Posted on Thursday, December 15 2011 at 3pm
We know that our overseas readers use different needle sizes, crochet hook sizes different yarn weights to those used in the UK, so here are the conversions you need to make sense of them.
Yarn weight descriptions
Essentially two strands of yarn twisted together, this is great for knitting fitted garments, such as socks and gloves. Most often, 2ply is knitted on 2-3Wmm needles.
This is a favourite weight for baby clothes, heavier socks and lightweight jumpers and cardigans. The best needles to knit 4ply with range between 3 and 4mm.
DK or double knitting
So called because it’s double the weight of 4ply, DK is the most widely used yarn and is versatile enough for many garments. Most patterns and yarns suggest you use 3V-4Vmm needles.
Originally created for fishermen’s jumpers, aran weight wool can be used to make up accessories and many different garments when DK isn’t heavy enough, and chunky is too bulky. Best results are gained using 4-5Vmm needles.
Heavier than aran, chunky wool is traditionally associated with outdoor wear and winter jumpers. It’s knitted on 5V-7mm needles and for beginners it’s perfect, as work will grow quickly.
This weight of yarn is proving increasingly popular for the making of winter coats and jumpers. It’s also good for beginners, because it produces quick results. We’d recommend using needles that are at least 7mm thick.