​UPDATED 11/2016

A Place for Knitting Machine Enthusiasts

Yarn Comparison Chart & Machines 

YARN TYPEST/1"KM GUAGEWPIYPP

M/100G

COBWEB

ZEPHYR

15+NA40+6000+
ZERO "0"  8-10 FINE 3.6mm20+2700+1000+

LACE, SUPERFINE, BABY

2-3 PLY in UK/NZ/Aus

6-8

FINE 3.6mm

 STANDARD 4.5mm

18

  2400 - 3000  600-800

FINGERING, FINE, BABY

3-4 PLY in UK/NZ/Aus

 6-7 

FINE 3.6mm (maybe)

STANDARD 4.5mm

MID GAUGE 6.5mm

161900-2400 400-800  

SPORT, LIGHT

4 PLY in UK/NZ/Aus

5-6

  FINE 3.6mm (maybe)  

​STANDARD 4.5mm

MID GAUGE 6.5mm

 12-18 1300-1800300-400

DK, MEDIUM

8 PLY in UK/NZ/Aus

5.5

STANDARD 4.5mm

MID GAUGE 6.5mm

BULKY 9mm

12-181000-1400240-300

WORSTED, HEAVY

  10 PLY OR DOUBLE in UK/NZ/Aus  

4-5

MID GAUGE 6.5mm

BULKY 9mm

10-12900-1200100-240

ARAN

12 PLY or TRIPLE in UK/NZ/Aus

4.5

MID GAUGE 6.5mm

BULKY 9mm

10-12700-1000160-120

CHUNKY

DOUBLE DOUBLE in UK/NZ/Aus

4BULKY 9mm10600-700110-130

BULKY, CRAFT, RUG

14 PLY in UK/NZ/Aus

3-4NOT FOR KM8>400-700120-100
VERY BULKY, SUPER, ROVING2-3NOT FOR KM5>400-500100>


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 and 50 gram ball or skein.

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

To figure out how much yarn you need to knit a sweater, socks, mittens, blankets and other items, look on  "Yarn Needed for a Project". 

TIDBIT:  I have purposely stated a wide gap between yarns in BLUE as depending who you talk to at times depends what they call "Fingering" or "Sport" weight or "DK".  Also, there are levels of thinness and thickness that work within the categories.  Most any yarn with fringe or bubbles or thick/thin does not do well on knitting machines, but I have been successful machine knitting with ladder yarn and a few other unusual types such as cotton gauze ribbon.  I own a Silver Reed SK160 and SK860/SR860 6.5mm knitting machine. Bottom line, you just have to try it out.  When shopping take a needle with you from the main carriage and see if the yarn pulls through it easily with space in between the yarn and the needle eye.  BUT - You CAN weave yarn of any type since it does not pass through the carriage but instead is caught into the fabric by a stitch, for some very interesting effects.