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Standard Yarn Weight System

Yarn Weight Standards

Yarn Weight System:

Use this link from Craft Yarn Counsil to help identify Standard yarn weight

Categories of yarn, gauge ranges, and recommended needle and hook sizes

Yarn Weight Symbol
& Category Names
lace super fine fine light medium bulky super bulky jumbo
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
sts
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
8—
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 in
Single Crochet
to 4 inch
32–42
double
crochets**
21–32
sts
16–20
sts
12–17
sts
11–14
sts
8–11
sts
7–9
sts
6 sts and fewer
Recommended
Hook in Metric
Size Range
Steel***
1.6–1.4
mm
Regular hook
2.25 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—
15 mm
15
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
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Linen Pattern: Bohemian Tee

Linen pattern: bohemian tee

This Tee made of Linen looks just gorgeous. Perfect for hot summer days 🙂

Yarn weight used in this pattern is DK / 8 ply (11 wpi). Try it with Jolin or Marlin.

Happy Knitting with this Linen Pattern!

Linen pattern found on Ravelry

FINISHED SIZE 42 1/2 (46 1/2, 50 1/2, 54 1/2, 58 1/2)” bust circumference. Tee shown measures 42 1/2”, modeled with 9” of positive ease.

NEEDLES Size 6 (4 mm): straight and two double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holder; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 24 sts and 23 rows = 4” in Tranquility st; 20 sts and 32 rows = 4” in German Honeycomb st; 30 sts and 29 rows = 4” in Mystery Mesh st.

Two rectangles display geometric eyelet patterns—one an open mesh and the other a circular motif. A drawstring shapes the boxy top, adding to the free-spirit aesthetic, while a neutral color keeps things sleek and modern.

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Knitting with Linen

Knitting with Linen

Linen has a long and storied past. It comes from the flax plant, which has been used by humans for centuries and can be grown in a variety of environments—it’s native to the eastern Mediterranean, but can be grown in many other locations, including Vancouver, Canada, where Caitlin ffrench grew her own flax and is spinning the linen fiber herself (her article in this issue, Grow Your Own Yarn, is a must-read for fiber fiends). It’s a plant fiber, so it shares certain properties with cotton, but it can be incredibly crisp, almost like paper, or soft and fluid.

See the rest of the story about knitting with linen and linen designs in Knitting Daily

Our “Flaxerella”, 100% Linen Yarn from Belgium, 50g, natural, NM 4.8/1 has 260 yards (240 meters).

Check out Caitlin ffrench designs on Ravelry and find your inspiration to use your linen yarn.

Happy Knitting with Linen!

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New Spandex: Lycra

spandex lycra 20 den

We’ve got new product in stock: clear cobweb spandex lycra den 20 – dtex 22. I’ve never seen anything so tiny and so strong and stretchy.

New spandex is available here.

Spandex also known as lycra, elastane is known for its exceptional elasticity. It is a very needed fiber for knitters and crocheters as it gives memory to the yarn and takes care of the loose parts (like bottoms of sleeves, or ribbon on a sweater).

Lycra only works with applied heat. When you press or steam the area containing lycra, it will visibly shrink, gathering the texture together. Try it on swatches first: you won’t believe the result. If your garment looks a little stretched after a while, just apply a puff of hot steam to the lycra area and it will be like new.

You can use it stranded with wool as well as with all cellulose fibers (cotton, rayon, linen, tencel, etc…) and silk. Do not change your gauge if you are only using it on a limited area. With wool, you will need to be cautious when applying heat, as you will want to shrink the lycra without felting the wool.

Sometimes, especially with a bigger or heavier yarn, you may want to use two ends of lycra alongside it, to give it a stronger elasticity.

Thank you!

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Do Linen Shirts Irritate Your Skin?

Flax field, linen

Linen has often been said to be one of the healthiest fabrics for your skin. It’s a fabric that allows for breath-ability. It gives off the sensation of weightlessness when it is worn. Because of this, linen shirts tend to be some of the healthiest options for summer clothes. Along with being a light fabric, it is also hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial.  It can absorb water easily without making the fabric feel wet. This is due to the large amount of pectins located inside of the fabric. Pectins are what hold fibers together. A higher concentration of them results in greater ability to absorb water. Linen shirts do not irritate your skin, and instead offer many benefits.

Sources:

Masters of Linen

https://www.lybrate.com/topic/which-kind-of-clothing-lets-your-skin-breathe/261ae16edde88edf9cad0f3d59393789