If you are new to knitting, chances are that the wide range of yarns with their varying weights, styles and types can be very confusing. There are different types of yarn such as bulky yarn, metallic yarn etc. The bulky yarn is so popular in knitting communities since it is easy to work with compared to other yarns. This yarn has a good elasticity and is made up of looser fibers. This allows the knitted garment to contain a stretch factor when finished. It can also mean that throughout the process of knitting, one can maintain the same force and pressure on the yarn due to the flexibility it gives the knitter.
The weight of bulky yarn is 12 ply or 7 wpi (wraps per inch). Bulky yarn is most useful for projects that need to be completed quickly. It is apt for a variety of scarf patterns and may also be seen in some hat or sweater patterns. Most patterns that call for bulky yarn are meant to be relatively quick projects, since the large yarn and bigger needles make knitting much faster.
The weight of super bulky yarn is 5-6 wpi. Super bulky yarn is pretty easy to spot. It is fairly uncommon for one to use a yarn of this weight since it doesn't allow for much flexibility. One also has to use very large needles to achieve a good gauge. This kind of yarn is typically used in knitting blankets or chunky scarves.
Bulky yarns need really big needles to knit with. A bulky yarn can be used on many projects like slippers, shawls or blankets. So a proper sized needle should be chosen. A standard needle of 10 (6.0mm) to 11 (8.0mm), may work well for bulky yarns. For super bulky yarns, the Standard needle size is 11 (8.0mm) to 13 (9.0mm).
A wide range of fibers are obtained from the bulky yarn including mohair, alpaca, wool, cashmere, acrylic, bamboo, cotton and polyester. Some knitting companies manufacture a smooth bulky yarn with straight, even fibers that are spun to create a uniformly sized and textured yarn. Depending on the type of bulky yarn, it can be washed in a machine or it may need delicate hand wash. It is advisable to remember how to wash and take care of this yarn, with the help of the directions on its package.
Depending on the quantity and type of yarn that one wants to use, different kinds of products can be made. One can make good scarves and hats from bulky yarn. A purse would be good too depending on what kind of yarn it is or even slippers. You can even make Cell phone case, Tissue case, water bottle holders, house socks, Hat and Shawl etc.