What Is Bulky Weight Yarn?


In this post, you will see answers to the question – What is bulky weight yarn?

Yarn weights are our guide to choosing the right yarn for our knitting or crochet projects.

Depending on what we want to make there are different yarns that would be perfect.

Related Post – Yarn Weight Guide.

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Bulky Weight Yarn FAQ’s

What number is bulky weight yarn?

There are eight yarn weight categories for you to choose from lace to jumbo (0-7) thinnest to thickest.

Bulky is on the thicker side of yarns, thicker than worsted yarn about double its size and thinner than super bulky yarn.

It has a yarn weight symbol of 5.

Yarn weights and categories

What is considered bulky yarn?

Bulky yarn can be referred to with other names such as chunky yarn, craft or rug yarn.

It has a yarn weight symbol of 5 and a gauge of 12-16 stitches per 4 inches (10cm) using 5.5mm to 8mm (US) 9-11 knitting needles. 

bulky weight yarn in a basket

What can you make with bulky weight yarn?

Choosing to make something with bulky yarn has a lot of advantages as its thick so it knits up quickly, covers a lot of yardage and knits up easier than thinner yarns.  

Moreover, there are a lot of bulky yarns in the market for you to choose from but thickness might vary from yarn to yarn.

If your planning to make something with bulky yarn and you want to stray a little from the pattern and choose a different yarn from the recommended one it’s always good to make a stitch swatch so you can see if there are adjustments that need to be made. 

ribbed beanie knit with bulky weight yarn

What ply is bulky weight yarn?

Bulky weight yarn is 12 ply.
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Patterns That Use Bulky Weight Yarn

There are endless options on what you can knit with chunky yarn, its thickness makes it perfect like for winter projects like a nice blanket to cosy up with, a nice warm cowl, cool stylish oversized sweaters, fancy shawls to complete your outfits, mittens and scarves to keep you warm.

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So if you want to knit up something quickly, easily and end up with something impressive then bulky yarn is for you.

Bulky Weight Yarn Patterns

Take a look at the free patterns below and you might find your next project.

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