Knitting Paradise® - Knitting and Crochet Forum
Home | Knitting Digest | Active Topics | Search | Login | Register | Help
Why Would You Ever Want to Pay For Knitting and Crochet Patterns or Lessons When You Can Get All That for Free?
Read this:
 

We have some of the most skilled knitters and crocheters in the world posting patterns and techniques like you've never seen before. And some of them only post on our website and nowhere else, so you won't find these patterns anywhere else no matter how much time you spend searching! So keep reading.

Unlike other websites, we don't try to pitch specific brands of hooks or needles, yarn, or paid tutorials, while collecting sales commission.

Instead, we have other people, who are great knitters and crocheters, share with you what they know about knitting and crochet. What accessories they use, which yarn is the best for which type of project, which techniques work and which don't.

It's all completely unbiased. Our users simply have no reason to lie to you. They are people just like you.

And we provide a free platform for you and them to communicate. So you get to discover this information straight from the source, from people just like you, not from editors of some magazine or sales reps of some company.

This is what makes us different from other knitting websites out there that try to sell you something while claiming they are trying to help you.

If you are a beginner, intermediate, advanced, or a professional knitter or crocheter, then the benefits of signing up for our free weekly knitting e-mail newsletter are:

• We cover hand knitting, machine knitting, and crochet.

• Each week you'll be receiving new tips and techniques.

• Daily, you'll be receiving a knitting/crochet forum digest with the latest pictures, discussions and patterns.

• If you ever have a question or need help, you can always ask, and we'll cover your question in the following newsletter issue.

• Discover the fastest way to knit (and to crochet) a sock... while keeping the perfect heel and making sure the sock fits (not many knitters know this).

• Find out how to figure out how much yarn you need for a pattern if the pattern doesn't specify it (works for any project, a real life-saver sometimes).

• Learn how to pick up a dropped stitch, even from several rows below. It happens to absolutely everyone at some point. But don't worry, there exists a really simple fix.

• And if you ever run out of yarn, find out how to join any yarn in the middle of any project.

• If you can't find the pattern that you need, or if you don't know which pattern would be most appropriate for a specific project, then you can ask our other users to help you figure it out. We even have a dedicated "Pattern Requests" section on our website that's all about finding new patterns.

• The same goes for any problems and questions about specific techniques. We have experienced users who are always helping those in need with just the right advice.

Note to crocheters: We cover both knitting and crochet on our website. The name Knitting Paradise is just a matter of history of how this website was started. These days, close to 50% of content on our forum is about crochet. So it doesn't matter if you primarily knit or crochet (or if you only crochet), you'll still find just as many patterns, tips, and tutorials that are relevant to your specific interests.

• And of course, as I said it's all completely FREE!

• Let me repeat that. Since for some reason a lot of people contact us asking if the membership is really free: we are a social website for knitters and crocheters, so we don't sell anything, and we don't charge any fees. It's as simple as that.

Here is how to proceed and what to expect:

Enter your name and e-mail address below, and you'll be instantly added to our knitting and crochet mailing list distribution. You'll receive a one-time confirmation e-mail. Right after that, the first e-mail with today's digest will be forwarded to you. The signup process is completely automated, so you are just a few minutes away from discovering what our existing users already received earlier today. So you'll get up to speed right away on what's the latest on our website, without any long introductions or other delays.

First name:

E-mail address:

Going forward, the next digest will be released in just a few hours. So if you don't sign up now, you'll also miss everything covered in it too.

 
Main
DK weight - meaning
If you would like to post a reply, then please login (if you already have an account) or register (if you don't).
Feb 23, 2013 09:30:51   #
Marly
 
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.
http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/weight.html
Feb 23, 2013 10:39:39   #
knit_n_frog
 
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   #
Marly
 
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   #
gabio
 
Have a look at

http://www.gayesyarns.com/page15.htm

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

Gaye
Feb 24, 2013 06:03:28   #
janetcribb
 
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.

Janet
 
Feb 24, 2013 08:21:32   #
guen12
 
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   #
Bernadettebunty
 
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   #
dunottargirl
 
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   #
mavisb (a regular here)
 
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.
 
          
Main
Home | Latest Digest | Back to Top | All Sections
Contact us | Privacy policy | Terms of use
KnittingParadise.com - Forum
Copyright 2004-2016 Knitting Paradise, Inc.