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PegasusMarsters
« on: October 25, 2007 08:11:19 AM »

Ok I've wanted to ask this for a while but felt silly.

I see lots of references to worsted, sock, sport, lace, and other yarn weights.

But what in the heck do we call this in England?!  Shocked I have no idea, haha! I've never seen yarns labeled as these weights in the craft store I buy from (I wish I had a proper LYS but no Sad )

Help me people!  Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2007 08:49:56 AM »

This page might help you translate http://yarnforward.com/tension.html
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2007 04:59:03 PM »

Also, lace is a 2-ply. sock= fingering= 4 ply.

10 ply seems to be way more popular in America than it is elsewhere so you will probably need to sub an 8 or a 12 ply, or double strand 4 or 5. I find that American patterns are knit at a tighter guage than I like, so I usually sub an 8 ply for more drape. You may have some luck finding American brands, or at least brands that use the American system at an LYS, but probably not at an all-purpose craft store.

Good luck Wink.
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2007 05:05:08 PM »

Thanks guys. It sucks that I don't have an LYS. Ugh! I wish I did. But nowhere in my or neighbouring towns is there one. I live in crapsville Sad
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2007 08:04:27 PM »

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I find that American patterns are knit at a tighter guage than I like, so I usually sub an 8 ply for more drape

I agree, though rather than use thinner yarn, I use larger needles. I use 6.5, 7 or 7.5 mm with worsted/10 ply. I dislike using needles smaller than 6mm/10s.
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