Bulky yarn will help you knit hats, heavy sweaters, jackets, afghans/throws, scarves and other specialty items quickly. Category 5 yarns are about twice the diameter of worsted weight yarn. This yarn works great when Category 6 and 7 yarns are too heavy for your project.
If you are just learning to knit or crochet, this yarn is great for your first projects because the stitches are easy to see and you get fast results.
Yarn types in this category are often made from wool, mohair, acrylic or wool/synthetic blends.
Knit gauge in stockinette is 12-15 stitches in 4 inches on US Size 7-9 knitting needles.
Yes, it’s true. There is a new yarn weight category and it is:
Category 6, Super Bulky, had to adjust to make room for Category 7, Jumbo. Super Bulky (Bulky/Roving) was gauged at knitting 6-11 stitches over 4 inches of stockinette with size US 11 needles and larger. Now, Super Bulky is gauged at knitting 7-11 stitches over 4 inches of stockinette with size US 11-17 needles.
The new Category 7, Jumbo (Jumbo/Roving), is gauged at 6 stitches over 4 inches of stockinette with size US 17 and larger needles.
Why this new category? Knitters and yarn designers started using and creating yarn for arm knitting. Curious about arm knitting, check out this book on Arm Knitting.
Craft Yarn Council thought a new category was necessary to help knitters understand the type of fabric these Jumbo yarns create.
Jumbo yarns make quick work of hats and other fun projects. SWTC Dream Big is a Jumbo yarn.
Super Bulky yarns also make quick work of hats, cowls, shrugs and scarves. Encore Mega is a Super Bulky yarn.
These pictures are of hats made with Dream Big and with Encore Mega for your comparison of how the knitted fabric looks.Click on the image for the pattern.