chloe. yarn. May 28th , 2018.
Synthetic fibers come in three basic forms: staple tow and filament. Staple is cut fibers generally sold in lengths up to 20mm. Tow is a continuous "rope" of fibers consisting of many filaments loosely joined side-to-side. Filament is a continuous strand consisting of anything from filament to many. Synthetic fiber is most often measured in a weight per linear measurement basis along with cut length. Denier and Dtex are the most common weight to length measures. Cut-length only applies to staple fiber.
Labels on yarn for handicrafts often include information on gauge known in the UK as tension which is a measurement of how many stitches and rows are produced per inch or per cm on a specified size of knitting needle or crochet hook. The proposed standardization uses a four-by-four inch/ten-by-ten cm knitted or crocheted square with the resultant number of stitches across and rows high made by the suggested tools on the label to determine the gauge.
There are several thicknesses of craft yarn also referred to as weight. This is not to be confused with the measurement and/or weight listed above. The Craft Yarn Council of America is making an effort to promote a standardized industry system for measuring this numbering the weights from (finest) to 6 (heaviest). Some of the names for the various weights of yarn from finest to thickest are called lace fingering sport double-knit (or DK) worsted aran (or heavy worsted) bulky and super-bulky. This naming convention is more descriptive than precise; fibre artists disagree about where on the continuum each lies and the precise relationships between the sizes.
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