I’m hoping that this will be a Friday Finished Object! Just the collar to go now, and I’m dreading doing it!!
But, I am so proud of what I’ve made so far, it’ll be worth fiddling around with 3.25mm needles on the collar to get this finished.
Stripey Slouch Hat, a set on Flickr.
I finished this a while a go but I’ve just updated the photographs on Flickr and put them in the right order! So here is my Stripey Slouch Hat from beginning to end!
Raspberry Patch Shawl, a set on Flickr.
I love taking pictures of pieces as I knit them, you see it grow more that way as it’s very easy to get lost in your work and forget quite how much you’ve done. So here is how my Raspberry Patch Shawl grew – and now it is finished and worn all the time 😀
I don’t know about you, but I find all this yarn weighting incredibly confuddling.
So I put together this short little guide to explain it all – there is also an incredibly useful page here from the Craft Yarn Council.
But i thought I would have a crack at trying to explain the mystery myself. I have compiled the following information using a range of sources and the weblinks for those sources can be found at the bottom of the post.
0 – Lace Weight
Also known as light fingering, thread or cobweb and it ranges from 1 to 3 ply.
Recommended needle size is: 1.5mm to 2.25mm (US 000 to 1)
Recommended crochet hook size is: Steel 1.6mm to 1.4mm (US Steel 6, 7, 8 Regular hook)
Laceweight yarn is often worked on larger size needles that specified about to create a open, lacy texture.
An example of lace weight yarn would be Rowan Kidsilk Haze.
1 – Super Fine
Also known as fingering, sock, baby weight or 4 ply.
Recommended needle size is: 2.25mm to 3.25mm (US 1 to 3)
Recommended crochet hook size is: 2.25mm to 3.5mm (US B-1 to E-4)
Crystal Palace Yarns Mini mochi would be an example of Super Fine yarn:
2 – Fine
Fine weight yarn is also known as sport weight, baby weight or 5 ply.
Recommended needle size is: 3.25mm to 3.75mm (US 3 to 5)
Recommended crochet hook size is: 3.5mm to 4.5mm (US E-4 to 7)
An example would be Knit Picks Shine Sport:
3 – Light
Also known as double knit (DK) or light worsted, and is an 8 ply yarn.
Recommended needle size is: 3.75mm to 4.5mm (US 5 to 7)
Recommended crochet hook size is: 4.5mm to 5.5mm (US 7 to I-9)
An example would be Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK:
4 – Medium
Medium weight yarn includes Worsted, Aran and Afghan weight yarn and is 10 ply.
Recommended needle size is: 4.5mm to 5.5mm (US 7 to 9)
Recommended crochet hook size is: 5.5mm to 6.5mm (US I-9 to K10 1/2)
Berroco Ultra Alpaca is an example or Worsted weight yarn:
And, Noro Kureyon is an axample of Aran weight:
5 – Bulky
A bulky weight yarn is a Chunky, Rug or Craft Yarn and is 12 ply.
Recommended needle size is: 5.5mm to 8mm (US 9 to 11)
Recommended crochet hook size is: 6.5mm to 9mm (US K-10 1/2 to M-13)
Cascade Yarn Eco + is an example of Bulky weight yarn:
6 – Super Bulky
Known as Bulky or Roving
Recommended needle size is: 8mm + (US 11 +)
Recommended crochet hook size is: 9mm + (US m-13 +)
Garnstudio DROPS Eskimo is an example of Super Bulky yarn:
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I need your help with something!
I’ve got to make a swap piece for the Tiny Owl Knits Valentine Swap (it’s all secret so it’s ok for me to discuss ideas here!) and I don’t know what on earth to make, so I thought I would ask you guys to help! =D
The options are:
Anitque Alice in Wonderland
Please help me!!!
I found this fun sock weight yarn in Cafe Knit, Lavenham a couple of weeks ago. I just loved the colours so I got a few balls, only problem is that I am now running out of one of the colours and need to go and buy some more!!
Crystal Palace Yarns
The website for Crystal Palace Yarns can be found here – they have a full listing of all their yarns as well as free patterns available. They offer a wide range of yarns, from bamboo silk to 100% sheep wool to merino mixes, you name it, they have it, and all in amazing colours! I am not going to lie though, the website leaves a little to be desired and isn’t exactly inspirational! It shows you what they do though.
So anyway, I’m using their Mini Mochi, and I bought it in the following colours:
I’m going to use the Feldspar Rainbow to make my brother a hat, and the Strawberry Limes is being used to make a shawl. I don’t know what to do with the flame rainbow yet.
It’s a beautifully soft yarn, but it did take a bit of getting use to when I started working with it, I don’t know what I was going, but I was finding the yarn untwisting and breaking, however 61 rows in and I’ve got the hang of it.
50gram / 195 yard ball
Contents: 80% Merino Wool & 20% Nylon
Hand or Machine wash gentle cycle in cool water with mild soap. Dry flat.