Do you love DK weight yarn? We certainly do! It's a great weight for quicker projects, but still so versatile and easy to work with. Right now, we’re loving the upcoming That 70's Hat and Cowl set by Banny Ree Designs, knit up in Bello DK! This is going to be such a quick knit, and so luxurious and warm for these cooler months!
It may be a bit daunting to know which of our custom-milled DK's will work best for your project. Let's take a closer look at the attributes of each DK base we offer and help you navigate the wonderful world of DK weight yarn!
We've also included in this post a look at what DK yarn we're working with, and a little bit of history on where the term "DK" comes from.
Our Custom-Milled Blends
Beau DK is a luxurious blend of Yak and Cashmere that creates a super soft, cozy yet lightweight fabric. The Yak content along with the loose ply of the the yarn will have you warmed up in no time! Knitting it at a looser gauge creates a dreamy, irresistible fabric with a comfortable drape. This base is ideal for hats, shawls, scarves, and can be a very cozy choice for sweaters.
A combination of our signature superwash Merino and the highest quality of Cashmere creates an absolutely stunning custom-milled blend of DK that can't be beat! Bello DK is best suited for hats, shawls, scarves, garments. It makes for a luxurious and lovely fabric that is simply irresistible!
Ondulado by Justyna Lorkowska
This yarn is spun from 100% pure cashmere sourced from the longest and thinnest hairs from the Cashmere goat’s soft, downy underbelly, giving it an ethereal softness that is unmatched. With its slick texture you will find that it slides over your needles with ease and makes your shawls, scarves or hats a dream to work up!
As you know, Primo DK is one of our personal favorites because of the versatility this blend offers. You can make anything from hats, mittens, scarves, shawls sweaters and even socks with this base! The Merino, Cashmere and hint of Nylon make for the perfect blend of elasticity, softness and strength. You really can't go wrong with this base!
A spectacular blend of superwash merino and nylon, Sweater DK is a great option for strength and durability. It is machine washable, super soft, and special enough for heirloom knitting. Perfect for baby, toddler, youth and adult knits! Its clean stitch definition also makes it great for textured stitch patterns. If you are looking for a work-horse yarn, Sweater DK is the best option!
This is a fun-to-knit base with the subtle tweed-like flecks of color that complement your fabric. Like a little party happening with every stitch. It's both sturdy, yet next-to-skin soft, making it a fun choice for socks, hats, shawls, and garments!
DK on Our Needles
Now, that we've had a look through most of our DK bases, and determined what each base is best suited for, would you like to see what we've been working on?
We love a little wooly related history over here and ran across this fun tidbit about the term "DK" and where it originated.
DK actually stands for double knit yarn or wool. It's possible you will still see the term "double knit wool" in older knitting patterns, but most modern patterns and yarns just use the initials DK. The term "DK" used in the world of knitting and crochet describes the weight of yarn. DK yarn is twice the thickness of sock yarn and years ago, sock yarn was easier to get hold of, but it is very thin and takes longer to knit up. So knitters would use sock yarn held double to make a thicker garment, which is where the name double knit wool comes from.
As always, we hope you have enjoyed another edition of our little blog and would love to see all your knits made with DK yarn by tagging us on Instagram or emailing us at email@example.com
The Plucky Crew
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