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Fingering, Sport, DK, Worsted, Bulky: What Does Yarn Weight Mean?

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Fingering, Sport, DK, Worsted, Bulky: What Does Yarn Weight Mean?

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Yarns come in many different thicknesses, and these yarn weights go by many different names! Worsted, afghan, and aran weight yarns all fall under the same category, while fingering weight and sock weight yarns are one and the same.

To help you keep track of what’s what, we’ve compiled a chart using the weight standards developed by the Craft Yarn Council, along with examples of Lion Brand yarns in each category.

Category Symbols


Category Name Commonly Used Names Example of Lion Brand Yarn
CYC #0 Cobweb, Lace, Crochet Thread LB Collection® Wool Stainless Steel *
CYC #1 Sock, Fingering, Baby Amazing Lace
CYC #2 Sport, Baby Vanna’s Glamour®
CYC #3 DK, Light Worsted LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo
CYC #4 Worsted, Afghan, Aran Wool-Ease®
CYC #5 Chunky, Craft, Rug Color Made Easy®
CYC #6 Super Bulky, Roving Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
CYC #7 Jumbo, Roving Wow!®

* Note: Although LB Collection® Wool Stainless Steel is listed on our website as a Category 1 Super Fine yarn, it may be used as a Category 0 Lace yarn as well.



Find Your Perfect Weight Yarn

Want to learn more about which of our yarns fall under which category? Click here to check out our list of yarns by weight category on LionBrand.com. Simply click on the + sign next to Yarn Weight, and select the category (or categories!) of your choice.


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  • I have a pattern that requires cup cake yarn, my area does not carry cup cake yarn( but all the other cake yarn). What other yarn can be substituted?

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