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Standard Yarn Weights

Standards and Guidelines for Crochet and Knitting

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

Yarn Weight/Category
Super Fine
Fine
Light
Medium
Bulky
SuperBulky
Type of Yarns in Category
Sock, Fingering, Baby
Sport, Baby
DK, Light Worsted
Worsted, Afghan, Aran
Chunky. Craft, Rug
Bulky, Roving
Yards Per Pound (ypp)
1750-2200
1200-1750
1000-1200
800-1000
400-800
<400
Knit Gauge in St st to 4 inches
27-32 sts
23-26 sts
21-24 sts
16-20 sts
12-15 sts
6-11 sts
Recommended Needle in Metric Size
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 mm and larger
Recommended Needle U.S. Size Range
1 to 3
3 to 5
5 to 7
7 to 9
9 to 11
11 and larger
Crochet Gauge Range in Sc to 4 inches
21-32 sts
16-20 sts
12-17 sts
11-14 sts
8-11 sts
5-9 sts
Recommended Hook in Metric Size
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 mm and larger
Recommended Hook U.S. Size Range
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 and larger
 

The information provided in the above table serves as guidelines only.

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