Categories of Crochet Yarns based on Diameter and Stitches

Crochet Yarns

Though there is some anomaly or confusion regarding yarn sizes, let it not baffle you or discourage you. There is one system under which the yarns are classified into five categories based on the approximate diameter of the yarn:

Size A ? light or fine weight yarns. This is ideally suited for light baby clothes and for thin socks.

Size B ? sport or medium-weight yarns. This is found to be good for baby clothes, suits and dresses, and for indoor sweaters.

Size C ? worsted weight or knitting yarns. This is ideal for outdoor sweaters, hats, mittens, afghans and slippers.

Size D ? bulky yarns. This is good for making heavy jackets and crafts, and for rugs.

Size E ? extra bulky. This is perfect for making rugs.

A yet another system classifies yarn based on the number of stitches per 4-inch swatch of knitting stockinette stitch. They are:

* Fine = 29-32 sts

* Light = 25-28 sts

* Medium = 21-24 sts

* Medium-Heavy = 17-20 sts

* Bulky = 13-16 sts

* Extra-Bulky = 9-12 sts

The most indispensable component of crochet is the gauge, which you should not ignore and you should pay special attention to this ? as this gauge is capable of either making or breaking your project. You should decide on your gauge depending upon your size of the project; and the gauge in turn depends on the hook size, yarn size and of course, on your mind set of that particular day.

Though you may choose your hooks and would like to work more loosely or tightly while working with patterns, it is better to go for the suggested hook sizes to have a better result. The stress point here is that you should be in a position to work at exactly the gauge as expected by the pattern and to bringforth the accurate work.

There are two parts in a Gauge and they are - stitch gauge and row gauge. As the name suggests, the Stitch gauge represents the number of stitches in a given length of a row and the Row gauge represents or indicates the height of the number of rows. Don?t you ever get tempted to skip the gauge swatch. You are required to keep on making swatches until your stitch gauge is correct and if you feel, you are free to change hooks to make the right gauge.

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