Double Knit Yarn
When you’re new to crochet or knitting, yarn weights seem particularly confusing because many different terms are used for the same weight.
DK yarn or double knitting yarn is a standard weight, a woolen-spun worsted type that creates two layers at once. In this post, we will explain what DK yarn means and why it’s called double knitting!
What is Double Knit Yarn?
Double knit yarn is a weight of yarn used for knitting between sport and worsted. What makes it unique, though? Well, the term “double knitting” describes both its purpose as well as how this type of fiber can be knitted or crocheted up: with two strands together to create an incredibly durable cloth perfect for winter weather!
Double knit yarn is good for a wide range of projects, including summer garments and baby items.
Double knitting yarn can be made from wool, cotton, acrylics, or polyester.
What Number is DK Weight Yarn?
DK weight yarn is a category 3 yarn. It is right between fine and medium-weight yarn. You can review the yarn weight system by viewing the chart at the Craft Yarn Council.
What Ply is DK Yarn?
When it comes to DK yarn, the weight and ply are not always consistent. For example, you can have a bulky 4-ply that is lightweight or vice versa, depending on how thick each strand of the yarn actually is.
DK yarn is not always four-ply. The weight and ply of the yarn depending on its individual strand thickness.
DK vs. Worsted
DK yarn is lighter than worsted weight yarn. Worsted weight is a #4 yarn, while DK is a #3. You will also hear DK yarn referred to as “light worsted.”
If you’re creating a project and are worried DK might be too light for your project, try a worsted. Otherwise, if you are creating something and you want it to be a little thinner, DK is a good choice.
Double knit or DK yarn is a popular choice for many crocheters and knitters. It’s versatile, making it perfect for various projects. This lightweight weight also tends to be easy on beginners’ hands when starting their first project!