Yarn weight refers to the thickness of the yarn, not the actual weight of a ball or skein of yarn.
Conversation often arises between crocheters across the global in regards to yarn weight. Some patterns specify to use 8 ply yarn, which is a common term used in Australia to classify yarn. Crocheters in America often ask what the equivalent is in regards to yarns readily available to them and vice versa.
I’ve drawn up a comparison chart below of three commonly favoured yarns used by crocheters to hook blankets/afghans, cushions etc in Australia, UK and the USA.
When you look at the specs of each brand, you’ll notice that the American Super Saver yarn is slightly thicker. Working an English crochet pattern in worsted weight yarn simply means that your project will be slightly larger. The most important thing to remember . . . ensure that you correspond your crochet hook size with the yarn. The thicker the yarn, the larger the hook required. You’ll find the manufacturers recommended crochet hook size on the label wrapped around each ball or skein of yarn.
Also remember, if you find that you are a tight crocheter then go up a hook size, if you find that you are a loose crocheter go down a hook size . . . regardless of the stated recommended hook size.
Some stitch patterns call for a more closer weave and others an open weave. I personally, depending on the look I wish to achieve, and whilst hooking with 8 ply, will work my projects with hooks ranging in size from 3.50 mm, 4.00 mm and also 5.00 mm. The aim is to achieve a nice even tension in relation to the yarn used and the pattern/stitch you are working.
Lets build on the above comparison chart. I’m very much interested in learning about other commonly, favoured yarns used in other countries. My Mandala PDF class notes have been delivered across the globe. Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, USA, Norway, Canada, Italy, India, UK, Denmark, France, Israel, Rio de Janeiro and Australia! It never ceases to amaze me, the scope of my readership . . . a huge warm welcome, hello and thank you to all!
I’m inviting readers from the above countries to share with us the most popular brands of yarn favoured to hook their crochet projects with. I’ll update the comparison chart as info comes in.
I’m wondering, if I was strolling the streets of Paris, where would I shop for yarn . . . if I had a stop over in Israel, where would I go for yarn?
Share away, leave a comment or email me privately . . . favourite yarn stores across the globe, and favourite brands of yarn!
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