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Old 07-05-2014, 01:20 PM   #1
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Does this BUG anyone else?? Or is it just me?!?!?!?
While I'm glad that the yarn companies have finally come up with these numbers for yarn thickness............sometimes the variations within the same number drive me CRAZY!!!!

For instance, Red Heart Super Saver is labelled as #4 but Caron's Simply Soft is ALSO a #4. To me, SS is more like a #3 and I get confused when looking at yarn online!!!

Has anyone seen Red Heart Soft yarn IN PERSON?? Is it REALLY a #4 or is it more like a #3???

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Old 07-05-2014, 01:28 PM   #2
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I have used RH Soft and my recollection is that it would be a 4. I don't have any of it labelled right now but if I get to the store where they have it I'll try to remember to check for sure. I've noticed a great difference in thickness with RHSS, it's all 4 but some is a lot thinner. It bugs me too.
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:13 PM   #3
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Yarn weight and numbers are just a basic way to describe gauge which varies. Worsted weight (#4) usually varies between 18-20 stitches over 4". DK weight (#3), is usually 22-24 sts over 4". So you can see that the weight overlaps somewhat depending on how it's spun and plied. That's why people knit swatches and work from that.
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:48 AM   #4
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I guess my biggest "rant" is that in ordering online, I'm never quite sure if a "4" is really a "4" or not!!

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What really irritates me is that the same yarn, same brand, just different colors will vary so much in thickness and that messes with the gauge in a project. Then of course there is the yarn that goes from fingering to super bulky within the same skein and it's supposed to be a 4. I didn't find the yarn in question at the store yesterday, I don't remember where I bought it.
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Old 07-06-2014, 04:00 PM   #6
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just a quick 'i wonder?' with this... what about that kind of yarn that goes from thin to thick to thin etc, on purpose - does it come with a recommended gauge (probably the larger size?) or is it really swatch/needle/project dependent?
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
Yarn weight and numbers are just a basic way to describe gauge which varies. Worsted weight (#4) usually varies between 18-20 stitches over 4". DK weight (#3), is usually 22-24 sts over 4". So you can see that the weight overlaps somewhat depending on how it's spun and plied. That's why people knit swatches and work from that.
Now I'm confused - I always thought that DK was the UK equivalent of worsted, but you're citing them as of 2 different gauges.

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Old 08-27-2014, 05:48 PM   #8
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Here's a chart of yarn weights which is pretty much followed in the US. It shows the difference in the US usage of ww and dk which I've see operate in stores and online
http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/weight.html
Still, there may be differences from the UK (as there are with so many words).
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:53 AM   #9
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Now I'm confused - I always thought that DK was the UK equivalent of worsted, but you're citing them as of 2 different gauges.

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I think US worsted and UK Aran are similar in gauge. DK is a bit lighter. I just got the wool for a jumper (sweater) from an English magazine and they used King Cole Aran. I took the magazine to the store with me and the owned helped me pick out the equivalent US wool, which was worsted.

This is the pattern I'll be using.
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I think Aran and worsted are usually considered interchangeable.

No matter what you call a yarn the gauge on the pattern is what you should be trying to achieve. Because we all knit differently some people may be able to get the same gauge with a different yarn and/or needle size.
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