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DK? Worsted? Sport? What are Yarn Weights?

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Ever wonder what the number symbol on your yarn ball means? Confused about what terms like DK and Aran mean? In this video, we're breaking down yarn weights!

Standard Yarn Weight System: https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards/yarn-weight-system

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LionBrandYarn . 2018-11-02
Did you learn something new from this video? Which yarn weights do you like working with?
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Ginny Jolly . 2020-01-17
I've worked with worsted weight (4) for most of my crochet activity because until about 25 years ago, that was what was available to me or later what was in the budget. This makes good Granny Square designs. Once, my aunt gave me a blanket of Granny Squares to make with about seven rounds each. I made all the Granny Squares, but I didn't know how to join them. 😕 I really wished then that I knew how (now I know a few ways to do it. I like slip-stitching all the way around, like those loop - bands looms to make potholders of my youth.)

Still, I later made a giant, queen - sized blanket for myself out of Caron Super Soft (4),and it is very soft for me to sleep with. I made it out of shells (back posts to raise the shells), and it looks beautiful! It has the added benefit of being heavy, and weighted blankets are highly - prized for snuggling and having a good night's sleep.

Recently I've heard of super - bulky (I think) used in knitting or crocheting blankets by using only one's hands. I don't do it myself, but the fabric it makes looks like a soft, pillowy "featherbed" like an old German quilt would be. I think if it were double - knit or double - stranded crochet, preserving the thickness, it would actually make a featherbed.

Meanwhile, I've discovered that a 1 or 2 could make socks, and one day I'd like to make some crazy - colored socks with some several - colored yarn.

Now, at my 2 favorite craft stores, there is a large stock of several different sizes and textures. I prize Lion Brand Homespun (5) for making warm scarves (back and forth with half double crochet and G hook for snuggle ability and easy warmth preservation. 1 foot by 6 feet seems to be my best size.)
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Heidi E . 2020-01-17
I wish the weights were listed on the description
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Crafty Gabi Jamberry/AVON Gal Lovebird . 2020-01-14
I need help.. I have a book that says it requires DK yarn, furry yarn, and chenille yarn. I can’t figure out chenille or furry substitutes. I’m confused. I found the DK yarn in England, but what would be a good substitute here in the states. BTW, I’m trying to make amigurumi characters that require these particular yarns.
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Jane Lueneburg . 2019-12-14
What does DK mean? I see it offered but no description
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The Psychic Examiners . 2019-11-28
Why are there so few patterns for mandala yarn? I would like to know how to adjust a beanie pattern that uses a 4 worsted weight to a 3 mandala weight.
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mahasin thomas . 2019-10-20
Chunky weight what number would be on label and is bulky weight the same as chunky and what number would be on Bulky weight. Thanks
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Papabear's Corner . 2019-08-30
Thanks sweety!
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Betty Banks . 2019-06-07
Love DK, and 4 weight.
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Linda Powel . 2019-06-06
I use 3 wt. for light wearables and 4 wt. for warmer wearables and afghans.
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Sarah MacDonald . 2019-03-21
Live a year in Canada then ask.
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Rohini Bhat . 2018-12-09
My go to yarn wt. is medium for most regular knitting.
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Rita Dixon . 2018-12-06
Tha no you. What is DK?
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Heather Kuhn . 2018-12-04
Small nitpick here: "worsted" is actually pronounced "WUS-ted," rather like "Worcestershire" being pronounced "WUS-te-sher." Blame the British for that one.
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Nancy Pawlowski . 2018-12-01
I wonder why "fancy" yarns like Fun Fur and similar are listed as #5 when the main thread is as skinny as #3? I know there are also "wraps per inch" measures (which I don't really understand), so there are a lot of categories for yarn sizes. The Craft Yarn Council is the "governing body" of setting standards for yarn, and that is helpful to have it in one place instead of every company setting their own yarn sizes (like in the way distant past). Worsted Weight yarns used to be also called "4-ply" yarns which no longer applies, but very old patterns call for ply(s) rather than weight names. In all the best way to tell is to match the Gauge on a project.
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Paula . 2018-11-22
Here in South Africa our yarns are more similar to Australia and the UK. I use DK almost exclusively for baby blankets and outfits (sweater, beanie and booties) for newborns.
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Susan Mathis . 2018-11-15
I love working with worsted weight yarns,but I have used baby sport yarn
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Amsewcrafty . 2018-11-13
I really love working with DK. It just works up very fast when making shawls.
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Michele L . 2018-11-13
I like worsted - number 4. I want to try working with DK / lightweight 3 for amigurumi projects.
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Gladys Rojas . 2018-11-10
I like to use 4 and 5. Thank you for the video! 😊
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Kris Bragg kb1901kb . 2018-11-10
Depends upon project on what yarn i like. I like them all
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Kathie Chalmers . 2018-11-08
I’m in Australia and we have ply so does get confusing at times
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Pamela Eddowes . 2018-11-08
I like the Mandala yarn and the colors its beautiful 😍
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c&m . 2018-11-08
6 i use a lot on my loom
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c&m . 2018-11-08
Thanks
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c&m . 2018-11-08
Why is it some 5 yarn not the same? I loom knit
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Knit, Purl, & Squirrel with GrannyDee! Thompson . 2018-11-08
I used to only like worsted and larger weights, but now I’m more of a DK girl or even fingering (which I never thought I’d like!)!
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Dani Reto . 2018-11-08
I like knit with the fingering yarn ,Sport ,Dk and bulky
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Deborah Alexander . 2018-11-08
DK what is that?
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Lori Pennington-Joyner . 2018-11-08
I like the bulky 5,6,7 yarns for instant gratification and 3 for everything else, except socks
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