GG, Nm, YPP … Huh??

There are a number of systems that are used to refer to the various weights of fiber. From thread to yarn to carpet fibers, various industries use different methods.

For domestic knitting machines, we often talk about 4.5mm or 9mm machines (standard and bulky gauge).

Industrial machines are referred to by GG (gauge).

In this context, gauge is the number of NEEDLES in one inch. Our standard gauge (4.5mm) machines fall into the 7 GG category.

Appropriate yarn for this gauge of machine is 4.5 Nm to 7 Nm.
1 Nm equals 1000 meters in one Kilogram(2.2 pounds).

Knit it Now uses yards per pound (YPP) to compare yarns. Below is a helpful chart that translates Nm counts to yards per pound.

Notice that a standard gauge machine is in the 2000 – 2500 YPP range.


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One thought on “GG, Nm, YPP … Huh??

  1. Margit Tritt

    July 11, 2017 at 12:17pm

    Thank you for this! I was using my rusty math skills to determine which yarn weight I needed over the weekend … here you have it all in one place!

  2. Melanie

    July 11, 2017 at 6:03pm

    I didn’t know you used YPP! Being in Australia most yarn I buy here and from Europe has metres per 100g. I’m worried now that I won’t understand how to convert your gauge measurements…

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    Knit it Now

    July 11, 2017 at 7:59pm

    We use YPP when selling yarn. There shouldn’t be any gauge conversions in our patterns. You determine your own gauge and we do the math for our patterns based on your gauge.

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