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Compare 7 Super “Super” Bulky Yarns

super bulky yarn gauge swatch

Are you looking for a Super “Super” Bulky Yarn substitute? Ya know, that yarn that uses a size US 17 {12mm} knitting needle.

I’ve been using super bulky yarns for a long time. I consider LBT&Q a super bulky yarn, however, I typically knit it using a size US 11 {8mm} or US 13 {9mm} knitting needle. Last week I released a new free pattern, HYGGE HIBERNATION : Cowl Knitting Pattern, which also uses a yarn that’s classified as a super bulky yarn, but I used a size US 17 {12mm} knitting needle. That’s a significant difference going from a US 11 {8mm} or US 13 {9mm} to a US 17 {12mm} needle. I don’t feel that it’s a jumbo sized yarn, that’s for US 25 and larger, but maybe we need a category in between? I know that this category doesn’t really exist, but I feel like it should have a category of its own.

After I finished the cowl, I was looking through my stash trying to decide what I wanted to knit next and noticed all the super “super” bulky yarns that I have and wondered how they compared in thickness to Wool and the Gang’s Crazy Sexy Wool. I thought maybe y’all would like to know too!

I knitted 7 swatches from 6 manufacturers.
Here’s pics of each of my swatches:

super bulky yarn gauge swatch

  • Cascade, Magnum
  • Gauge: 8 sts x 11 rows
  • Measurements: 9 x 8 3/4”

super bulky yarn gauge swatch

  • Cascade, Spuntaneous
  • Gauge: 8 sts x 12 rows
  • Measurements: 9 1/4 x 9 1/2”

super bulky yarn gauge swatch

  • Cloudborn, Highland Roving
  • Gauge: 8 1/4 sts x 11 rows
  • Measurements: 9 x 8 1/2”

super bulky yarn gauge swatch

  • MillaMia, Super Chunky
  • Gauge: 7 1/2 sts x 11 rows
  • Measurements: 9 1/2 x 9”

super bulky yarn gauge swatch

  • Red Heart, Grande
  • Gauge: 6 1/2 sts x 10 rows
  • Measurements: 10 3/4 x 9 3/4”

super bulky yarn gauge swatch

  • We Are Knitters, The Wool
  • Gauge: 7 1/2 sts x 11 rows
  • Measurements: 9 3/4 x 9 1/2”

super bulky yarn gauge swatch

  • Wool and the Gang, Crazy Sexy Wool
  • Gauge: 7 1/2 sts x 11 rows
  • Measurements: 9 3/4 x 9 1/2”

If you’re more of a video watcher, here’s a video for you!

Here’s the pattern for my swatches:

  • Size US 17 {12mm} Knitting Needles
  • CO 18 STS
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  • Rows 1-3: *K* {garter stitch}
  • Row 4 {RS} : *K*
  • Row 5 {WS}: K3, P12, K3
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  • Repeat rows 4-5, 9 more times
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  • Row 24-27: *K* {garter stitch}
  • Row 28: BO in all knit STS

Abbreviations:

  • * – * – repeat between * to end of round
  • BO – bind-off in pattern
  • CO – cast-on {long-tail cast-on method}
  • K – knit stitches {K1 means to knit 1 stitch}
  • P – purl stitches {P2 means to purl 2 stitches}
  • RS – right side
  • STS – stitches
  • WS – wrong side
super bulky yarn gauge swatches
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