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farmgirljane
« on: June 12, 2008 12:29:41 AM »

Lately I have been doing alot more knitting and crocheting, cause it's winter here in Australia at the moment.  I have been using alot of patterns of the net which most come from American sites, and I am a little confused about yarn types.  Over here I have only ever known yarn to be refered to by ply.  4, 8, and 12 ply.  But patterns I have looked at on the net refer, fingerling, sportweight and worsted.  Could some one please translate into PLY for me please.

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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2008 05:11:49 AM »

Fingering is 4 ply, sport is 5 ply, DK is 8 ply, aran is 10 ply (so a thick 8 ply or a thin 12 ply), worsted is 12 ply.

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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2008 10:22:52 AM »

This chart may be helpful:
http://www.yarnstandards.com/weight.html

We (Canadians and Americans) don't use ply much to indicate weight because it's not always correlated. You can have a very thick 2-ply yarn or a very thin 4-ply yarn, so ply alone isn't very consistent.
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2008 11:20:29 AM »

Fingering is 4 ply, sport is 5 ply, DK is 8 ply, aran is 10 ply (so a thick 8 ply or a thin 12 ply), worsted is 12 ply.

Hope this helps.

Aran is thicker than worsted, so worsted is 10 ply, aran is 12 ply. Generally. The chart in the posted link is pretty good at explaining, so is this http://yarnforward.com/tension.html
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2008 04:02:32 PM »

Thanks heaps for the links - this will definatly make things alot easier for me
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