What Is Fine Weight Yarn?


In this post, we will look at fine weight yarn.

When you talk about yarn weights, the weight is referring to how thick the strand of yarn is.

Fine yarn weight has a symbol of 2 and gauge of around 23-26 stitches per 14 inches on US 3-5 (3.25-3.75mm) needles.

Knowing Your Yarn Weights

You will see that the yarn is rated from 0-7 with various thicknesses.

The higher the number, the thicker the yarn and the fewer stitches per inch you will get.

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From lace to jumbo, each weight has a given number and a name.

The weight is a great place to start to know the thickness and also what that yarn can be used for.

For more information and to see a yarn weight chart please read this post – Yarn Weights | A Beginners Guide.

different yarns in shaed of brown and other neutral colours

When choosing yarn for your next project, it is important to know how to adjust knitting pattern instructions if you want to use a different type of yarn than the one that has been suggested on your pattern.

Not every yarn can be used for just any project, but knowing about yarn weights will allow you to choose what you want and know the effects it will have when you start to knit or crochet.

It’s always a good idea to work up a gauge swatch before you start a project that involves sizing.

This is because not all yarns of a certain weight are the same.

fine weight yarn

When looking for yarn, you can see on the yarn label for the classified weight.

Yarns that are mass-produced will have that information on the label using the yarn standards system from 0-7.

They will have a suggested gauge on the label also and needle/hook size. 

how to read a yarn label

Yarn Lable Image Source

Types of Yarns


Sport yarn is a little thicker than superfine yarns, like fingering, but is still a very lightweight yarn to work with. 

Mainly used to make socks, wraps, baby items and garments.

It can also be used for lightweight afghans.

sport weight yarn

Cascade 220 Superwash Sport


Some baby yarns are in this category as they are very fine to work with.

This yarn is a bit heavier than super-fine baby yarn but is still super soft and can be used for blankets etc.

bernat softee baby solids

Bernat Softee Baby Solids

What Ply Is Fine Weight Yarn?

This is 4ply or 5ply yarn.

Lion Brand Yarn beautiful you

Lion Brand – Beautiful You Yarn

Knitting Pattern Round-Up

The type of projects that you will see using fine weight yarn is socks, baby items, wraps, accessories and lightweight sweaters.

Take a look at some of the patterns that use this weight of yarn below:

1. My Favorite Cardigan Knitting Pattern from Lion Brand Yarns

Make a slouchy cardigan with fine yarn with this free downloadable pattern

slouchy knit cardigan made with fine weight yarn

2. Purl Stitch Headband Knitting Pattern from Lion Brand Yarns

A great accessory for the colder months, make a headband with this paid pattern.

headband knit with fine weight yarn

3. Short-Sleeve Fold Over Flyaway Knitting Pattern From Lion Brand Yarns

This long wrap is a pretty knit made with fine yarn.

foldover wrap knit with fine weight yarn

4. Turtleneck Pullover Knitting Pattern from Lion Brand Yarns

Make a cozy turtleneck this fall knit with fine yarn.

turtle neck pullover knit with fine weight yarn

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