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Yarn Weight Comparisons with Australian, UK and USA

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.

4 thoughts on “Yarn Weight Comparisons with Australian, UK and USA

  • June 6, 2014 at 12:45 pm


  • June 6, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Yarn weights vary like ladies clothing sizes – what it says on one isn’t the same as on another (we guys are lucky – the random sizing on labels for clothes isn’t as prevalent for us).

    Grabbed a few balls of #4/Medium/Worsted weight yarn

    Recommended hook sizes: H/I/J 5/5.5/6 mm 8/9/10 (presume these are UK size?)
    Metres per gram (they differed in weights): 1.64/1.66/1.7
    The one that was H/5/8 and 1.64 metres per gram was also described as “4 ply”

    Then I grabbed another “worsted” (Knit Picks Chroma) – 1.98 meters per gram, I-K hooks recommended.


  • June 6, 2014 at 9:55 am

    To be honest I find the charts on Wikipedia a better comparison. If you were using red heart super saver I would automatically opt for aran weight rather than double knit

  • June 6, 2014 at 9:50 am

    When a yarn recommended in a pattern is unfamiliar to me, the first place I check is on Ravelry’s yarn database, which uses a consistent yarn weight classification system for yarns regardless of source. Occasionally, a yarn won’t be in Ravelry’s yarn database (I’m looking at you, Phentex Express!), and then the next place I check is Yarndex (which doesn’t include any Phentex yarns, alas!) or just a Google search. I’ve become slightly more familiar with yarns available in the UK via email newsletters from UK online yarn vendors such as Loveknitting and Deramores, both of which have US versions of their websites and free shipping to the USA (with min. purchase). When I can’t find any information otherwise, I can post a question on Ravelry, either in the main Yarn forum, or in the forum for a yarn-brand-specific group. (Don’t always get useful info that way either, though . . . )

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