The Websters

Lace Weight Yarns

Lace weight yarn is particularly troublesome to categorize. It isn't the yarn weight that is difficult to identify (any yarn finer than fingering weight can qualify as lace weight), but rather the gauge. To count stitches per inch just doesn't work when it comes to patterns containing many deliberately placed airy, holey designs. Knitters who prefer a tightly stitched lace will choose to use size 2 or 3 needles. On the other hand, those knitters aiming for a gossamer-like feeling will knit the very same pattern with size 6 or 7 needles. Lace weight yarn is very fine and is best for creating delicate, web-like items such as openwork shawls and scarves. Exact measurements aren't necessary with many lace garments so one is free to experiment and enjoy making the type of fabric that suits one's preference.