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« on: March 16, 2006 12:34:05 AM »

So, I bought some yarn on ebay and, being a total knitting moron, I figured Uruguay DK sounded nice and I bought a lot of 10 skeins of it, hoping to make a sweater. Problem is, I have yet to find a pattern that calls for DK yarn in a sweater that I like. So what do I do? Did I get an amazingly good deal on this merino/alpaca/silk yarn because it's not suitable for making sweaters? Or I am missing something in the patterns that will unlock the secret door to knitting bliss?
Also, as I mentioned, I have ten balls of the stuff. If I need to make a size XL sweater, will I have enough yarn?

Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this!

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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2006 03:38:28 AM »

I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure double knit yarn (DK) falls between sport weight and worsted weight. Hopefully an expert will pop in and give you advice on substituting it in other patterns.
Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2006 04:40:36 AM »

It's hard to tell from your post if you'll have enough yarn----you'll hafta do some math!  Shocked   Multiply 10 times the yardage of the skein (should appear somewhere on the label) and then compare that to the yardage requirements in the pattern.  If the pattern called for a yarn heavier than DK (like worsted or bulky) then you might not have enough yarn, even if you bought the same number of skeins.  The reason why is because lighter weight yarns are also skinnier yarns & it more stitches fit into an inch than with bulkier yarns.  Hope that helps!
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2006 07:31:01 AM »

If there's a pattern you like that calls for a heavier weight yarn, you may be able to get gauge by doubling up.


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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2006 08:41:33 AM »

DK means double knitted, which came about because if you take 2 strands of fingering/sock yarn it comes out the same weight. Two strands of DK is equivalent to heavy worsted or aran weight yarn. I believe DK is actually about the same as sport yarn, and there are lots of patterns that would use it. Knit up some swatches in different sized needles to check the gauge (as well as with it doubled) and find a pattern that has close to the same gauge. Figuring out how many yards there are is better than going by number of skeins as different yarns, even of the same thickness, may have different yardages. Knitpicks.com has a pattern finder where you choose by type of yarn and it'll come up with both free patterns and some from books.


« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2006 09:32:32 PM »

Thanks for all the replies. I have been playing around with the yarn and hopefully I'll find a suitable pattern soon. Thanks again!

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