Yarn Weight 101

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When choosing knitting needles or crochet hooks, be mindful of the weight of yarn you are using. Finer yarns, such as super-fine yarn, require small-diameter needles and hooks. The fatter the yarn, the larger diameter of the needles or hook you’ll need. It’s always a good idea to check the yarn label for recommended needle and hook sizes. The biggest diameter yarns, such as super bulky, should be paired with the largest needles and hooks.


Standard Yarn Weight System

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*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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