Tips, Tricks and Tables

This page is here to help you with things such as lingo issues or confusion with yarn or knitting needle sizes!
While I can not claim to be anything even close to resembling an expert, this is information that has helped me in the past and hopefully it will help you now! Additionally, if you need help with something and can not find it here, please feel free to contact me.

 

Terminology (aka lingo issues)

ARAN

Aran is a term that is sometimes interchangable with worsted weight.  It essentially equals an Australian 10ply yarn.

DK

In Australia, this more or less equals an 8ply yarn weight.

FINGERING / SOCK

These are weights that more or less equal an Australian 4ply yarn.  These is contention about whether these weights are the same, but on this site, they refer essentially to a 4ply yarn.

LACE

Lace weight equals approximately a 2ply yarn weight in Australian terms.

OOAK

"One Of A Kind".  These are generally skeins and braids of fibre that I have colour experimented on.  They also may be colourways that I am trying to come up with a name for...  OOAK's may be replicated, but will never be exactly the same as the original.

WOOLEN

A woolen hand spun yarn is a lofty, fluffy yarn that is less shiny that one that has been worsted spun.  It is also often reported to be warmer, due to more air being trapped between the fibres, than a worsted spun yarn.

WORSTED

Worsted has two seperate meanings.  When the term worsted is used in regards to yarn weight, it essentially equals an Australian 10ply.  In spinning terms, a worsted spin means that the yarn has been spun in a smoother, less lofty fashion and is often slick and shiny.

 

YARN CONVERSION CHART

Yarn/wool sizing conversions is more or less a simply process once you wrap your head around the terminology. Some establishments use the 8 ply as the standard weight for knitting/crocheting yarn, while others state that this is either worsted or aran weight.  The table below can aid you in navigating these terms if you are unfamiliar.

Please note, however, ply can refer to size of the yarn and also how many individual strands are “plied” to make a whole, complete yarn (think spinning two or more strands of yarn together to make the yarn that you will then use to make a garment).  Generally, higher plies make a stronger yarn.

Australian Sizing Terms

US sizing Terms

2 ply

Lace weight

4ply

Fingering weight

5 - 6ply

Sport weight

8 ply

DK weight

10 ply

Aran / Worsted weight

12 ply

Chunky weight*

12ply+

Bulky weight *

 *Please be aware that chunky and bulky are often interchangeable terms and will depend on which reference you are reading from.  If you are stuck, you can usually get an idea from the size of the knitting needles or crochet hook.

 

KNITTING NEEDLE CONVERSION CHART

From my personal experience, Australia tends to use the metric system with knitting needles.  However, if you get online to hunt for patterns or goods you will find a vast amount of different size references and this can be confusing. 

The table below is a reference to aid in converting those different references to something that you may be more familiar with or be able to purchase here in Australia.  Please be aware that differ resources, brands and companies as well as patterns may use different sizing methods.  Always do a knitted test swatch if unsure!

Metric Needle Size

US Needle Size

UK Needle Size

1.5mm

000

-

2.0mm

0

14

2.25mm

1

13

2.75mm

2

12

3.0mm

-

11

3.25mm

3

10

3.5mm

4

-

3.75mm

5

9

4.0mm

6

8

4.5mm

7

7

5.0mm

8

6

5.5mm

9

5

6.0mm

10

4

6.5mm

10.5

3

7.0mm

-

2

7.5mm

-

1

8.0mm

11

0

9.0mm

13

00

10mm

15

000

 

 CROCHET HOOK CONVERSION CHART

Just as above concerning knitting needles, the table below is a reference to aid in converting crochet hook sizes.  The metric system, to the best of my knowledge, is generally the sizing system used in Australia.

Please be aware that differ resources, brands and companies as well as patterns may use different sizing methods.  And remember, always do a test swatch if unsure!

METRIC

USA

UK

2.0mm

-

14

2.25mm

1 / B

13

2.50mm

-

12

2.75mm

C

11

3.0mm

-

11

3.25mm

D

10

3.50mm

4 / E

9

3.75mm

F

-

4.0mm

6

8

4.25mm

G

-

4.5mm

7

7

5.0mm

8 / H

6

5.5mm

9 / I

5

6.0mm

10 / J

4

6.5mm

10 / ½ / K

3

7.0mm

-

2

8.0mm

-

0

9.0mm

15 / N

00

10.0mm

P

000

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