Conversion Tables

Yarn Types / Cone Thicknesses / Needle Sizes / Weights / Lengths / Knitting Terms / Money

Unfortunately there is more than one version of English and more than one weights'n'measures system, at times it all gets very confusing.
As everything we deal with is in UK English, we thought it was about time we had something set down somewhere so people using other forms of English can work out what we are talking about.

For example, we have discovered that when someone speaking UK English (like us) talks about 4 ply yarn, they aren't talking about the same thing as someone speaking US English.

In the UK - 4 ply refers to the thickness of a yarn.
In the US - 4 ply is how many strands the yarn has.

In the UK - the higher the number is, the finer the knitting needle.
In the US - the lower the number, the finer the needle.

Yarn Types
 UK US Australian Approx Needle Size in mm
2 ply Light fingering / Laceweight - 1.75
3 ply Fingering - 2.75
4 ply Fingering / Sport 4 ply 3.25
Double knitting Sport / Worsted 8 ply 4 
Aran Fisherman / Medium 12 ply 5 
Chunky Bulky 14 ply 6 

Yarn Thicknesses when buying on the cone
 Thread Count UK Thickness
2/36 Very fine 1 ply
2/34 Fine 1 ply
2/32 1 ply
2/30 Full 1 ply
2/28 Full 1 ply
2/24 1 1/2 ply
2/20 Fine 2 ply
2/16 Full 2 ply
2/12 3 ply
2/10 Fine 4 ply
2/8 Full 4 ply

Needle Sizes
 UK US Metric (mm)
- 50 25.0
- 35 19.0
- 19 16.0
- 17 12.0
000 15 10.0
00 13 9.0
0 11 8.0
1 - 7.5
2 - 7.0
3 10 1/2 6.5
4 10 6.0
5 9 5.5
6 8 5.0
7 7 4.5
8 6 4.0
9 5 3.75
- 4 3.5
10 3 3.25
11 - 3.0
12 2 2.75
13 1 2.25
14 0 2.0
15 00 1.75

Weights
 Imperial Metric

 0.035 ounce (oz)

 1 grams (gms)
1 oz 28.35 gms
16 oz / 1 pound (lb) 0.45 kilograms (kg)
2.204 lb 1 kg (1,000 gms)

To convert ounces to grams multiply by 28.35
To covert grams to ounces multiply by 0.035

Lengths
 Imperial Metric
0.039 inch 1 millimetre (mm)
0.39 inch 1 centimetre (cm)
39.37 inches / 1 yard 3 inches 1 metre
1 inch 2.54 cm
12 inch / 1 foot 30.48 cm
1 yard 91.44 cm / 0.91 m

To convert inches to centimetres multiply by 2.54
To convert centimetres to inches multiply by 0.394
To convert yards to metres multiply by 0.914
To convert metres to yards multiply by 1.094

Knitting Terms
 UK US
Tension Gauge
Cast on Bind on
Cast off Bind off
Stocking stitch Stockinette stitch
Moss stitch Seed stitch

Money

Unfortunately exchange rates changes all the time.
We'll let the experts sort that out and ask you to use their Currency Converter
It covers most currencies and opens up in a pop-up box - as long as you don't use a pop-up killer, in which case it wont.

Hope that lot helps.
If you can think of anything else that needs adding, email us and let us know

 

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