as what the pattern calls for, what you have in your stash, how quickly you want to knit, or what you are most comfortable using. Not all yarns knit to standard tensions but we have tried to group them into the nearest bracket. If you are a diligent knitter you will always make up a tension swatch before you start, which is a very good idea if you are substituting a different yarn in a pattern. However, many of us will just wing it with equally good results! We stock yarns and patterns for yarns from 2ply up to mega chunky.
Different countries use different terms for the weights of yarns which can be confusing. The proper way of comparing yarns is by looking at their wraps per inch (WPI) but this can be difficult to work out and isn't usually stated on the ball band. Generally the following terms are interchangable, but please check the stated tension.
|UK term||Stiches per 10cm||US Term||Aus Term||AKA|
|3ply||32||Light fingering weight||Sock|
|4ply||28||Fingering weight||Sock / Jumper weight|
|5ply/Light DK||26||Sport weight||Guernsey|
|Aran||18||Worsted||10ply or 12ply|
|Mega Chunky||Less than 14||Super Bulky|