Knitting Machine Yarn Tension Guide

Knitting Machine Yarn Tension Guide – A simple guide to knitting machine needle and yarn size and tensions.

We hope you find this Knitting Machine Yarn Tension Guide chart useful. Please use it as a guideline only as some machines will vary depending on make, quality of construction etc.

If you notice a mistake, typo or have additional info we could place on this chart please let us know, we welcome constructive feedback.

Thank you.

 Machine

Yarn Type

stitches per inch

Hand Knit Needle

WPI

m per 100g

Fine 3.6mm
TENSION 3-4
Zero 0
8-10 sts/in
US 0000-3
1.75-2.75 mm
20+
1000+
Fine 3.6mm
TENSION *
Standard 4.5mm
TENSION 7-8
Lace Weight, Superfine, Baby (#1)
2-3 ply in UK/NZ/Aus
6-8 sts/in
US 00-2
1.75-2.75 mm
18
600-800
Fine 3.6mm
TENSION *
Standard 4.5mm
TENSION 9-10
Fingering Weight, Fine, Baby (#2)
3-4 ply in UK/NZ/Aus
6-7 sts/in
US 2-4
2.75-3.5 mm
16
400-480
Standard 4.5mm
TENSION *
Mid 6.5mm
TENSION 5-7
Sport or Light Weight (#3)
4ply in UK/NZ/Aus
5-6 sts/in
US 4-6
3.5-4 mm
14
300-400
Standard 4.5mm
TENSION *
Mid 6.5mm
TENSION 5-7
DK or Medium(#3)
8 ply in UK/NZ/Aus
5.5 sts/in
US 5-7
3.75-4.5 mm
13
240-300
Mid 6.5mm
TENSION 8-10
Bulky 9mm
TENSION 5
Worsted or Heavy (#4)
10 ply or double  knitting  in UK/NZ/Aus
4-5 sts/in
US 7-9
4.5-5.5 mm
12
200-240
Bulky 9mm
TENSION 6-9
Aran (#4)
12-ply or triple knitting in UK/NZ/Aus
4.5 sts/in
US 8-9
5-5.5 mm
10-11
160-120
Bulky 9mm
TENSION 7-9
Chunky (#4 or #5)
double double in the UK
4 sts/in
US 9-10
5.5-6 mm
10
110-130
Bulky 9mm
TENSION 10 mm
Some work some don’t
Bulky Yarn Craft or Rug (#5)
14 ply, double double in UK/NZ/Aus
3-4 sts/in
US 10-10.5
6-6.5 mm
9-10
120-100

Tensions marked with a * indicates we do not have reliable figures based on tension and yarn type for that particular bed / needle size on knitting machine.