Types of Yarn and Recommended Crochet Hooks and GaugesBy Rachel Choi – 30 Comments
There are many categories for yarn and types of yarn that fall into each category. Yarn weights are labeled from 0 to 6 with 0 being the thinnest of yarns and 6 being the most bulky. There are many different types of yarn in each category. The table below shows a general gauge for each of the yarn weights along with some recommended crochet hooks to use with that type of yarn. The information in the chart is the most commonly used gauges and crochet hook sizes for each yarn category. You can always use a crochet hook or create a gauge that is not listed on the chart.
|Yarn Weight Symbol|
|Types of Yarn In Category||Fingering, 10-count crochet thread||Sock, Fingering, Baby||Sport, Baby||DK, Light Worsted||Worsted, Afghan, Aran||Chunky, Craft, Rug||Bulky, Roving|
|Gauge in Single Crochet 4″ (10 cm)||32-42 double crochets||21-32 sts||16-20 sts||12-17 sts||11-14 sts||8-11 sts||5-9 sts|
|Recommended Hook Sizes (metric)||Steel 1.6-1.4 mm||2.25-3.5 mm||3.5-4.5 mm||4.5-5.5 mm||5.5-6.5 mm||6.5-9 mm||9 mm and up|
|Recommended Hook Sizes (U.S.)||Steel 6, 7, 8 or B-1||B-1 to E-4||E-4 to 7||7 to I-9||I-9 to K-10 1/2||K-10 1/2 to M-13||M-13 and up|
When you buy yarn a recommended crochet hook size and gauge may be listed on the packaging. If you are following a crochet pattern, it may also have the recommended crochet hook size and gauge in it.
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