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what does "DK" weight mean?

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Double knitting = DK.

Not a common weight for US produced yarns - found overseas more. It's lighter than worsted and thicker than baby, I believe.

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[quote name='natalie058']Double knitting = DK.

Not a common weight for US produced yarns - found overseas more. It's lighter than worsted and thicker than baby, I believe.[/QUOTE]

I'm glad you know what it stands for. I didn't know that. And you are right, it's between a worsted and a sport weight. My mother once described it to me as a very light worsted. I've been trying to get my hands on some for a while now 'cuase I have some great patterns using it. But, the only DK weight I can find is out of my price range....

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I've been wondering about this too. The book [i]Crochet for Tots[/i] uses "Plymouth Wildflower DK" yarn for all of the projects, and there is one I'm wanting to do. Patterworks ([url="http://www.patternworks.com"]www.patternworks.com[/url]) sells this yarn for 3.75 per ball.

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:ok for all you u.s. people out there dk is what we english people use to make our projects. :hook i use dk more than chunky or 4ply as it is a good price. there are online places to buy it too. £1 for 100gm balls :cheer i buy some locally for 79p for 100gm ball so that is not bad but there is postage on top buying online. :ghug

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[quote name='Dejhia']I'm glad you know what it stands for. I didn't know that. And you are right, it's between a worsted and a sport weight. My mother once described it to me as a very light worsted. I've been trying to get my hands on some for a while now 'cuase I have some great patterns using it. But, the only DK weight I can find is out of my price range....[/QUOTE]
here is a link to the site where i buy my dk and chunky online :yay :hook :hug
[url="http://www.cpu-enterprises.com/brett/dk-rainbow-x.htm"]http://www.cpu-enterprises.com/brett/dk-rainbow-x.htm[/url]

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[quote name='mercy7']:ok for all you u.s. people out there dk is what we english people use to make our projects. :hook i use dk more than chunky or 4ply as it is a good price. there are online places to buy it too. £1 for 100gm balls :cheer i buy some locally for 79p for 100gm ball so that is not bad but there is postage on top buying online. :ghug[/QUOTE]

It would make sense that DK is more used in England than in the states. My mother loves it, but she tends to like like more the English and Eurpean stuff. ( Her first good yarn shop was owned by someone who imported yarn from England and the Fair Isles...) I tend to work in Worsted Weight and Sport weight.. . I would love to work in Fingering weight like my mom does for her knitting, but it's just to expensive to make a sweater out of it.... Thanks for the link though.. I will bookmark the place.

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You know...I've always found Lion Brand Wool Ease to be lighter than regular worsted weight, despite being considered a "4 ply worsted weight" yarn... I'd think you'd be able to substitute it for DK... at least I probably would, because I say "screw it" and do stuff like that! LOL!

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You can get the plymouth wildflower DK [url="http://store.yahoo.com/kaleidoscopeyarns/plymouth-wildflower-dk-cotton-acrylic-blend-double-knitting-sport-weight-baby-yarn.html"]here[/url] for 3.75 or [url="http://store.nobleknits.com/spweya.html"]here[/url] for 3.99 with $5.00 dollar shipping (if you got 5 balls of wildflower it would be a little cheaper at the second place.) or you can try Knitpicks [url="https://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/yarn_display.aspx?itemid=5420104"]Merino Style[/url] for 2.29 this is also a DK weight.

You can try [url="http://www.pagelinx.com/cgi-shopper/loadpage.cgi/smileysyarns/ezshopper?user_id=id&file=iriot.htm"]this yarn [/url]from Smiley's but they have a 30 dollar limit. I have never used the Luxor Dk.

I also think that [url="https://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/yarn_display.aspx?itemid=5420122"]shine from knit picks [/url]would work well as a DK weight. It has a gauge of 24st=4" on a size 3-5 needles (they alway list knitting gauge!) But I am sure that with the right size hook (F or G) you could get a gauge of 22 stitches= 4" for a DK weight
I have some extra shine at home I am going to swatch it with a G hook and see what I get. I really like the shine yarn.
Hope this helps!!

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[quote name='Suebee42']You know...I've always found Lion Brand Wool Ease to be lighter than regular worsted weight, despite being considered a "4 ply worsted weight" yarn... I'd think you'd be able to substitute it for DK... at least I probably would, because I say "screw it" and do stuff like that! LOL![/QUOTE]

Hum.. That's odd. I'm working for the first time with Wool Ease, and I thought it was a little thicker than the Carron Simply Soft I like to work with... But I'm with you, I will modify a good pattern to make it work with the yarn I have.

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Thanks firemanshunny for all the good links... :clap After my move, I will have to do a search and pull up this thread again .... I can't really order more yarn right now :( since I won't be in this house 2 months from now.. wow.. that's weird to think about... less than two montsh... sorry.. I am getting way off topic here. But, after the move, . . .

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Simply Soft is another one that is a little thin... when I think "normal" worsted weight yarn, I think Red Heart Super Saver, TLC, or Caron Pounder. LOL!

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Now that I think about it, you are right. Wool Ese is thinner than the standard WW yarns... I guess It's just 'cause my last project was in Sport weight that WW seemed big....

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I received my copy of Crochet magazine today, and there is a pattern for a newborn gift set on page 30. It calls for Plymouth Wildflower size 8 Crochet Cotton. Is this the same yarn for sale on the sites just posted? I am confused because they are not calling it crochet cotton or mentioning the size 8.
Thanks for any help, as I would love to try and crochet the newborn gift set from the magazine.
Rosemary

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I searched at the Plymouth site, and this is what it gave me for "wildflower" so my guess is that the two are one and the same. If I wasn't so lazy I'd go grab my copy of Crochet! to check... :blush

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Natalie058, thank you for answering my question concerning the wildflower yarn. I kind of think it is the same, too. Guess I will try and order some online, as I have not seen it here in Toronto.

Yours,

Rosemary

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