YARN

There are so many different types of yarn and choosing a specific one really depends on the project.
Naturally if making accessories for winter I will recommend yarn with wool – however touch the yarn first, as some may scratch and then make a potential scarf unpleasant to wear.

Yarn also comes in different weights which also means different size hooks. Below you can see a chart showing the matching weight and hook.

USEuropeHook size
Lace
1 Ply
1,50-2,25mm
Fingering
2 Ply
2,25-3,00mm
Sock3 Ply2,25-3,50mm
Sport
4 Ply
3,50-4,50mm
DK/Light Worsted
DK
4,50-5,50mm
Worsted
Aran
5,50-6,50mm
Bulky
Chunky
6,50-9,00mm
Super BulkySuper Chunky9,00mm-

Please note that these are the most commonly used hook sizes for the yarn weights only

When purchasing a ball of yarn the label often shows the recommended hook sizes – I find that the smaller size will give me a tighter stitch, so I normally go for this.
However with some patterns gauge is very important, so you need to find yours before starting a project.

GAUGE

This basically means the number of stitches you have made to reach a number of centimetres. Patterns that require a perfect fit like a blouse or shorts will mention gauge.

You can find your own gauge by crocheting a piece of ie 4 centimetres in length and width. Then you count the number of stitches in length and number of rows in width. If you have more stitches/rows than mentioned in the pattern this is easily rectified by going up a hook size and vice cersa if you have less stitches/rows.

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