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Sock yarn usually has a percentage of nylon with the wool so socks wear better. Sock weight yarn is generally considered fingering weight but not all fingering weight yarn will work well for socks.
Lace yarn is thinner than fingering yarn.

Hopefully this chart will help answer your question
http://www.ravelry.com/help/yarn/weights
 

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Lace weight is a lighter weight than fingering and sock yarn.

Fingering and sock yarn are the same weight, but fingering is usually spun like most knitting yarns, while sock yarn has a tighter twist and usually a different fiber to make them a bit more sturdy.
 

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catlover1960 said:
Sock yarn usually has a percentage of nylon with the wool so socks wear better. Sock weight yarn is generally considered fingering weight but not all fingering weight yarn will work well for socks.
Lace yarn is thinner than fingering yarn.

Hopefully this chart will help answer your question
http://www.ravelry.com/help/yarn/weights
Note that while sock weight yarn is fingering, but not all sock yarns are fingering. Most are but some are heavier so just check it says sock weight (or look at the gauge to get an idea). And we did have some here for one winter that were only a lace weight-half the weight of fingering.
 

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littlewind53 said:
Fancy that. I did not know there was a "7" Jumbo..... We learn something new everyday.....
That size was just added to the list in the last few months.
 
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