In this post, you will see answers to the question – What is jumbo yarn?
If you are new to knitting or crochet one of the essential things you need to learn is yarn weights.
Yarn weight or better the thickness of the yarn strand is the method we use to divide yarns into groups.
There are eight groups from thinnest to thickest (0-7) from lace to jumbo.
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Jumbo Weight Yarn FAQ’s
Jumbo yarn it ls the last category, therefore, the thickest yarn.
It has a symbol of 7 and a gauge of 6 stitches and fewer per 4inches using 17 or larger (US) knitting needles.
As a matter of fact, it was recently added to the yarn weight system by America’s Craft Council in 2014 to accommodate the thick yarns that kept popping in the yarn market but couldn’t be considered as super bulky yarns.
There are a lot of knitting or crochet projects you can do with jumbo yarn, especially in home decor.
Due to its thickness, it adds instant drama to your projects so you can knit up blankets, throws, big floor pillows, pillow covers, rugs, baskets and winterwear such as chunky sweaters, ponchos and hats.
In addition, jumbo yarn is perfect for arm/hand knitting as it is very thick, you can make a cowl with just your arms and a jumbo yarn ball.
Or if you are a more experienced knitter you can make bigger and more complicated patterns.
Arm knitting is a very good starting point if you want to teach a child how to knit.
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There are many different types of jumbo yarns for sale including popular yarns from Loopy Mango.
This is often made from merino wool and comes in large thick strands of soft fibres.
It has many names including giant wool yarn, chunky arm knitting yarn and wool roving.
Jumbo yarn can be substituted by knitting with two strands of super bulky yarn together.
This yarn is expensive because of the merino wool used to create the yarn.
The jumbo yarn can come in 200g balls but to make a blanket you will need a fair bit, for example, 4kg of wool, which can be priced at $150+.
For a full-size blanket, you will need quite a bit of yarn, probably around 13-18 balls or skeins of yarn.