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Finding the right size yarn

Fingering weight, hand dyed yarn from Color Energy Designs
Fingering weight, hand dyed yarn from Color Energy Designs
Finding the right yarn for your next project can be tricky; especially if you've decided that you want to use a yarn that's different from the one listed in your chosen project. Much of the yarn industry is standardized in terms of labelling but every once in a while you come across an absolutely stunning yarn without all the easy markings. In that case, you can use the wraps per inch (WPI) method to determine the yarn weight. To get the yarn WPI, wrap the yarn around a pencil and count the amount of times you can wrap the yarn in an inch. Take care not to wrap tightly or stretch the yarn while wrapping. In a yarn store without a measuring tape? No worries. The distance between the end of your thumb and the knuckle is approximately an inch.










Once you've determined your WPI, use the chart below to view your yarn weight and type. Then let the crafting begin!

Yarn Type
Weight
Ply
WPI
Common Uses/Qualities
Lace
0
2
18
Doilies, fine lace, airy shawls. Beautiful drape; blocking is usually key for getting that desired effect.
Fingering
1
4
16
Socks, shawls, kerchiefs, fingerless gloves. On smaller needles, provides solid texture. On larger needles, nice fluid drape.
Sport
2
5
14
Baby clothing, lightweight sweaters, and various lightweight accessories.
DK
3
8
11
Baby clothing, lightweight sweaters, accessories, blankets/afghans, heavier socks.
Worsted
4
10
9
Mittens, sweaters, scarves and hats. Blankets/afghans.
Aran
4
10
8
Aran is similar to worsted. Blankets, winter accessories, fall & winter sweaters.
Chunky
5
12
7
Heavy sweaters, blankets, hats, cowls. Usually knits up quickly (depending on the project).
Super Bulky
6
12+
5 to 6
Yarn rugs, heavy sweaters, thick blankets. Depending on the project, a very quick knit.