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weight Super Fine
Fingering, Sock, Baby, Lace

Fingering: yarn knits at 6.75 8 stitches per 1" on #1 to #3 needles. Includes sock yarns and baby yarns.

Lace: gauge varies greatly, depending on how tight or open a fabric you want. Needles can range from #00000 to #11. Makes a wide variety of light and airy garments.

weight Fine
Sport, Baby, Fingering

Sport: yarn knits at 5.75 6.5 stitches per 1" on #3 to #5 needles. Knits into a tight fabric with light feel.

These yarns are very thin and lightweight.  They are typically used for creating socks, lightweight sweaters and baby items.

weight Light
DK, Light Worsted, Sport Weight

DK: yarn knits at 5.25 - 6 stitches per 1" on #5 to #7 needles. A versatile weight, also called double knitting.

These yarns are about twice as thick as the fingering weight yarns. These yarns are used for making sweaters, scarves, mittens and baby items.

weight Medium
Worsted, Afghan, Aran

Worsted: yarn knits at 4.5 - 5 stitches per 1" on #6 to #9 needles. Perfect for winter sweaters without the bulk.

Heavy Worsted: yarn knits at 4 - 4.5 stitches per 1" on #8 to #10 needles. Great for coats, jackets and thick sweaters.

These yarns are 3-4 times thicker than the fingering weight yarns.  They are used for making sweaters, afghans, leg warmers, scarves and mittens.

weight Bulky
Chunky, Craft, Rug, Bulky

Bulky: yarn knits at 3 - 3.75 stitches per 1" on #9 to #11 needles. Use for quick hats, scarves and outerwear.

These yarns are very thick, about 6-8 times thicker than the fingering weight yarns.  These yarns are used for making heavy sweaters, coats and afghans.

weight Super Bulky
Bulky, Roving, Very Bulky

Super Bulky: yarn knits at 1.5 - 2.75 stitches per 1" on #11 and larger needles. Knits up quickly for large items like afghans, blankets and quick sweaters.