April 21, 2007

What is 4 ply Yarn?

A new person to crochet recently asked me what the 4-ply yarn I stated I used in my pattern meant and if it had anything to do with gauge.
4 ply is the weight of the yarn or thickness and is also called medium . It really means 4 strands of thinner yarn have been twisted together to produce that yarn. You find the weight of the yarn usually just above the name of the yarn something like: Worsted - Medium - 4. Worsted means several strands of thinner yarn have been twisted together to make up the yarn. Medium is the over all thickness you'll achieve in your finished piece and 4 is the number of worsted yarns
4 ply is a weight more commonly used in crochet. One of the easiest to find brands of 4 ply yarn is Red Heart. Usually Wal-mart, Joanns, Michaels, etc have a large variety of colors . I always like to list the weight or type of yarn I used to make the item from the pattern so if it is a special type of yarn you know that up front.
There are of course thinner and thicker yarns available. If you substitute a thinner yarn like a sport weight--3 ply-- you'll end up with a smaller finished piece than what the pattern states. Like wise a thicker yarn will get you a larger finished piece, but I really don't recommend switching as not all patterns can tolerate the change and you may lose some of the details that attracted you to that pattern in the first place.

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1 comment:

Tonya said...

4ply tends to refer to sockweight yarn and 3ply is thinner yet (both typically used for crocheting infant clothing (as you can see I love thinner yarns...
however a few notes:
dk=double knitting (#2)yarn which is consistant with baby weight yarn then there is #3 which is sport yarn considerably thicker than baby yarn/dk yarn
#1 is laceweight
#4 is worsted weight or aran weight
3ply is slightly thinner than #5 crochet thread

Also as to weights they vary from manufacturer to manufacturer because as of current there is no worldwide consistancy in standarding yarn weights.

Weights and standards say the following as a rule:

1=laceweight
2=dk/babyweight
3=sport/light worsted
4=worsted
5=bulky
6=chunky

I find this to be fairly accurate and hope it helps others you have lovely patterns and your tips are fabulous keep up the GREAT work