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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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Thanks Jan!!

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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