DK yarn, short for double knit, is truly a perfect mid-weight yarn – not too heavy, but still warm enough to keep you toasty on a winter day, or as Goldilocks would say, it is “just right”. DK weight yarn goes by many names: double knit, 8-ply (UK/AUS), size 3 yarn, lightweight, or light worsted weight. DK weight yarn is the most popular knitting yarn on Ravelry! You can rest assured that if you dye it, you will be able to find a complimentary pattern for your next project. We love to use DK for all sorts of baby gifts, as well as adult sweaters. It truly is the perfect weight of yarn for warmth without adding too much bulk!
DK weight yarn can be prepared in many ways, but there are a few dyer favorites. At Knomad, our favorite is a traditional 3-ply with a beautiful, crisp twist coming in at 246 yards per 100g skein. This yarn lends itself beautifully to cable work, linen and seed stitch, or anything where texture is a focal point. As a rule of thumb, DK weight yarn will yield about 230 – 260 yards per 100g. The most common ply structures in DK are 2-ply, 3-ply, and cable ply. These ply structures all have a few things in common – they are all designed to be soft and resilient!