Knitting Machine yarns

Knitting Machine yarns

Ever wondered what weight knitting machine yarns can handle, I have put together a simple table below detailing the info. Hope this helps, any comments etc always welcomed.

Yarn TypeST/1"Knitting Machine GaugeWPIYPPM/100g
COBWEB
ZEPHYR
15NA406000
ZERO "0"8-10FINE 3.6mm2027001000
LACE, SUPERFINE, BABY
2-3 PLY
UK/NZ/Aus
6- 8FINE 3.6mm
STANDARD 4.5mm
182400 - 3000600-800
FINGERING, FINE, BABY
3-4 PLY
UK/NZ/Aus
6-7FINE 3.6mm (maybe)
STANDARD 4.5mm
MID GAUGE 6.5mm
161900-2400400-800
SPORT, LIGHT
4 PLY
UK/NZ/Aus
5-6FINE 3.6mm (maybe)
STANDARD 4.5mm
MID GAUGE 6.5mm
12-181300-1800300-400
DK, MEDIUM
8 PLY
UK/NZ/Aus
5STANDARD 4.5mm
MID GAUGE 6.5mm
BULKY 9mm
12-181000-1400240-300
WORSTED, HEAVY
10 PLY OR DOUBLE UK/NZ/Aus
4-5MID GAUGE 6.5mm
BULKY 9mm
10-12900-1200100-240
ARAN
12 PLY or TRIPLE
UK/NZ/Aus
4-5MID GAUGE 6.5mm
BULKY 9mm
10-12700-1000160-120
CHUNKY
DOUBLE DOUBLE
UK/NZ/Aus
4BULKY 9mm10600-700110-130
BULKY, CRAFT, RUG
14 PLY
UK/NZ/Aus
3-4NOT FOR Knitting machines8>400-700120-100
VERY BULKY, SUPER, ROVING2-3NOT FOR Knitting machines5>400-500100>

 

 

Almost any yarn with fringes, bubbles or thick / thin does not always work well on knitting machines, mostly I have been successful machine knitting with many yarn types and a few other unusual types.  What is the SAS motto ? She who dares wins, this is what I use when selecting yarns.

I own a Empisal Knitmaster 323 knitting machine and a ribber. Bottom line, you just have to try the yarn out.  When shopping take a needle with you from the main carriage and see if the yarn pulls through it easily with space in between the yarn and the needle eye.

You can of course weave yarn of any type as it does not pass through the carriage but instead is caught into the fabric by a stitch. This can give you some very interesting effects and patterns.

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