Knitting, Crochet and yarn Supplies at Folksy

Written by Sally Barret of Knit Sally Knit

FEATURED SUPPLIER! – Abstract Cat Crafts

As well as being a fabulous emporium of handmade crafts, Folksy is a great place to find materials for your crafts and hobbies such as knitting and crochet with a great array of suppliers to choose from. One such supplier is Abstract Cat Crafts

Abstract Cat Crafts is run by Laura. Despite being a graduate several times over, Laura decided to pursue her love of crafts and bright, variegated sock and laceweight yarns and now supplies her own hand-dyed and hand-painted versions.

She says: “I have been a crafter for as long as I can remember and have dabbled in many crafts over the years, some more successfully than others! I love blues, teals and purple, and these come through in my work. I aim to add new items at least once a week, so please check back to see what’s new.”

I just love the deep shades of forest green, teal and cerulean blue that are in the ‘Azure Seas’ beautiful lace weight yarn and the gorgeous rainbow colours in ‘Hippy Chick’ sock yarn, the colour combinations are just incredible and make you want to pick up your needles and start knitting!

Azure Seas - laceweight Bluefaced Leicester yarn
Hippy Chick: Superwash Bluefaced Leicester sock yarn

FOLKSY FINDS! Small project patterns for knitting & crochet

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Knitting and Crochet Tips – Yarn sizing and needle gauge

I have a huge stash of yarn, in 6 large containers on top of my wardrobe, filled with all sorts of yarn that I have collected over the years, many of which have no product label so I don’t have a clue whether they are 4 ply, double knit or aran etc. or what needles to knit them on.

If you are like me and have unidentified yarn, don’t panic! There is a solution, all you need is a measuring rule with inches marked on it, or failing that a tape measure and a pencil will do the job. This is how you do it:

1. Take your unidentified ball of yarn and if possible select the end of the yarn that is in the middle section of the ball, as this will be undisturbed and a more consistent shape for our purposes.
2. Now starting at the beginning of an inch, wrap your yarn around the ruler (or pencil) and keep doing this until you reach the beginning of the next inch. (If you are using a pencil, measure an inch with your tape measure).
3. It is important to keep an even tension whilst ‘wrapping’ you don’t want to be too tight or too loose and do not overlap your ‘wraps’.
4. Once you have done this count the ‘wraps per inch’ WPI, (count how many times the wraps around the rule or pencil) and refer to the chart below to determine the ply of your yarn.

Yarn Type UK Ply Wraps per inch (WPI)
Thread, Cobweb and Lace 1 – 3 ply 18+ wpi
Fingering 4 ply 14 wpi
Sport 5 ply 12 wpi
DK 8 ply 11 wpi
Worsted 10 ply 9 wpi
Aran 10 ply 8 wpi
Bulky 12 ply 7 wpi
Super Bulky 5-6 wpi

Once you have determined the ply of your yarn it would be helpful to know what size needles to use for your knitting, if you had the ball band, it would tell you a suggested needle size but if you don’t have the ball band use the guide below.

USA UK Suggested needle (mm)
Laceweight 2ply Laceweight 1.5–2.25 mm
Light Fingering 3ply 2.25– 3 mm
Fingering Sock or 4ply 2.25— 3.25 mm
Sport Light DK 3.25— 3.75 mm
DK/Light Worsted DK 3.75— 4.5 mm
Worsted No equivalent, possibly Aran 4.5— 5.5 mm
Aran Aran 4.5— 5.5 mm
Bulky Chunky 5.5– 8 mm
Super Bulky Super Chunky 8 mm and up

Happy Crafting :-)

This article was kindly written for the Folksy blog by Sally Barret of Knit Sally Knit
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  • January 29, 2011


    wonderful article! enjoyed reading it Sally :)

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  • January 29, 2011


    Great article, will definitely use that yarn sizing guide too thanks x

  • January 29, 2011

    paula smith

    Looking forward to learning how to crochet!

  • January 29, 2011


    Great tip! Thank you, Sally, and welcome. :) x

  • January 29, 2011

    Laura (gladwyn)

    very interesting read thanks for the tips

  • January 29, 2011


    I’m okay at working out double and 4ply but the guide will be useful for the american yarns. I didn’t realise UK chunky is US bulky
    Kate x

  • January 29, 2011


    good post,especially the reference to the american yarns

  • January 29, 2011


    Thanks for your kind comments :-)