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Types of yarn are defined by fiber content, by texture, and by weight.

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Laceweight yarn is lighter than fingering yarn. It is usually knit at a gauge of 8 to 10 stitches per inch on very fine needles, although a looser gauge may be used if the lace is to be an openwork ...

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Linen is a natural fiber made from the stem of the flax plant. It is a popular choice for summer knitting, as it is cool and absorbent to wear.

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Acrylic is a synthetic fiber made of polyacrylonitrile. Acrylic yarn is widely available in craft stores and can be spun and plied to imitate many natural fibers.

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Bulky yarn is heavier than worsted weight and is knit at a gauge of about 3 stitches per inch. This yarn is sometimes called chunky or rug yarn.

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Double knitting or DK yarn is a weight in between sport and worsted weights. This weight is common in the United Kingdom.

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Plarn is a term coined to describe "plastic yarn." Thrifty crafters have created items knit from plastic grocery bags.

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Cotton fiber comes from the boll of the cotton plant. Cotton yarn is less elastic than yarn from animal fibers, e.g. wool. Cotton thread is also used for lace knitting.

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