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Everything You Need to Know About Worsted Weight Yarn

Worsted weight yarn is your best friend in crocheting and knitting. As a matter of fact, if it were a wrestler, it would be the middleweight champion. You’ll definitely choose this type of yarn when the other yarns fail you. That’s because it’s a medium-weight yarn in a pack of different yarn weights. You’ll choose this yarn even if there are sport-weight yarns and chunky yarns. But how much do you know about this type of yarn?

Worsted Weight Yarn: History

The name “Worsted weight yarn” came from a village called Worstead in England. Worstead used to be a hub that manufactures both yarns and clothes during the 12th century. Although it’s no longer the center of manufacturing worsted-fiber, the yarn still uses its name until today.

Using Worsted Weight Yarns

Worsted weight yarns fall under the medium-weight category. That explains why you’d probably have seen a number 4 symbol when you shop for this type of yarn. That should match the Craft Yarn Council’s symbol for the weight system.

You can do so much using these types of yarn. There are no limitations to what you can create using it. You can find them in cozy alpaca. You can also find worsted weight synthetic yarn. Cascade Cherub yarn is one of them, which are made from acrylic and nylon.

Do you like to test new stitches? Do you like learning new knitting techniques? If your answer is yes for both, then you’ll definitely love worsted weight yarns! That’s because they make it easy for you to work while showing you the definition of the stitches. You can try to use a lighter color for the yarn, so it’ll be easy to see if you make a mistake.

The good thing about them is that you can easily substitute them for another worsted weight yarn, just like any other yarn weight. And because they’re popular, you’re sure to have a lot of substitution options that you can choose from.

Patterns for Knitting and Crocheting

  1. Empalme Cowl. Worsted weight yarns will look fantastic if you’re knitting them with different textures. You can create your own Empalme cowl using a combination of trinity stitch and stockinette stitch.
  2. “Leaves” Fingerless Gloves. You don’t need to stitch lace knitting with lace-weight yarn. You can work the lace motifs up quick as you use worsted weight yarns. Doing this can create a beautiful leaf lace pattern on your fingerless gloves.
  3. Basic Slipper Boots for Women. Socks and slippers are usually the best projects that would fit finger-weight yarns. However, that’s not always the case. You can create crocheted slipper-boots and customize them. You can also add embellishments to make each of the pairs unique.
  4. Mug Coaster Cozy. Worsted weight yarn is perfect for little gifts you want to stitch. You can crochet coaster cozies with cotton yarn to make this possible.
  5. Infinity Scarf. If you like to stitch a cold-weather accessory, you can choose worsted weight. This is a great go-to option for you. You can use 400 yards of worsted weight and add more stitches to create an infinity scarf.
  6. Brown Cabled Felted Bag. Worsted weight is one of the best options for felting. With it, you can felt a cabled bag and finish it off with professional-quality handles. Make sure that the cabled bag doesn’t lose the stitch definition while you’re felting it.
  7. Blazing Blocks Afghan. Did you know that by using worsted weight yarns, you can create a super colorful afghan knit? These types of yarns come in different colors. You can pick a color palette that will look best for knitting.  
  8. Highland Travel Shawl. Travel shawls don’t require you to knit it with lace and finger-weight yarns. Worsted weight yarns will suffice for this project. You’ll end up creating a shawl that is cozy and warm. You can add buttons in the front to make sure it stays put as you wear it on your shoulders.
  9. Addison Ear Warmer. If you love crocheting so much, then you’ll surely love this project. This is a great project for worsted weight yarns with small skeins hanging around. The crochet stitches are very simple. Moreover, you can set the ear warmer size from baby to adult. It’s easy to make one for the entire family!
  10. Amigurumi Baby Bird. Worsted weight yarns are commonly used for amigurumi. If you have a lot of scraps of worsted weight yarns left, then you can use it for this feature. Save them for amigurumi features like noses, tiny eyes, and mouths. This crochet pattern uses a very small amount of yarn, so you don’t really need to spend a lot in order to stitch this.

Why Choose Darn Good Yarn

Darn Good Yarn is the best place to shop for worsted weight silk yarn. Their yarn has all the softness of the lace weight silk yarn, but a bit thicker. They have fabulous colorways which include ombre and solid options. Their worsted weight is durable, and you can use it to craft so many beautiful projects. You can create hats, cowls, scarves, and gloves!

Many customers love Darn Good Yarn’s worsted weight silk yarns. That’s because their worsted weight is hand-dyed by extremely talented artisans from India. They take their time in handcrafting the yarn to bring a little piece of India to each of the skeins.

Product Specs:

  • Length/Weight: 75 yards/50 grams
  • Colors: watercolors, crimson fire, tropical sea, dandelion poof, orchid blossom, mermaid tale, emerald isle, southern France, cupcake, and mermaid of the sea.
  • Yarn Weight: 4 – medium
  • Yarn Material: Anamika Silk (it’s from silk waste and it’s fairly traded)
  • Hook Size: US I/9-K
  • Gauge (knit/crochet): 4-5sts per inch/3-4sts per inch
  • Needle Size: US 7-9
  • Physical Quality: soft and silky
  • How to clean: To clean this, you can wash it cold or dry clean.
  • Best for:  knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, and tatting.
  • Price: $11.99

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