Crochet Yarn Size and Crochet Needle Sizes

Are all the various crochet yarn sizes and crochet needle sizes confusing?

Crochet Yarn SizesYou’re not alone!

You begin with so many different categories, and then you’ve got various types of yarn within those categories.

The weight of the yarn is measured from 0 to 6.  This part is easy to remember as the smaller the number the thinner the yarn.  Zero (0) being the thinnest and 6 a bulky weight.

Below you will find a table that gives the general gauge for the various yarn weights, and a suggestion of crochet hook size to go with it.  These are recommendations, but definitely not set in stone.  Depending on your project, using a size larger or smaller can give you a different look and feel to a project.  Everyone also crochets with a different tension so sometimes using a larger or smaller crochet hook versus yarn size can allow you to get the correct gauge.

 


 

As you can see on this chart, the recommendations have a variable in crochet needle sizes to accommodate the different tension from one person to another.

Crochet Yarn Size and Crochet Needle Sizes

If you are using a new crochet yarn size then I recommend that you do a sample to see what works best for you.  Most patterns come with a gauge, and I know a lot of people who do not do a test gauge and then wonder why their item comes out too small or too large.  It is extremely important to do that test gauge!

Note that most various crochet yarn sizes have the weight, recommended hook size and gauge on the label.

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But wait, there’s Another Yarn Size!

In the last couple of years there has become a very popular type of crocheting, or arm knitting, and an awesome super thick yarn to go with it! 

Apparently the Craft Yarn Council (did you know it existed?) consulted with the top industry manufacturers and decided to add another category called JUMBO (#7).  They also changed the Super Bulky category slightly as well.  (#6).  

Their hope is to make it easier for knitters and crocheters to understand what projects these yarns will create and the crochet needle sizes that will normally be required.

This Jumbo size can be used for rugs, VERY heavy blankets and more.

I used this Jumbo yarn for a rug for my first baby grandson’s room.  I, however, made the mistake of making this during the summer months and had to turn the air conditioning on or I was going to fade away from the heat.

 

 


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Have you tried these lighted crochet hooks?

I’m in love with the lighted crochet hooks!  If you’re looking for a great way to be able to crochet on a trip, or if your eyes are failing a bit (like mine) and you need some extra light for black and dark colored yarns, you really should check these out.  And as a bonus, they are also more ergonomically friendly so my hand isn’t hurting so much.  Read my Lighted Crochet Review and tell me what you think!

 


 

I hope this helps decipher the confusion of crochet hook sizes and crochet yarn size for you.  If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.  I’d love to hear from you!  And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter and get your free monthly pattern and more!

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