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Jul 8, 2012 10:12:02   #
The pattern I'm thinking of calls for a DK, or sport, weight. If I use two lace wgt. strands together, would that be the same? Would two DK together be the same as a worsted?
Jul 8, 2012 10:22:25   #
3mom wrote:
The pattern I'm thinking of calls for a DK, or sport, weight. If I use two lace wgt. strands together, would that be the same? Would two DK together be the same as a worsted?

Hi mom :roll: If I am correct I believe the general rule is...
2 lace = fingering, 2 fingering = DK
2 DK = worsted, 2 worsted = bulky.
I hope if I am incorrect some one will post. Than again, I am SURE some one will post :XD: :XD: Hope this helps.
Jul 8, 2012 10:24:43   #
Why don't you try a swatch to see if you can get the gauge/tension you need with the yarn you want to use?

This is from the Lion Brand Site.

About Yarn: Can I combine two strands of one weight to equal a larger weight?

Yes, you may use two strands of a finer weight yarn held together to approximate the gauge of a thicker yarn.

The following are approximate equivalents; however, as with all substitutions, you should check to make sure you're obtaining gauge. For our FAQ on gauge, please click here.

2 strands fingering = one strand sportweight
2 strands sport = one strand worsted weight
2 strands worsted = one strand chunky to super bulky weight*

*2 strands of a lighter worsted yarn (e.g. Wool-Ease or Fishermen's Wool) held together may approximate the thickness of a chunky yarn, while 2 strands of a heavier worsted weight yarn (e.g. Vanna's Choice) held together may approximate the thickness of a super bulky yarn. Because of this range, again, we recommend that you should make a gauge swatch to test.

This is another site.
Jul 8, 2012 10:53:03   #
Colorado knits
It seems that there is a wide variation in all of the yarn weights. For instance, not all sport weights are the same; not all worsted weights are the same -- same with all the yarns.

Swatching is the only accurate way to know.
Jul 8, 2012 11:03:16   #
Catarry (a regular here)
I think everyone who's posted is correct, and that this is one of those situations where taking the time to do a careful swatch is vital.
Manufacturers lump their yarns into 6 arbitrary categories, so there's lots of variation among yarns labeled, say, DK.
That said, generally when you work with a double strand of one weight, it's like working with one category higher.
But to be certain that your project will be the equivalent of the original worsted specs, you'll need to swatch your double DK work.
Jul 8, 2012 11:09:53   #
Actually two strands of DK will be heavier than Worsted. DK is often referred to as "light worsted" since it is just slightly lighter than Worsted.
Jul 8, 2012 11:11:41   #
trish2222 (a regular here)
I don't know abut the doubled DK ( I would hazard a guess that that would be the equivalent of aran)but I can certainly confirm that 2 lace is not thick enough for DK.
Sorry if I've muddied the waters - feel free to ignore me!!!
Jul 8, 2012 11:53:58   #
Yarn Happy
If you knit a swatch you will know for sure, and see if you like the look.
Jul 9, 2012 06:20:07   #
In the UK, our Double Knit is probably the most used yarn. It is used for sweaters, jumpers, hats, scarves etc and the standard gauge is usually around 20/22stitches and 28 rows to 4" on 4mm needles - this is normally for the body of a garment, the rib is normally done on smaller needles say 3.5mm or 3.75mm.

Two strands of UK double-knit would be a fairly hefty yarn and would probably be more near to a heavy aran.
Jul 9, 2012 06:36:53   #
mavisb (a regular here)
DK = double knit is an 8 ply yarn in Australia so if you double it, it would make 16 ply which is larger than Aran, 10 ply or 12 ply yarn. I certainly would not double the DK/8 ply as it would be too thick.
Jul 9, 2012 07:12:09   #
phoenix knitter
Obviously swatching will give you the exact gauge of the doubled yarn, but you can approximate the gauge using a tip from Ann Cannon-Brown (Elann Fibre Company.)

Her "rule of thumb" is to multiply the single-strand gauge by .72 to get the approximate gauge for what the yarn would knit up with as 2 strands. For example, one strand of fingering yarn has a typical gauge of 28 sts/4" (10 cm); 28 x .72 = approx. 20; so, two strands of fingering wt. yarn would knit to an approximate gauge of 20 sts/4" (10 cm), which falls within the range of gauges for typical worsted wt. yarns. Therefore, 2 strands of fingering wt. yarn could be substituted for one strand of worsted wt. yarn.
Jul 9, 2012 07:14:45   #
I agree with both the ladies, doubling the wool with double knit would make for a bulky yarn. Actually the tea cosy I am knitting now is done in double knitting doubled up, and it is bulky (but that's OK if you're a tea cosy). I can't think of anything else that would need 2 strands of DK, or Australian 8 ply. You could try double 4 ply, which is the next weight down.
Jul 9, 2012 07:16:07   #
Golly, that looks very technical! I feel a bit small here.
Jul 9, 2012 07:27:05   #
laurelarts (a regular here)
This is what I have found to work for me:
2 strands of fingering weight yarn = 1 strand sport weight Yarn
2 strands of sport weight yarn = 1 strand of worsted weight
2 strands of worsted weight = 1 strand of bulky
3 strands of worsted weight = 1 strand of super bulky or chunky weight yarn
Jul 9, 2012 07:58:40   #
While I use double strands all the time, I don't do it to "equal" another weight. I'll use a strand of sock weight and add a strand of mohair for an interesting blend to make a unique scarf.

One of the problems in using multiple strands is that they don't always exactly equal the weight you are trying to achieve. This is because the strands are not "plied" together so you get a little more "loft" and that can affect gauge.

Swatching is the best way to see what you will get.
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