I Need Your Help: Yarn Conversion

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

42 thoughts on “I Need Your Help: Yarn Conversion

  • August 3, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I use yarnsub website as well.

  • August 2, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    This link is courtesy of Ellen Wilson; it is very informative…

  • August 2, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I go by the yarn’s # (eg. bulky to another bulky) and, more importantly, by the yardage. It involves a lot of math, but that’s what calculators are for. Also might mean some gauge-adjusting, but usually works out in the end. I have used the sites suggestions in other comments here for help as well. Sometimes, a pattern worked up in a different type of yarn yields a beautiful result.

  • August 2, 2015 at 6:22 am

    For my fingers the Bernat Super value & the Caron one Pounder are on the thicker end of the “medium” #4 scale. As if they have more plys. They are stiffer and work great for items that need structure. Afghans made with these are heavy.

    While Caron Simply Soft & Bernat Satin feel a little thinner. They are both very soft. Work okay for a small stuffed animal. But are better suited for light baby afghans, shawls, baby clothes & lacy items.

    I haven’t used Paton’s Canadiana in years because it’s not available where I’m at. But if i remember correctly it’s a thinner but stiff yarn. Not soft like two thinner ones above.

    As for the Red Heart any yarn it is the worst yarn you can buy. Most people buy it because it’s cheaper, & you get what you pay for. But the Super value skein is also a thicker yarn.

    I always use my fingers to pick the yarn I need for each project. And my 45+ years of experience.

  • August 1, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    i look for the same hook suggestion on the yarn here that you say in the videos in Australia

  • August 1, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I most of these yarns in my “arsenal” . Red heart super saver tends to ge the most afforddable yarn in general, it is worsted weight, acrylic, not necessarily the softest but durable yar. Other yarn ive seen similar in the U.S. is Michaels craft store loops and threads. Loops and threads seems to be a some what broad line of varying yarns to be at a comparable price. Also Hobby Lobby has a store brand called i love this yarn , very similar but a little bit softer feel so somewhat more like caron pounder but not sold in that large of a weight. Comparing simply soft again i can refer to Michaels store brand i think its called shiney and soft , i use it if caron simply soft isnt on sale to go with a project only downfall very limited color selection. Hobby lobbys answer to caron simply soft is by a company called yarn bee and the line is soft secret, sometimes the ombre colors are bizarre color combinations and i look at it and go why did you tpruin this poor yarn lol. I have used patons cotton before and was impressed , atleast with the one i had, at the softness and durability. The only thing i have come close to it was an Issac Mizarahi pima cotton for Michaels, seriously it felt like only what i can imagine a cloud feeling like . Hope this helps ! Love from Minnesota, keep your stick on the ice and happy “hooking” !

  • August 1, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    You can get 12 ply yarn in Spotlight and Lincraft and I noticed that Spotlight is also starting to sell some American brands. Also Big W sometimes has RedHeart stuff. There is a shop called the Anerican Yarn Store as well.

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      August 4, 2015 at 11:55 am

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  • August 1, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    This may help:-

    Yarn Weights and Required Hook Sizes
    UK US AUS Hook Size
    Lace 1 Ply 2 Ply 1.50-2.25 mm
    Fingering 2 Ply 3 Ply 2.25-3.50 mm
    Sport 4 Ply 5 Ply 3.50-4.50 mm
    DK DK 8 Ply 4.50-5.50 mm
    Worsted Aran 10 Ply 5.50-6.50 mm
    Chunky Bulky 12 Ply 6.50-9.00 mm
    Super Chunky Super Bulky 14 Ply 9.00 mm (and above)

  • August 1, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    They do a very good conversion chart in the back pages of Crochet World magazine xx

  • August 1, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I use caron simply soft here in the UK and it is the equivalent of an aran weight.
    I hope this helps

  • August 1, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    So looking up;
    Bernat Super Value = Aran/10ply/Worsted in UK/Australia/USA.
    Bernat Satin =Aran, etc. & also comes in DK/8ply/light worsted = uk/aus/us.
    Patons Canadiana = Aran, etc.
    Caron Simply Soft = Aran, etc.
    Caron One Pound = Aran, etc.
    Red Heart Super Saver = Aran, etc.
    Simply looked up on Ravelry.

  • August 1, 2015 at 12:28 pm


    This is my go to for converting uk aus and nz yarn to western equivalent.

    For uk ive found any time it asks for DK its like a light worsted or sport and caron ss seems to work. Aran yarn is like worsted and rhss seems to work.

  • August 1, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I find my pattern. Then look up the yarn used on ‘Ravelry’ to find how many metres/grams. Then I work out how many metres the project needs in total. Using those pieces of info, plus the hook size & the pattern gauge when I’m buying the yarn to select a suitable weight & buy the right amount. Ravelry also has a weight equivalency comparison. It does not account for the fact that different dyes seem to affect the same fibres differently so even when you select a yarn of the same brand & weight, sometimes you just find that the red is thinner than the blue! Then it’s all down to the swatch to check your gauge.

  • August 1, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    I use yarnsub.com when pattern calls for a yarn I haven’t heard of.

  • August 1, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Perhaps not totally on point, but might be helpful in other areas…

  • August 1, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I am looking for a substitute for Red Heart Swanky. Is anyone able to help me with this? TIA

  • August 1, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Hi Mikey and everyone else, Below I have included the best site that I have found for substitutions






    Hope this helps

  • August 1, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Yarn Conversion

    Searched on ‘yarn conversion’ and came up with a lot. The following are 5 that I found helpful.

    #1. Yarn Conversion Chart – Crochet Hooks You
    http://www.crochethooksyou.com › Charts & Info
    Dec 31, 2010 – Convert Yarn and Wool in US, UK, AUS and NZ. … Use this yarn conversion chart only as a guide and I suggest you … PrintFriendly and PDF…

    #2 yarn sub.com

    #3 Yarn Conversion Chart USA-UK-Australia-NZ. – Crochet and Knitting
    Chart to help convert yarns and wools around the world.

    Yarn Conversion Chart

    Do you have a US pattern and need to know what yarn to buy in the UK or Australia or vice versa?

    We hope this chart will be of help to you.

    USA UK Australia – NZ
    Lace 2 ply 2 ply
    Sock or Fingering 3 ply 3 ply
    Fingering 4 ply 4 ply
    Sport Some double knitting yarns 5 ply
    Light Worsted Double knitting 8 ply
    Worsted Aran 10ply
    Chunky Bulky 16 ply
    Bulky Chunky 20 ply

    #4. Knitting Yarn Substitution Guide. Choosing Yarns + Substituting Yarns
    How to choose knitting yarn and how to substitute knitting yarns. A guide to yarn types and yarn fibres.

    #5. [PDF]
    The Standard Yarn Weight System Handy Chart – Spinderella’s
    Categories of yarn, wraps per inch or WPI, gauge ranges, and recommended needle and hook sizes will give you general starting place. Remember: Many …

  • August 1, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I am in Australia and have noticed that for most of the patterns that are on The Crochet Crowd, Yarnspirations and Red Heart the yarn used is a 10ply equivalent here in Australia, that is, if you use a 10ply yarn and the stated hook size in the pattern you will get a gauge almost identical to the one stated in the pattern, I hope this helps

  • August 1, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I wonder if it would help for people to use comparisons like WPI wraps per inch and/or so many yards per ounce YPO / meters per gram MPG. This will help determine the ‘thickness’ of the fiber. Other things like sheen, stretch/give, pilling, color fastness, ease of dyeing and so on could have a 1-5 scale. It would be wonderful if we could convince the various brands to add WPI/YPO/MPG to their packaging as an industry standard.

  • August 1, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I use Red Heart Super Saver much of the time. According to the label, it is a medium, 4 ply worsted weight yarn. Crocheting, using a size I/8 (5.5mm) hook, a 4″ x 4″ (10 x 10 cm) square would be 12 sc by 15 rows.

  • August 1, 2015 at 10:23 am

    I am from México, and we do have some of those brands but they are super expensive, I buy most of my yarn by kilo. But I have no idea about equivalence. What I think you could do is to weight lets say, 10mts of yarn and use that to compare with my ten meters (and I could know if I’m choosing the correct kind of yarn. I don’t know if I made myself clear!)
    Thank you for trying to help us!! Greetings from Torreón, México.

  • August 1, 2015 at 10:20 am

    All of those would be the equivalent of 10ply (worsted weigh) in Australia. I have searched high and low for a substitution of nearly all of those yarns listed, here in Australia. The only readily available 10ply I have found is a 100% wool yarn – Cleckheaton Country Aran and Cleckheaton Country Naturals. Also ‘4 Seasons Marvel 12ply’ it is labeled as a 12ply but it is far from a 12ply. I have been able to substitute this for some projects that call for a worsted weight yarn and easily matched gauge, it’s a 100% acrylic yarn. http://www.yarnsub.com is also a good place for people to find yarn substitutes. Thanks to the internet and good shipping now, most people that really want to use a particular brand like caron simply soft, will just purchase online from overseas anyway.

    • August 1, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      KG, Bendigo Woollen Mills is a very good local (Australian) supplier and they do have some 10 and 12 ply in their range. No acrylic though ( thank goodness) , they have wool and cotton. They ship free throughout Australia, and they do ship overseas but I don’t know anything about those shippng costs. Theirs is a superior product.

  • August 1, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Mikey Lion Brand yarn have a very good conversion chart on their site that is good for yarn equivalents. I live in Portugal and have been using this chart very successfully for quite some time now. Hope it helps. Keep up the good work.
    Anne xx

  • August 1, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I was looking for Bernat Super Value equivalent in the UK as I wanted to do the Mystery amigarumi crochet along… The closest would be an Aran weight (which we normally use a 5mm hook with) , although DK is usually used with a 4mm hook. I have used aran for worsted weight before. For the amigarumi I found a brand which does an acrylic in aran called cygnet. so…

    Bernat Super Value = Aran weight (cygnet brand) – UK

    • August 1, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Shakily,I just saw your commen.have you looked at Deramores.com based in the UK.they sell bernat super value Aran weight yarn,I think at the moment it is reduced,they have 10 colour choices available.hope this helps.not tried the yarn but the website is very good and quick with delivery.

  • August 1, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Hi Mikey, I have something that might be of help. It is a word document and I would like to get it to you. Just let me know how. By the way I love the Crochet Crowd.

  • August 1, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I think the same as our chunky and 12 ply in austra l ia but wished we had it in aussie

    • August 1, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      just buy it online – doesn’t take long to get to Oz – Im in NZ but am an Aussie born and bred – I use Bernat yarns a lot and buy it online – takes only a week or so to arrive

  • August 1, 2015 at 10:01 am

    http://yarnsub.com/ might be a site worth checking into. You type in the yarn say a pattern requires and it will give you good alternatives to choose from and a % on accuracy according to if a gauge works up the same if it washes the same etc.

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