Standard Yarn Weights Gauge Ranges And Recommended Needle Sizes

Yarn comes in many thicknesses and is generally labeled— from thinnest to thickest—as fingering, sport, double knitting, worsted weight, bulky, and super bulky. You may come across variations within these categories, as well, such as lace weight, light worsted, Aran weight, heavy worsted, and chunky. These descriptions vary greatly from one manufacturer to the next and from one designer to the next. The table below, based on information from the Craft Yarn Council of America's website, www.yarnstandards.com, gives you a more precise idea of the gauge ranges within which these yarn weights fall, as well as the range of needle and crochet hook sizes recommended for each weight.

Fingering

Sport

Double knitting

Worsted weight

Bulky

Super bulky

I Standard Yarn Weight System 1

Yarn Weight Category Name

Type of Yarns in Category

Knit Gauge Range* in Stockinette Stitch to 4 Inches

Recommended Needle, in Metric Size Range

Recommended Needle, in U.S. Size Range

Super fine

Sock, fingering, baby

27-32 sts

2.25-3.25 mm

1-3

Fine

Sport, baby

23-26 sts

3.25-3.75 mm

3-5

Light

DK, light worsted

21-24 sts

3.75-4.5 mm

5-7

Medium

Worsted, afghan, Aran

16-20 sts

4.5-5.5 mm

7-9

Bulky

Chunky, craft, rug

12-15 sts

5.5-8 mm

9-11

Super bulky

Bulky, roving

6-11 sts

8 mm and larger

11 and larger

  • The gauges listed are guidelines only; this table reflects the most commonly used gauges and needle sizes for specific yarn categories.
  • The gauges listed are guidelines only; this table reflects the most commonly used gauges and needle sizes for specific yarn categories.

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