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Information on which yarns work best with which machines.  This is just a guideline of my experience with yarn; you should experiment to find your sweet spot.  As more types of yarn are introduced in the market, these will change somewhat, you should check the information against that of the Yarn Council information to make sure of the type of yarn you have.  I do know that the really thin yarns, Laceweight or Light Fingering does seem to change a little as far as thickness, but for the most part just know this is really, really thin yarn and it almost always used after at least 2 or more have been plied together.   

WARNING on the term PLY: I would recommend NOT using "PLY" as a means of deciding yarn gauge, "PLY" is used as a term of how many strands are plied together, so 2 ply or 4 ply is 2 strands wound together and 4 ply is 4 strands, which can be done with any yarn and a winder.

WARNING on the term WORSTED: Wool yarns that have long staples are called "Worsted" yarns and this type of wool yarn will withstand pilling, wear and tear much better than other wool yarns.  “Worsted” Wool actually does not have anything to do with weight, it means that the yarn has been treated in such a way that all fibers are parallel. For all accounts remember it is a higher grade yarn than other wool yarns, even though, it is commonly used by people to describe a yarn weight rather than a yarn type.  I do not rely on this term and and look to other types of terms when looking at wool yarn in order to figuring out what weight it is.  Kind off the same thing as "ply". 

I do not include Super Bulky Yarn in my definitions below as I have not been successful knitting with this weight of yarn on any knitting machine.

TIDBIT on G-CARRIAGE:  When using a Garter Carriage on Brother Machines, increase the tension up by 1  to 2 levels tighter as a rule of thumb.


For all intents, the higher the number the bigger the stitch for the tension information below, depending on your KM, you may need to invert the numbers to the lower number being the looser stitch.

WEIGHT

TENSION

MACHINE GUAGE

INFORMATION

FEATHER
FINGERING

2/32

2/16 (3/24)

Yarn Standards Symbol No. 0

1 - 4

3.6mm


EXTREMELY FINE, 2 STRANDS USUALLY USED OR WITH OTHER YARN.  VERY LIGHT FABRIC eg: LACE SHAWLS.  IF YARN VERY STRONG, CAN USE 1 STRAND FOR PUNCH LACE.  FINE KNIT BAR ALWAYS USED. 

THERE IS A NEW STANDARD FOR THIS YARN, AND IT IS 0 (ZERO).


FINGERING
LIGHT LACE
LACEWEIGHT

2/16 (3/24)

2/12 (3/18)

Yarn Standards Symbol No. 1


4-7


1-3

3.6mm


4.5mm

DRESS WEIGHT YARN, JACQUARD AND SKIRTS OR PANTS.  I USE THE FINE KNIT BAR.  THIS YARN IS USED FOR LACE SHAWLS. TAKE CARE WHEN WORKING WITH IT AS TEARING BACK IS NOT GOING TO WORK AS IT WILL BREAK.  MAKES A VERY THIN FABRIC.

GOOD FOR SOCKS ALSO.


BABY WEIGHT
SOCKWEIGHT
HEAVY LACE

2/12 (3/18)

2/8 (3/12)

Yarn Standards Symbol No. 2



7-9


2-4


3.6mm


4.5mm

DRESS WEIGHT YARN, JACQUARD AND SKIRTS OR PANTS ANYTHING LIGHTWEIGHT LIKE TOPS AND VESTS AND FOR LACE SHAWLS.  HAS WORKED GREAT FOR DOUBLE JACQUARD FOR ME ON A 4.5mm AND 6.5mm MACHINE.  I LOVE THIS YARN FOR LACE WORK.

GOOD FOR SOCKS ALSO.

(Can use 6.5mm for a lacey look)

SPORT WEIGHT LIGHT DK
DK

Yarn Standards Symbol No. 3


 

5-9

 

2-6

 

4.5mm

 

6.5mm


REALLY NICE WEIGHT FOR JUST ABOUT ANYTHING.  GREAT ON A 6.5mm AND GREAT FOR CABLES.  WHEN CABLING, EXPERIMENTING IS BEST AS I HAVE CABLED WITH EVERY YARN INCLUDING BULKY.

I ALSO USE THIS TO MAKE HAND KNIT FLOWERS AND FELTED ADORNMENTS, AND HAVE USED IT FOR LACE SHAWL TYPE STITCHES.

MY FAVORITE WEIGHT.

HEAVY DK
ARAN
MEDIUM
LIGHT WORSTED

Yarn Standards Symbol No. 4


8-10



5-8

 

0-4

4.5mm



6.5mm

 

9mm


THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE WEIGHT YARNS. WHEN KNITTED ON A MACHINE IT LOOKS LIKE HAND KNITTING (if that is what you are going for).  KNITS WELL AND HOLDS UP WELL.  YOU CAN MAKE ANYTHING FROM CLOTHES TO HATS TO BLANKETS FROM THIS.

HARDER FOR MULTI STRAND, MULTI COLORED KNITTING BUT WORKED WELL FOR ME ON A 9mm, BUT PRODUCES A HEAVY FABRIC.

IF YOU ARE WINDING TWO OR MORE DIFFERENT YARNS TO CREATE YOUR OWN, 2 TO 3 STRANDS OF LACEWEIGHT  =  DK

I ALSO REALLY LIKE THIS IN HEAVY COTTON FOR HEAVIER TOPS IN THE WINTER THAT CAN BREATH.


WORSTED MEDIUM
BULKY

2/8 (3/12)

2/4 (4/8)

Yarn Standards Symbol No. 5


8-10

 

2-8

6.5mm

 

9mm


IF YOU ARE WINDING DIFFERENT YARNS TOGETHER, USE AT LEAST 3 STRANDS OF LACE-WEIGHT  OR 2 OF DK.  VERY POPULAR YARN FOR JACKETS OR SWEATERS OF ALL KINDS.  YOU ARE GETTING INTO A HEAVIER YARN NOW SO CABLING OR COLOR WORK BECOMES A LITTLE TOUGHER BUT I HAVE PRODUCED A GREAT FABRIC FORM THIS.  NICE AND WARM.
           

I WOULD ALSO ADD ANY FURRY YARN HERE SUCH AS MOHAIR.

THIS IS A THICK YARN SO SOME YARNS IN THIS CATEGORY MAY NOT WORK ON A  6.5mm.

ONE OF MY FAVORITES AGAIN.


BULKY WEIGHT
SUPER BULKY
ROVING

2/4 (4/8)

OR THICKER

Yarn Standards Symbol No. 6


7-9

9mm


MAINLY FOR JACKETS, COATS AND WARM AFGHANS.  WHEN USING FURRY YARN, THIS IS THE CLASS I WOULD PUT THEM IN AS YOU NEED A LARGE STITCH TO ALLOW THE FUR TO SIT WELL IN THE STITCH/FABRIC.

SOME OF THIS YARN WILL BE TOO THICK TO USE ON THE KNITTING MACHINE OR NOT SMOOTH ENOUGH.




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