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  • Standard Yarn Weight Guide

    Here is a handy guide to yarn weights including gauge ranges, and recommended needle and hook sizes. This is taken from the Craft Yarn Council.

    Standard Yarn Weight System

    Yarn Weight Symbol & Category Names
    lacesuper finefinelightmediumbulkysuper bulkyjumbo
    Type of Yarns in Category
    Fingering 10-count crochet thread Sock, Fingering, Baby Sport, Baby DK, Light Worsted Worsted, Afghan, Aran Chunky, Craft, Rug Super Bulky, Roving Jumbo, Roving
    Knit Gauge Range* in Stockinette Stitch to 4 inches
    33–40** sts 27–32 sts 23–26 sts 21–24 st 16–20 sts 12–15 sts 7–11 sts 6 sts and fewer
    Recommended Needle in Metric Size Range
    1.5–2.25 mm 2.25— 3.25 mm 3.25— 3.75 mm 3.75— 4.5 mm 4.5— 5.5 mm 5.5— 8 mm 12.75 mm 12.75 mm and larger
    Recommended Needle U.S.Size Range
    000–1 1 to 3 3 to 5 5 to 7 7 to 9 9 to 11 11 to 17 17 and larger
    Crochet Gauge*Ranges inSingle Crochetto 4 inch
    32–42 double crochets** 21–32 sts 16–20 sts 12–17 sts 11–14 sts 8–11 sts 6–9 sts 5 sts and fewer
    RecommendedHook in MetricSize Range
    Steel*** 1.6–1.4 mm 2.25—3.5 mm 3.5—4.5 mm 4.5—5.5 mm 5.5—6.5 mm 6.5—9 mm 9—16 mm 16 mm and larger
    Recommended Hook U.S. Size Range
    Steel*** 6, 7, 8 Regular hook B–1 B–1 to E–4 E–4 to 7 7 to I–9 I–9 to K–10 1⁄2 K–10 1⁄2 to M–13 M–13 to Q Q and larger

    * GUIDELINES ONLY: The above reflect the most commonly used gauges and needle or hook sizes for specific yarn categories.

    ** Lace weight yarns are usually knitted or crocheted on larger needles and hooks to create lacy, openwork patterns. Accordingly, a gauge range is difficult to determine. Always follow the gauge stated in your pattern.

    *** Steel crochet hooks are sized differently from regular hooks—the higher the number, the smaller the hook, which is the reverse of regular hook sizing