About Knitting Machines...        
A place for Knitting Machine Enthusiasts 
                                                                                                        UPDATE DECEMBER, 2013


A place for Knitting Machine Enthusiasts to find out about Knitting Machines, Yarns or Anything that has to do with Machine Knitting
Yarn Comparison Chart...


This chart compares yarns to each other on a scale from the thinnest to the thickest or heaviest.  It also shows how much it should weigh per pound and how many meters you should have per 100 gram ball or skein. 

To find out which yarn is best suited for what type of garment, and to get an idea of where you tension should sit on the tension dial of your knitting machine, there is a chart you can download under this section in the "Downloadable Yarn Charts" and the section on "Yarn and Knitting Machines".

To figure out how much yarn you need to knit a sweater, look on this page: "Yarn for a Sweater" or for other items you can look at "Yarn Needed for Projects"


WPI =  Wraps per inch on a ruler

YYP = Yards per Pound

M/100g = meters per 100 grams & M/50g = meters per 50 grams

Knitting Machine Gauge = which gauge KM is best suited for the yarn
You should experiment for the best tension to use with your KM

Name/Yarn Type

Rec. stitches
per inch

Rec. Needle ___________

Knitting Machine Guage

WPI

YPP

m/100g
____

m/50g

***There is a new "ZERO" Weight Yarn
(#0)





Lace Weight, Superfine, Baby
(#1)

2-3 ply in UK/NZ/Aus

8-10 sts/in







6-8 sts/in



Fine 3.6mm




00-2 US

1.75-2.75 mm
__________

Fine 3.6mm

Standard 4.5mm

20+









18

2700 plus








2600

1,000+
____

500+





600-800
_____

300-400

Fingering Weight, Fine, Baby
(#2)

3-4 ply in UK/NZ/Aus

6-7 sts/in

       2-4 US      

2.75-3.5 mm
__________

Fine 3.6mm

Standard 4.5mm

16

1900
to
2400

400-480
_____

200-240

Sport or Light Weight 
(#3
)

4ply in UK/NZ/Aus

5-6 sts/in

4-6 US

3.5-4 mm
__________

Fine 3.6mm
(maybe)

Standard 4.5mm

Mid 6.5mm

14

1200
to
1800

300-400
_____

150-200

DK or Medium
(#3)

8 ply in UK/NZ/Aus

5.5 sts/in

5-7 US

3.75-4.5 mm
__________

Standard 4.5mm

Mid 6.5mm

13

1100 to
400

240-300
_____

120-150

Worsted or Heavy
(#4)

10 ply or double  knitting  in UK/NZ/Aus

4-5 sts/in

7-9 US

4.5-5.5 mm
__________

Standard 4.5mm
(maybe)

Mid 6.5mm

Bulky 9mm

12

900
to 1200

200-240
_____

100-120

Aran
(#4)

12-ply or triple knitting in UK/NZ/Aus

4.5 sts/in

8-9 US

5-5.5 mm
_________

Mid 6.5mm
(maybe)

Bulky 9mm

10
to
11

700
to
900

160-120
____

80-60
 

Chunky
(#4 or #5)

double double in the UK

4 sts/in

9-10 US

5.5-6 mm
_________

Mid 6.5mm
(maybe)

Bulky 9mm

10

600
to
700

110-130
_____

55-65

Bulky Yarn
Craft or Rug
(#5)

14 ply, double double in UK/NZ/Aus

3-4 sts/in

10-10.5 US

6-6.5 mm
_________

Bulky 9mm
(maybe)

9-10

600
to
800

120-100
_____

  60-50

Very Bulky, Super Bulky
Roving
(#6)

  2-3 sts/in

13-15 US

9-10 mm
_________

Not recommended for any knitting machine gauge

8 or less

400
to
500

Less than 100
______

Less than 50


   
***One thing to remember about "LACE-WEIGHT YARN" is that there are different variations now, from a feather weight lace yarn to a thicker light weight and then plain lace-weight.  Ask your dealer or store about how they categorize the lace-weight yarn as it can make a difference.  The Yarn Craft Council of America recently has actually changed their yarn weight definitions to accommodate the difference.  They now have a Zero Weight (0) and a 6 "Bulky - Roving" weight.

                    http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/weight.html

It is also good to remember that Lace Weight Yarns are usually hand knitted or crocheted on larger needles and with a knitting machine certain stitches may be knitted at a looser tension to create lacy, openwork patterns. Accordingly, a gauge range is difficult to determine. Always follow the gauge stated in your pattern.

      0 - ZERO        Fingering/Feather Weight            33 - 40 stitches/4"
      LACE
     
      1 - ONE          Sock/Fingering/Baby Weight        27 - 32 stitches/4"
      SUPER FINE

      2 - TWO         Sport/Baby Weight                     23 - 26 stitches/4"
      FINE

      3 - THREE       DK Weight                                 21 - 24 stitches/4" 
      LIGHT

            4 = MEDIUM & ARAN
                    5 = CHUNKY
                             6 = SUPER BULKY


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