Just when you thought that you were on top of your knitting lingo, along comes something else to learn. As a beginner knitter, you might just grab whatever yarn and needles come your way, but soon enough you will come to realise that there are differences in yarn weights and indeed in what they are called. For instance you might be using an American pattern, but be based in the UK and wonder what on earth sportweight yarn is in the first place …let alone where you find it, and why aran weight yarn won’t do instead.
The basic reason for needing to use the right weight of yarn is for sizing. If your yarn is too thick or too thin, you can’t get the right tension and your sizing will be out. Because of this, it is important to know about the differences in yarn weights, and what they are variously called.
Here are some general guidelines:
UK – 2-ply/ Lace
US – Baby / Laceweight
UK – 3-ply
US – Light Fingering
UK – 4-ply
US – Fingering
UK – (light-ish DK)
US – Sport weight
UK- Double Knitting
US – Double Knitting / Worsted
UK – (light-ish Aran weight)
US – Worsted
UK – Aran
US – Aran / Fisherman
UK – Bulky
US – Chunky
UK – Superbulky
US – Superchunky
As you can see, sometimes there isn’t a direct equivalent for the yarns, but you can generally make a near- match. Another useful thing to know is that sock weight yarn will be either 3-ply or 4-ply, depending on the manufacturer, but due to its need to wear well, it will often have nylon content or be a superwash wool, which withstands machine washing.
… jewellery for the 1970s showcase exhibition at my local arts centre.
I must admit, when they said they’d love some of my work, but ‘…could the colours be more 7os’, I immediately thought of the things that my parents had about the house when I was growing up. You know… the flowery orange and purple bedsheets; the brown and yellow patterned saucepans… (and if you’re too young to have seen such wonders, here’s an example.)
Vintage Dishes by ex.libris on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons.
You might be relieved to know that they didn’t want to go full on with the brown-orange colour scheme. I certainly was. I am still partway through making everything, but wanted to share what I have so far. I’ve made a whole bunch of knitting needle bangles, that you can see in the first image, and more of my knitted flower brooches in zingy colourways. There’s just the one concession to the brown and orange flowers of my youth in the bottom left hand corner!
Let me know what you think of the new colours: I’m really liking them and am wondering whether to go for this brighter look in my regular work.
I have come across a few really interesting links this past week or so.
The BBC Racio 4 programme, Open Country had a very good programme investigating Fair Isle knitting. It is especially worth listening to on the iplayer to hear them discuss the value and worth of knitting both in reference to Shetland’s economy and in general. Open Country
I’ve been thinking a lot this past week about how to create a look for Vintage at Goodwood which is coming up this weekend. I’m going to try and work with what I have in my wardrobe already, and as nothing is just right, I will be getting out my sewing machine to do some alterations. I came across two really good blogs whilst doing a bit of research on the matter.
The first, New Dress a Day was brought to my attention by @dr_amyjaneb on Twitter. This blog is one woman’s quest to refashion herself clothes from one charity shop dress each day for a whole year, on a budget of $365. It’s quite simply, inspiring.
The second, Wardrobe Refashion, which I found via JustcallmeRuby‘s blogroll, does exactly what it says on the tin. Take a look: you’ll get plenty of ideas and inspiration for refashioning your own clothes.
I’ve also cast on five (yep) new knitting projects this past week. I won’t bore you with all of those, but this one is my favourite so far: Busker from knitonthenet. They’re fingerless mitts for Giles to use in the winter on photography shoots. They’re designed to have more room at the fingers than ordinary fingerless gloves so will be perfect for holding a camera.
Well, I’m off to think up more ideas for vintage look dresses now. Catch you later!