I’m talking about yarn – get yo mind outta the gutter! 😉
I’ve been winding a butt ton of fingering weight yarns (aka sock yarns) for the last year and I’ve noticed something peculiar. There’s no consistency as far as thickness is concerned. Yes, it’s true that a vast majority fall into the 400-440yds per 100g category, there are plenty of outliers that are still marked as “fingering weight”
Why does this matter? Well, for one, if you’re mixing different fingering weight yarns for a multi-color project, you might experience different textures or a different gauge, creating irregularities in your knit fabric. (I used scraps of a 50 or so different fingering weight for a linen stitch scarf and yes, the thicker yarns created a bumpier row, which I did not like. This was especially apparent when I wore the scarf around my neck since the neck area also happens to be one of the most sensitive parts of the body)
Shall we take a look some examples of the rogue fingering weights then?
Blue Moon Fiber Arts – Socks that Rock Lightweight (405yds/146g)
One of the thickest fingering weights out there, BMFA even states upfront that it’s “not a true fingering-weight; close, though.” I’d say this is a true sport weight.
Colinette – Jitterbug (400yds/150g)
This one is even thicker than the Socks that Rock that was mentioned above since it’s not as tightly spun as STR. A sport weight bordering on DK, they recently discontinued this line and came out with a Jitterbug Sock version which has 400yds/100g per skein, which is an actual fingering weight.
Handmaiden – Casbah (355yds/115g)
Another sport weight posing as fingering. Super soft and lovely but it belongs in the same category as another similar yarn – Bugga (which is correctly categorized as sport weight)
Patons Kroy Socks (166yds/50g)
There are several different versions of this yarn out there but apparently the latest put-up is rather thick and folks with larger feet have run out of yarn before finishing their socks. Well, hello? Look at the skimpy yardage (and thicker yarn). It used to be fingering when they had 203yds but not anymore!
I have a hunch that because fingering weight is a popular category, yarn companies are intentionally labeling them as fingering to sell more yarns. At any rate, pay attention to the yardages and if it falls below 350yds/100g, chances are that you’re looking at sport weight.