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What is "fingering" yarn?

I crochet & knit, and was wondering what "fingering" yarn was

You won't get better than the previous answer. In the days of long ago, in the UK, fingering was what we called sock yarn.

It is thicker than laceweight and lighter than sport.
It is usually used for socks, intarsia knitting, sweaters, mittens, shrugs.

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What is "fingering" yarn?
I crochet & knit, and was wondering what "fingering" yarn was

What Is Fingering Yarn

What Is Fingering Weight Yarn

Fingering yarn refers to yarn of a certain weight. It is often also called sock yarn.

"Weight" in yarn just refers to the thickness, also known as gauge, of yarn. Fingering weight yarn usually knits up in US #1-3 (2.25 - 3.25 mm) needles. If you have 2 yarns in the same weight category, there might be a slight difference in gauge - one may be on the thinner side and one may be a bit heavier (on the thicker side). This variance is due to various manufacturers.

Also, although this won't affect your gauge, but just in case you're may get 2 different balls of yarn in different weights (say, fingering) that look like they are the same thickness and gauge, and the package says each ball of yarn is 50g, but the yardage is different. This is because certain fibers and fiber blends weigh differently.

So, with all the possible variants, it's important for you to knit a swatch to check your gauge with your yarn and count the number of stitches and rows per inch. A good pattern will tell you the gauge needed. If you don't get the right gauge you will end up with an ill-fitting garment.

Check the labels of the yarns -- the labels always give you gauge and may tell you if it's fingering or baby yarn.

The Craft Yarn Council of America has a chart of the standard weight system:

Info and profiles of yarn can be found in this yarn directory: