Coned Yarn Recommendations for Newbie MKers

You don’t need to use yarn on cones for machine knitting ….. but it is easier! Less ends to work in and often coned yarn is waxed (or treated) to pass more easily through the knitting machine.

We recommend beginning knitters start with yarn on cones. It saves you time in re-winding or dealing with difficult yarns in balls.

What Gauge is your machine?

The size of the needles and the distance between them determines what yarn you can use.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”youtube” wrap=”i”] Learn more about needle pitch and machine gauges.

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Compare by Yards per Pound (YPP)

  • Tamm Sport is a good choice for the Standard Gauge Machines
    It is approx 1,722 yards per pound
  • Tamm 3 PLY is a good choice if you are going to play with fairisle.
    At approx 2,564 yards per pound it is lighter.  It is beautiful single stranded, but it is especially nice when knitting color work
  • Tamm also has a heavier yarn on cones … Tamm Nordic for the Mid Gauge/Bulky Machines is a versatile weight.
    Notice that it’s approx 1112 yards per pound.

YPP is the best way to compare yarn in balls, hanks or skeins.


The Knit it Now  Yards Per Pound Tool helps you compare yarns to determine the best machine for each yarn, no matter the put up.


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