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Jan 11, 2018 09:58:59   #
Janice Wilkens
 
My "go to yarn" has always been 4-ply, worsted and my fav is still Red Heart. Lately, I've been trying other yarns and for my current project I choose to use DK yarn to knit a Log Cabin style baby blanket. Now I'm thinking it's going to be too light weight and will have no body to it. My DH assured me since it is for our new grandbaby who lives in NC, it will be just perfect.

So I'm wondering who really likes to use the DK yarn and what do you make from it??
 
Jan 11, 2018 10:01:10   #
pengwensgranny
 
I use dk (8 ply in Australia) for practically everything I knit. It is double the thickness of 4ply wool.
Jan 11, 2018 10:01:44   #
Porkypine0727
 
I use it for baby blankets. It's perfect. A little heavier than baby weight, but not too heavy for little guys.
Jan 11, 2018 10:02:20   #
Maxine1944
 
For people living in California, DK is perfect! Also, it lends itself to Fair Isle better than worsted because it is thinner.
Jan 11, 2018 10:06:23   #
Appin
 
Almost everything. It's the most common yarn thickness in the UK.
Jan 11, 2018 10:07:58   #
Reyna
 
DK is probably all I knit with, occasionally I will us Aran.
 
Jan 11, 2018 10:09:05   #
Patty Sutter (a regular here)
 
Janice Wilkens wrote:
My "go to yarn" has always been 4-ply, worsted and my fav is still Red Heart. Lately, I've been trying other yarns and for my current project I choose to use DK yarn to knit a Log Cabin style baby blanket. Now I'm thinking it's going to be too light weight and will have no body to it. My DH assured me since it is for our new grandbaby who lives in NC, it will be just perfect.

So I'm wondering who really likes to use the DK yarn and what do you make from it??


Everything?
I use worsted and DK a lost exclusively.
Think of DK as light worsted.
Jan 11, 2018 10:19:09   #
Dances with Wool (a regular here)
 
I love DK weight for all kinds of things. For me, worsted is too thick and heavy.
Jan 11, 2018 10:24:56   #
KateLyn11 (a regular here)
 
I don't use DK often, but a lot of my patterns for baby clothes call for it. So that is when I use it.
Jan 11, 2018 10:30:35   #
BarbaraBL (a regular here)
 
I use dk for everything and rarely use worsted weight. I think dk is mostly used here in the UK. I make all my toys with dk and also afghans.
Jan 11, 2018 10:33:01   #
saxen
 
I live in the with and DK is nice for sweaters since it is not as thick. Also, I think the designs show up better with DK. It is my favorite yarn to knit with.
 
Jan 11, 2018 10:36:02   #
sam0767 (a regular here)
 
I like working with dk. I am going to start my new blankets for all 6 grandkids here soon and will be using a worsted for them. But favor dk over everything else. I was making my granddaughter a blanket out of baby sport. Found out that the color I was working with was discontinued after I redid the colors once before. Gave it up. She's 7 and it was pretty cozy. But for the older ones I will be using the new Lions cake yarn. Can't remember the name right now.
Jan 11, 2018 10:47:01   #
alan55
 
I use 8 ply most of the time as my LK150 prefers it though two strands of different coloured 4ply yarns knitted together works and the 4ply usually goes on the SK322.

Most items that you knit with 4 ply can be knit with 8 ply with the difference being less stitches and less rows over 10cm/4 inches


Just for reference 8 ply = DK = Worsted http://www.theknittingsite.com/knitting-conversion-tables/


Jan 11, 2018 11:12:37   #
Janice Wilkens
 
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?
Jan 11, 2018 11:28:26   #
Dances with Wool (a regular here)
 
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
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