Starting to knit as a hobby can be very rewarding, it can keep you busy and you have an extensive selection of fantastic patterns to take advantage of. The one thing you may struggle with at first is identifying what knitting yarn you need for your particular project. Knitting yarn comes in different thicknesses, usually referred to as weights and understanding these can help you identify the one best suited for your particular project moving forward.
The weights available when it comes to knitting yarn will determine the size needles you will need. If you have a pattern you are working to, then you will see that the pattern will recommend the yarn weight you need. In most instances they will recommend a particular brand, knitting yarn weight and needle size for you to work with. Depending on where you live and what you can find online or in store, you may have to choose a different brand, which is why knowing your weights can help you choose the right wool based on your particular project.
Lace knitting yarn is a very thin wool, in fact this is the thinnest you will find. This type of knitting yarn is used for doily type projects and maybe a shawl, if you re looking for a heavier and yet very fine yarn to complete your project. This type of yarn is to be used with the smallest needles, usually a size 000-1.
Fingering knitting yarn is also a very thin yarn, not as thin as lace. This is the ideal choice if you are knitting shawls, doily's or socks and are looking for that thinner yarn that you can knit tightly together to achieve the results you are looking to achieve. This particular product can be used with needles sized one to three.
Sport yarn is very fine yarn which is used for baby clothes, blankets and shawls. This is slightly thicker than the fingering and lace knitting yarns and yet still thin enough to create tighter stitches. This yarn is also softer to the touch, you will find the lace options tend to be coarse to the touch. For the sporting yarn you will want to use needles sized three up to five.
Light Worsted yarn, often referred to as DK yarn, is a slightly thicker yarn and probably one of the more common options. It is easier to use and can be used for a host of projects from baby clothes to blankets to shawls and more. For this particular option you are going to need a needle size five to seven in order to achieve the best end result.
Worsted is another of the more common knitting yarns you will work with when completing all types of knitting projects. This particular wool is most used when knitting sweaters and blankets and you will need a needle sized seven to nine.
Then there is the bulky wool options. Bulky wool is the thicker wool that is used to make bulky sweaters or even a rug for the floor. Many people also use this knitting yarn to complete a scarf for the winter months. With this particular weight you are going to need needles size nine to eleven, thicker needles to provide you with larger stitches.
Finally is the roving knitting yarn which is the thickest you can buy and is used with the largest needles on the market. You can knit thick sweaters, rugs and blankets with this yarn using needles eleven and above.