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DK weight - meaning
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Feb 23, 2013 09:30:51   #
What does DK weight mean? I have some marble yarn and have found a nice pattern and it uses DK weight alpaca/merino or 8 ply alpaca yarn. Can I use the marble yarn? On the marble yarn it says knits to most chunky patterns and 6mm needle. There is no gauge on the marble yarn wrapper. The pattern I have found uses a 4.5mm needle, thanks for any comments.
Feb 23, 2013 10:19:38   #
Yarn Happy (a regular here)
See the chart, I don't think you can use chunky yarn, DK is much lighter.
Feb 23, 2013 10:39:39   #
Marble does come in the lighter DK weight and uses the 4.5mm needle which your pattern indicates would be appropriate. The marble you have is the chunky weight and wouldn't be the same yarn called for in the pattern. I personally wouldn't try to use the chunky instead of the DK called for, more experienced knitters than myself might give it a go.
Feb 23, 2013 10:39:41   #
Thanks, I see by the chart that DK is a 3 and chunky is a 5, oh well I will make another cowl with the marble yarn. I put the chart into my favourites.
Feb 24, 2013 05:46:08   #
Have a look at

It will give the equivalents between US wool thicknesses and the UK terms

Feb 24, 2013 06:03:28   #
Hello Marly, Double knitting wool is usually knitted on 4mm needles, or 3.25 for k1 p1 rib, so I think your Wool is a heavier weight than DK, going by the size of the needles.

Feb 24, 2013 08:21:32   #
I am not as far along in my knitting as a lot of the knitters on this blog, but I learned early that a copy of a chart of yarn weights, needle sizes with conversion of US and UK added. I also have a copy of abbreviations. However, once in a while I run across one not on my list. I just add it on. I am not being critical of anyone, but these three list has proved very helpful to me.
Feb 24, 2013 08:31:51   #
guen12 wrote:
I am not as far along in my knitting as a lot of the knitters on this blog, but I learned early that a copy of a chart of yarn weights, needle sizes with conversion of US and UK added. I also have a copy of abbreviations. However, once in a while I run across one not on my list. I just add it on. I am not being critical of anyone, but these three list has proved very helpful to me.

I have done the same and keep it in favourites as well as printing off a copy - with the internet being so international and folks from all over the world posting patterns with terms we aren't familiar with I find it an essential tool.
Feb 25, 2013 00:08:44   #
In my other post I found that English DK was lighter, and mine is marble yarn done on 4mm needles. I am using it at the moment for a baby's cardigan.
Mar 3, 2013 06:05:55   #
DK in England is 8 ply in Australia and Light Sport weight in America. If you have an 8 ply (DK) you can most certainly use DK yarn. The usual size needle is 10 (3.25 Aug) or 8 (4 mm Aus) but 4.5 will only bring the project only very slightly bigger, but the pattern has been written to incorporate the yarn.
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