Janice Wilkens wrote:
So now I am wondering if we are all talking about the same type of yarn. Seems to me the folks who live in the UK and Australia call "our" worsted, DK - and I guess that's really what DK means - double knit, right?
But here in the USA, I understood DK to mean 3 ply, fingering. Which I really don't like at all. Am I missing something?
DK is usually knit on 4mm needles while worsted is usually knit on 5mm or even 5.5mm. DK to me is a much nicer drape for the majority of things but it is thicker than a fingering/4 ply yarn. Sweaters are less bulky and therefore more flattering. I find worsted to be much heavier. I grew up in the UK with DK yarn and when I knit with worsted it was so thick it felt like rope to me. DK is what some call a “light worsted” in this country but it is the most commonly used weight in the UK