What machine would you use for this Hand Knitting Pattern?

The gauge of a hand knitting pattern will indicate what machine you should use with the recommended yarn.





This stitch gauge is a very popular gauge for hand knitting with “worsted weight” yarn.

Looking at the chart below, you could knit this yarn with a mid-gauge or bulky machine.

Use this chart as guide to determine what machine you could use with a specific hand knitting pattern.

Yards per Pound Meters per 100 grams sts per 4″/10cm Machine
Lace 4000 – 10,000 972-2430 33-40 sts Standard (stranded)
Super fine 3000-4000 729-972 27-32 sts Standard (stranded)
Fine 2000-3000 486-729 23-26 sts Standard / Double Bed
Light 1000-2000 243-486 21-24 sts Mid-Gauge/Standard
Medium 800-1000 194-243 16-20 sts Mid-Gauge/Bulky
Bulky 500-800 122-194 12-15 sts Bulky
Super Bulky 100-500 24-122 6-11 sts May not be appropriate.
*ypp = yards per pound


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One thought on “What machine would you use for this Hand Knitting Pattern?

  1. Susanne

    April 17, 2018 at 6:41am

    Would be really nice if *ypp = yards per pound were also calculated into meters/100g as I think we are lots of Europeans in here 🙂

  2. Peg

    April 17, 2018 at 7:24am

    Very nice reference sheet for deciding which machine to use. I’ve been collecting data from projects for awhile, but this is all in one place. Thanks, Sue!

  3. Diane

    April 17, 2018 at 8:07am

    Great info! Thanks, Sue.
    What I would love to know is the relationship between a KM’s tension dial settings (both whole numbers and dots between the numbers) and US hand knitting needle sizes. Probably will have to do it myself someday because individual KM tensions do vary from machine to machine.

  4. Author

    Knit it Now

    April 17, 2018 at 11:51am

    Updated the chart to include meters per 100 grams. Hope this helps!

  5. Author

    Knit it Now

    April 17, 2018 at 11:53am

    I’m not aware of any relationship between the stitch dial and hand knitting needles. I’ve heard that the LK-150 was calibrated to imitate hand needles sizes. Swatching is always the best bet.

  6. Susanne

    April 17, 2018 at 12:39pm

    Thank you so much for adding the meters per 100 grams as well 🙂

  7. Getta

    April 17, 2018 at 7:03pm

    On my sr860 a yarn being HK on a 4mm knitting needle can be used at tension 4 for a fluid material. For a brick like fabric one goes down – 1/2dots. I use that system for testing the appearance of the knit and it has worked well. A 5.5 mm needle setting KM at 5./. Made a very pretty cabled dog sweater.

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