We at Muezart, have often been asked a question, ‘What is worsted weight yarn?’.
The question regarding worsted weight yarns and the weight of yarn is commonly asked by many knitters, crocheters, and everyone interested in yarn.
So, what is worsted weight yarn? Is it different from medium-weight yarn?
This blog is going to clarify all your doubts!
You might have already known that yarn comes in different shapes, colors, sizes, or weights.
Some yarns are thinner and are light-worsted-weight yarn. They are thinner than a strand of hair or even thicker than your shoelace.
What is Worsted Weight Yarn?
The term “Worsted“ is a type of yarn based on its weight. Worsted weight yarn refers to the size or thickness in the middle of the yarn weight family.
Worsted yarn is so knittable that it can also be term as an all-purpose yarn and is definitely the better choice. So, when in doubt about what yarn to use for knitting, always grab a worsted weight yarn to produce a beautiful knit! So, the properties of Eri silk is surely a good reason to choose Eri silk worsted yarns!
What Needles to Use for Worsted Weight Yarn?
Worsted Weight, also known as “Afghan,” “Aran,” or simply “Medium” refers to a particular weight of yarn that produces a fabric gauge of around 16–20 stitches per 4 inches of stockinette, which is best knitted using 4.5mm to 5.5mm knitting needles (US size 7–9).
How To Determine the Yarn Weights?
The Yarn Weight Family comprises of the following types: -
1. Lace Yarn weight
This yarn weight is the thinnest and lightest type of yarn. This weight yarn can be used for weaving silk fabric or knit lace shawls and scarves. To get the open lace effect, you would need to use a larger needle size.
2. Super Fine Yarn Weight
This yarn weight consists of sock yarn, baby yarn, and fingering yarn used to make knitted or crochet socks, hats, mittens, and other accessories.
3. Fine Yarn Weight
This yarn weight consists of sport and baby weight yarn. It is sometimes confused with lightweight yarn. This versatile yarn weight is excellent for knitting and crochet cardigans, sweaters, hats, socks, and many more.
4. Light Yarn Weight
Double knitting yarn (DK) and light worsted yarns fall into this category. These yarns are thicker than fine-weight yarns and a bit thinner than medium yarns with worsted yarn weight. These yarn weights can be used for knitting or crocheting projects.
5. Worsted Yarn Weight
This yarn weight is the most popular medium-worsted weight yarn. It is neither too thick nor too thin; thus is just suitable for most knitting projects.
6. Bulky Yarn Weight
This yarn weight consists of chunky yarns, craft yarn, and rug yarns.
These yarns are primarily used for warm knitting hats, dramatic scarves, winter or summer blankets, and rugs.
7. Super bulky Yarn Weight
This yarn weight consists of bulky yarn and roving yarn and is the ultimate in instant gratification knits. One can efficiently finish a beanie or hat in just a few hours. In addition, these yarns are super warm on account of their thickness and some can also be heavy worsted weight yarns.
The best thing about worsted weight yarn is its use in almost all your knitting or crocheting projects. It also allows you to customize your knitting or crochet projects to a great extent making it an absolute favorite yarn in the knitting community.
Since the thickness of the worsted weight yarn falls in the middle, it is excellent for beginners to start with, like knitting winter garments such as shawls, scarves, jumpers, blankets, hats, mittens, and the list goes on and on.
Worsted weight yarn is great to try out new techniques and patterns for knitting or crocheting as one explores their knitting talent.