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« on: February 05, 2012 09:18:32 AM »

How does a #10 bedspread weight crochet thread compare to weaving thread,ie an 8/4 rug warp?
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2012 02:48:28 PM »

I'm not sure if you're asking about thickness (to decide what size hook to use) or quantity (to decide how much you'd need for a particular project). But anyway -

I wasn't too familiar with weaving thread sizes so I just did a quick search for that term. I found this page:

It gives several differing explanations but it looks like one of the numbers refers to the number of plies while the other seems to depend on the fiber the yarn is spun from; if that's true then the thickness *and* the quantity (yards/pound) could vary with the fiber. Crochet thread sizes, on the other hand, are (as far I know) fairly standardized for thickness, with higher numbers being thinner; for example, a size 10 thread - a fairly standard size - would be thicker than a size 20. And with most crochet thread being made from cotton you'd probably get the same yards/pound too.

The other issue is that numbering systems aren't standardized around the world, which makes things even more complicated. If you're trying to determine thickness and you have both kinds of thread you could wrap them around a ruler to get the ends per inch, then compare the two; if your weaving thread, for example, is the same thickness as size 10 crochet thread you could use the recommended hook size for that crochet thread. The page below has general guidelines for hook sizes to use with different sizes of crochet thread:

If you're trying to determine quantity then I think a McMorran balance tool would work best to figure the yards/pound.

I'm sorry if this is confusing; I was having to guess what you were comparing. Maybe someone else here will have a better explanation.


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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2012 04:07:21 PM »

Hi Meg, thanks for the response.  Mostly what I was thinking about is that I have a lot of 8/4 rug warp in all different colors.   I like to do doilies in #10 and wondered if they'd work up the same in rug warp.  I never thought about putting some of the #10 in my balance to compare, I think I'll give that a try, along with the ruler wrap and see what it looks like.

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