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). But 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.

Posted by Sue Jalowiec on 06/16/2014 at 12:00 AM | Categories: Yarn on Cones -


June Bonfield

June Bonfield wrote on 06/17/14 1:00 PM

wow it does seem rather complicated....I would not be able to remember all this..... ~~~~ I agree! For most of us, yards per pound is the best way to compare yarn on cones. But there are times when you might run across a pattern written for a 7GG machine ... ~~~Sue ~~~
Donna Blakey

Donna Blakey wrote on 06/17/14 1:46 PM

Good to know and learn! Explains some mystery! :-)

Shar wrote on 06/17/14 11:30 PM

Great info!!! I would be curious to know where the mid-gauge and bulky machines fit into this "system" :) ~~~ Bulky would be in the 3GG range. ~~~Sue

Pauline wrote on 07/03/14 12:56 PM

Thanks for this information and any other interesting tidbit you may offer. I love KIN and the knowledge shared/provided all in one place.

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