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Be a Good Sport

Chantal Ratnam

Posted on March 07 2018

If you have ever asked yourself, "what's the difference between a sport weight yarn and DK weight yarn" I am here to answer that question. Per the Craft Yarn Council Standard Yarn Weight System, sport is considered a "fine" yarn and falls right between a fingering weight yarn and a double knit yarn but if you look at the knit gauge range in the chart below (that I copied for quick reference) you'll notice that the gauge of sport and that of DK overlap pretty nicely.  I'm sure you've heard me say a time or two that Ash and I have sort of gotten into the habit of using these yarns interchangeably.  Since we typically gauge swatch (most) of our projects, we haven't ever run into trouble with it.

Categories of yarn, gauge ranges, and recommended needle and hook sizes

Yarn Weight Symbol 
& Category Names
lace super fine fine light medium bulky super bulky jumbo
Type of
Yarns in
Category
Fingering
10-count 
crochet 
thread
Sock, Fingering, Baby Sport,
Baby
DK,
Light
Worsted
Worsted,
Afghan,
Aran
Chunky,
Craft,
Rug
Super Bulky,
Roving
Jumbo,
Roving
Knit Gauge
Range* in
Stockinette
Stitch to 4 inches
33–40**
sts
27–32
sts
23–26
sts
21–24
sts
16–20
sts
12–15
sts
7–11
sts
6 sts and fewer
Recommended
Needle in
Metric Size
Range
1.5–2.25
mm
2.25—
3.25
mm
3.25—
3.75
mm
3.75—
4.5
mm
4.5—
5.5
mm
5.5—
8
mm
8—
12.75 mm
12.75 mm and larger
Recommended
Needle U.S.
Size Range
000–1 1 to 3 3 to 5 5 to 7 7 to 9 9 to 11 11
to 17
17
and
larger
Crochet Gauge*
Ranges in
Single Crochet
to 4 inch
32–42
double
crochets**
21–32
sts
16–20
sts
12–17
sts
11–14
sts
8–11
sts
7–9
sts
6 sts and fewer
Recommended
Hook in Metric
Size Range
Steel***
1.6–1.4
mm
Regular hook
2.25 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—
15 mm
15
mm and
larger
Recommended
Hook U.S.
Size Range
Steel***
6, 7, 8
Regular
hook 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
to Q
Q
and
larger

* GUIDELINES ONLY: The above reflect the most commonly used gauges and needle or hook sizes for specific yarn categories.

** Lace weight yarns are usually knitted or crocheted on larger needles and hooks to create lacy, openwork patterns. Accordingly, a gauge range is difficult to determine. Always follow the gauge stated in your pattern.

*** Steel crochet hooks are sized differently from regular hooks—the higher the number, the smaller the hook, which is the reverse of regular hook sizing

 

This is why I think that the sport weight is just a little more versatile. It can take on the tasks of double knit projects with the lightness of a fingering weight yarn.  If you want to see what I mean check out my Hermione’s Fingerless Gloves knit in our MCN sport

or my Simply Socks DK. 

Ash and I had a meeting on Saturday (when I say "meeting" I mean we hung out on Facetime for a couple of hours and threw in a couple of work topics just so we could call it a meeting) and we talked briefly about refreshing our sample collection. On her last trip down she bestowed on me three skeins of sport weight because she knows how much I love it. I've been combing through Ravelry for ways of putting them to use and there are a bunch great patterns that call for sport weight yarn. I've created a top five fave list to share with you because getting you to love a good sport weight yarn is my new 2018 goal.

  1. Striped Cuff Hat by Purl Soho
  2. Drachenfels by Melanie Berg
  3. Sleeping Cedars by Melissa Schaschwary
  4. Anders by Sorren Kerr
  5. Visser by Anna Maltz

Drachenfels is a strong contender for the three skeins that I'm holding onto.  Melanie is definitely a favourite designer of ours and I haven`t had a chance to knit any of her patterns.  I have a whole bunch of her patterns hoarded into my favourites and in my library waiting for me to pick up speed.  This might just be my opportunity.  When I cast on you guys will be the first to know and obviously there will be tons of pictures on Instagram so make sure you follow us there!

That`s it for me for this week! Until next, PEACE to you and your fam and happy knitting!

 

 

 

1 comment

  • Cathy McCracken: March 15, 2018

    I have the rain outside by Sylvia McFadden queued for 3 skeins of DK bamboo that I got at knitter’s frolic last year. Two dark skeins to fade as my main colour and a pale one for the lace bits.

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