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Post: #210417 Rosendula
Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:00 am

I'm learning to crochet from some American books. Now I understand that there are different names for the stitches to what I would find in English patterns, and I can get my head around that (I think), but its the yarn jargon that's confuddling me. I don't know if some of the jargon is American, or if it's international, and some probably isn't jargon but it sounds like it to thicko me :oops:
So, what is...

worsted-weight yarn?

Fingering weight yarn?

the difference between a skein, a hank and a ball (I thought it was all balls :lol: . No, really, I did think all yarn came in balls)?

When I've been looking at yarn online in order to get a rough idea of the cost of a project, it talks about ply and double knit, but it doesn't mention that in my crochet books. So can someone interpret please, and if there's anything else you think of that might trip me up, please do tell. I'm a complete noob to pattern-reading.
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Re: yarn jargon interpreter required

Post: #210420 Green Aura
Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:12 am

I think worsted weight is our double-knit - I've never looked it up but logically worsted cloth (that they make some suits out of) is a bit thicker than ordinary wool suiting materials. I know it's not as thick as chunky because they have that in the US.

Again only my thoughts, fingering weight is probably four-ply. I tend not to worry too much about these - if you look at the finished item on the pattern you can usually get some idea of how thick the yarn needs to be. If size is important you can always do a test piece, with different yarns and hook sizes til you get what you want. Of course this is much easier to do if, like me, you have an addiction for yarns and so have a blanket chest and several shopping bags bursting with yarn waiting for just the right pattern :lol: :lol: :lol:

Hanks and skeins are the same - you can buy them from many wool shops - they look like twisted up rope (of lovely colours and textures). You need to roll these into a ball yourself before you start knitting or crocheting.
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Re: yarn jargon interpreter required

Post: #210425 Susie
Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:35 am

Worsted is aran weight (one is supposed to be slightly thicker than the other but I can never remember which, I don't think it's too important) - it uses about a 5mm needle/ hook (a tiny bit thicker than DK). Fingering is 4-ply but I think it can sometimes be thinner DK as well.

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Post: #210435 snapdragon
Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:30 am

fingering 4ply-3ply
worsted dk-4ply
sportweight aran -dk
**edit I think these are t'other way about
laceweight 2ply - 3ply
chunky - errm chunky I guess
somewhere I have a WPI calculator

When I was using a mixture of european and american patterns and yarns I guessed the british equivalent from the hook size on the yarn band

Crochet a swatch and work it out from there?

Historically (afair) a skein was ish 4ounces(100gm)(but I think it was 'yardage' rather than weight) and a hank seven skeins

a ball will be the manufacturers specific, could be anything from 10gm through 25gm, 50gm, 100gm, and the huge 500gm cheapies
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Re: yarn jargon interpreter required

Post: #210440 snapdragon
Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:57 am

wrap per inch calc with needle sizes
http://www.woolfestival.com/articles/wpi.htm
with british yarn sizes
http://handknitter.co.uk/yarn_guage_wraps_per_inch.html

and i got sport and worsted mixed up ^ sorry
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Re: yarn jargon interpreter required

Post: #210461 Rosendula
Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:23 pm

Yay! Fantastic. I guess I'm off shopping then :cheers:
Thank yous :cooldude:
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Re: yarn jargon interpreter required

Post: #210477 StripyPixieSocks
Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:57 pm

There's also a chart at the bottom of the linked page which tells you how to use other thicknesses / guages / hooks for items by using a formula to get the right amount of stitches / right size.

http://www.earthguild.com/products/knit ... /gauge.htm

It's a bit complicated but I worked it out so anyone can :) x


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