Free Patterns – huh what?

Conversions

I’ve found conversions a little frustrating at times with my foray into free knitting and crochet patterns on the internet. The search ends up with a piece of paper covered in hand written notes on which site, which pattern, yarn weight conversion, yardage conversion, needle conversion, just to get me to the point where I can determine exactly what materials are required to complete the project.

So I decided to make a list of go-to lists, where I can quickly translate everything into NZ/Aus English!

List 1 – Yarn Weight (and uses)

Common Use Yarn Weight
US UK AUS/NZ
Lace knitting Lace 1 ply 2 ply
Fingering 2 ply 3 ply
Light layettes, socks Sock 3 ply 3 ply
Light sweaters, baby things, accessories Sport/Baby 4 ply 4-5 ply
Sweaters and other garments, lightweight scarves Light worsted or  Double Knitting Double Kinitting 8 ply
Sweaters, blankets, outdoor wear (hats, scarves, mittens, and so on) Medium- or worsted-weight, afghan, Aran Aran 10 ply
Rugs, jackets, blankets Bulky or chunky Chunky 12 – 16 ply
Heavy blankets and rugs, sweaters Super bulky Super Chunky 18 + ply

List 2 – Knitting Needle Size (for yarn weight)

Yarn Weight (AUS/NZ) Knitting Needle Size
  US UK AUS/NZ
2 ply 0 – 2 14 – 11 1.25 mm – 3.00 mm
3 ply 0 – 4 14 – 10 2.00 mm – 3.50 mm
3 ply
4-5 ply
8 ply 4 – 6 9 – 8 3.50 mm – 4.50 mm
10 ply 5 – 7 9 – 7 3.75 mm – 4.50 mm
12 – 16 ply 8 – 11 6 – 0 5.00 mm – 8.00 mm
18 + ply 11 + 0 8.00 mm +

List 3 – Crochet Hook Size (for yarn weight)

Yarn Weight (AUS/NZ) Crochet Hook Size
  US UK AUS/NZ
2 ply B – C / 1 – 2 14 – 11 0.75 mm – 3.00 mm
3 ply B – E / 1 – 4 13 – 10 2.25 mm – 3.50 mm
3 ply
4-5 ply
8 ply E – G / 4 – 6  9 – 7 3.50 mm – 4.50 mm
10 ply F – G / 5 – 6 5 – 3 5.50 mm – 6.50 mm
12 – 16 ply H – L /  8 – 11 3 – 00 6.50 mm – 9.00 mm
18 + ply M + / 13+ 00 – 000 9.00 mm +

Now for the tricky part – how much yarn do i need?

Sites like Ravelry will tell you the total yards needed to complete the project.  Now we all know this means absolutely nothing when going to buy yarn (actually we call it wool) in NZ.  Here we buy balls of wool with that have a metric weight on them.  1700 yards is not an indicator for me how much I need.

What we need to do is convert that 1700 yds into a number of balls of wool at 50 grams / 100 grams / 150 grams. (or ounces or meters if your buying on the net).

List 4 – Conversion Chart – Yards to Grams

Yarn Weight (AUS/NZ) Yards (meters) per Gram
2 ply 8.8 yds (9m) / gram
3 ply 4.4 yds (4m) / gram
3 ply
4-5 ply 2.75 yds (2.5m) / gram
8 ply  2.5 yds (2.25m) / gram
10 ply 2.2 yds (2m) / gram
12 – 16 ply 1.1 yds (1m) / gram
18 + ply  0.8 yds (0.75m) / gram

The maths to convert how many grams I need is:

1700 yards (lets say DK/8ply) / 2.5 (yds) = 680 grams

Now take the 680 gms and divide it by the weight of the ball of wool you want to buy, for example the wool I want to use comes in 50 gram balls.

680 / 50 = 13.6 balls, I’d buy 15 balls (+1 for an extra bit of length).

And you know what, 14 balls of DK wool is about what it took last time I made a DK jersey!

 

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