Beginner's Guide to the Standard Yarn Weight System

Standard Yarn Weight System

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Understanding Yarn Weight: A Guide to Choosing the Right Yarn for Your Crochet Project

With so many different yarns available, it's easy to get overwhelmed and confused about which one to use. That's where the standard yarn weight system comes in.

The Craft Yarn Council (CYC) created this system to standardize yarn weights and make it easier for crafters to choose the right yarn for their projects. The system categorizes yarn into seven different weights, from lace to jumbo, based on its thickness.

To determine the weight of your yarn, you can use a simple tool called a WPI (wraps per inch) gauge.

This tool measures the number of times you can wrap the yarn around a ruler or other object in one inch. The number of wraps will correspond to one of the seven yarn weight categories.

For example, if your yarn measures 18-20 wraps per inch, it falls into the lace weight category. If it measures 11-14 wraps per inch, it's considered worsted weight. Knowing the weight of your yarn can help you choose the right hook size and gauge for your project.

It's worth noting that not all yarn manufacturers follow the CYC standard, so it's always a good idea to check the label of your yarn for information on weight, gauge, and recommended hook size.

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced crafter, understanding yarn weights can help take your crochet skills to the next level.

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Standard Yarn Weight System

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