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Aug 4, 2011 12:34:19   #
lovetoknitandcrochet
 
I'm not sure if I know the definition of DK and Worsted weight? What's the difference?
 
Aug 4, 2011 12:42:46   #
e.ridenh
 
The weight is lighter in DK (#3), heaver in WW (#4) with #6 being the bulkiest - unless they've invented yet another weight! LOL!!

Donna Rae
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lovetoknitandcrochet wrote:
I'm not sure if I know the definition of DK and Worsted weight? What's the difference?
Aug 4, 2011 14:44:26   #
Colorado knits
 
e.ridenh wrote:
The weight is lighter in DK (#3), heaver in WW (#4) with #6 being the bulkiest - unless they've invented yet another weight! LOL!!

Donna Rae
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lovetoknitandcrochet wrote:
I'm not sure if I know the definition of DK and Worsted weight? What's the difference?


I think that what used to be called sport-weight yarn is now DK.
Aug 4, 2011 15:49:40   #
TammyK (a regular here)
 
Colorado knits wrote:
e.ridenh wrote:
The weight is lighter in DK (#3), heaver in WW (#4) with #6 being the bulkiest - unless they've invented yet another weight! LOL!!

Donna Rae
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lovetoknitandcrochet wrote:
I'm not sure if I know the definition of DK and Worsted weight? What's the difference?


I think that what used to be called sport-weight yarn is now DK.


Sport weight is lighter than DK.
Aug 4, 2011 16:08:01   #
lovetoknitandcrochet
 
Thanks for the info, that helps.
Aug 4, 2011 17:53:19   #
Colorado knits
 
TammyK wrote:
Colorado knits wrote:
e.ridenh wrote:
The weight is lighter in DK (#3), heaver in WW (#4) with #6 being the bulkiest - unless they've invented yet another weight! LOL!!

Donna Rae
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lovetoknitandcrochet wrote:
I'm not sure if I know the definition of DK and Worsted weight? What's the difference?


I think that what used to be called sport-weight yarn is now DK.


Sport weight is lighter than DK.


I did not know that. I don't see many yarns called sport-weight anymore. Advertised weights don't always seem to be consistent either.
 
Aug 4, 2011 20:52:19   #
TammyK (a regular here)
 
Colorado knits wrote:
TammyK wrote:
Colorado knits wrote:
e.ridenh wrote:
The weight is lighter in DK (#3), heaver in WW (#4) with #6 being the bulkiest - unless they've invented yet another weight! LOL!!

Donna Rae
~~~~~~
lovetoknitandcrochet wrote:
I'm not sure if I know the definition of DK and Worsted weight? What's the difference?


I think that what used to be called sport-weight yarn is now DK.


Sport weight is lighter than DK.


I did not know that. I don't see many yarns called sport-weight anymore. Advertised weights don't always seem to be consistent either.
quote=TammyK quote=Colorado knits quote=e.riden... (show quote)


It doesn't help that the categories tend to overlap somewhat. I ususally end up calculating the yards per ounce (or meters per 50 g), especially if I am trying to find a yarn to substitute for a specific yarn that I either can't or don't want to use.
Aug 4, 2011 20:57:12   #
Superdot2007
 
lovetoknitandcrochet wrote:
I'm not sure if I know the definition of DK and Worsted weight? What's the difference?


In Australia, DK is what we used to call 8ply.
Aug 5, 2011 05:30:43   #
AusaicMosaic
 
Superdot2007 wrote:
lovetoknitandcrochet wrote:
I'm not sure if I know the definition of DK and Worsted weight? What's the difference?


In Australia, DK is what we used to call 8ply.


We still do -----don't we?
Aug 5, 2011 06:21:01   #
Palenque1978
 
Superdot2007 wrote:
lovetoknitandcrochet wrote:
I'm not sure if I know the definition of DK and Worsted weight? What's the difference?


In Australia, DK is what we used to call 8ply.


I agree, DK is an 8 ply yarn. My understanding is that worsted is 10 ply. So, one is bigger than the other.

This chart may help. It says that sports weight yarn is lighter than DK, as Tammy said.

http://www.knitpicks.com/tutorials/Yarn_Weights__D64.html

This one is good too: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/weight.html
Aug 5, 2011 06:35:08   #
DJTK
 
AusaicMosaic wrote:
Superdot2007 wrote:
lovetoknitandcrochet wrote:
I'm not sure if I know the definition of DK and Worsted weight? What's the difference?


In Australia, DK is what we used to call 8ply.


We still do -----don't we?


yes , we still do !
 
Aug 5, 2011 06:35:33   #
jknappva
 
I've found a lot of times and it's true with the same brand yarn that worsted weight sometimes is not the same thickness in different colors and, especially in variegated yarn. I ALWAYS knit a swatch. That way I know for sure what I'm dealing with.
JuneK
Aug 5, 2011 07:16:20   #
courier770
 
If you go to yarndex.com you can search for the various weights of yarn: lace, fingering, sport, DK, Worsted, etc. You will see that they have different gauges. Sport weight is still produced today.
Aug 5, 2011 07:25:25   #
Janet.Sar
 
Superdot2007 wrote:
lovetoknitandcrochet wrote:
I'm not sure if I know the definition of DK and Worsted weight? What's the difference?


In Australia, DK is what we used to call 8ply.


And 8ply is 2 strands of 4ply, which in the UK we call Double Knit.
Buying DK in UK is a lottery! Different brands of 100gram/50gram balls can vary a great deal in their bulk. Some are not much thicker than 4-ply and others are almost aran weight. You may require different size needles between 3.5mm and 4.5mm, which can seriously affect sizing.
Aug 5, 2011 08:38:24   #
tenaj
 
Palenque1978 wrote:
Superdot2007 wrote:
lovetoknitandcrochet wrote:
I'm not sure if I know the definition of DK and Worsted weight? What's the difference?


In Australia, DK is what we used to call 8ply.


I agree, DK is an 8 ply yarn. My understanding is that worsted is 10 ply. So, one is bigger than the other.

This chart may help. It says that sports weight yarn is lighter than DK, as Tammy said.


THANKS!! Just what I was looking for. Makes choosing a yarn for a project so much easier

http://www.knitpicks.com/tutorials/Yarn_Weights__D64.html

This one is good too: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/weight.html
quote=Superdot2007 quote=lovetoknitandcrochet I'... (show quote)
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