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lettielane
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Posted - 03/05/2007 :  11:23:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit lettielane's Homepage Send lettielane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For that matter, what is fingering yarn? What's the difference between sports weight and worsted weight? Is there a chart somewhere describing the differences between all the various weights? Is sock yarn a fingering yarn or DK? I'm confused, obviously. :-)

Miss Maia
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Posted - 03/06/2007 :  12:13:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit Miss Maia's Homepage Send Miss Maia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
DK stands for double knitting and is between sport and worsted weights at about 5.5 stitches per inch. Sock yarn is often fingering weight (about 7-8 sts/in). If someone refers to a sock weight yarn, they probably mean fingering weight. But socks can be made from sport (6 sts/in), DK, or even worsted weights.

This table is pretty good: Yarn Standards.

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mokey
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Posted - 03/06/2007 :  05:44:34 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
DK is also the most popular yarn weight in the UK, Canada, and Australia.

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lettielane
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Posted - 03/06/2007 :  4:23:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit lettielane's Homepage Send lettielane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks! That answers my questions, and the chart is what I needed to see. And now I know that DK stands for double knitting. You all are awesome!
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lucylocket
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Posted - 03/07/2007 :  3:21:40 PM  Show Profile Send lucylocket a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Miss Maia

DK stands for double knitting and is between sport and worsted weights at about 5.5 stitches per inch. Sock yarn is often fingering weight (about 7-8 sts/in). If someone refers to a sock weight yarn, they probably mean fingering weight. But socks can be made from sport (6 sts/in), DK, or even worsted weights.

This table is pretty good: Yarn Standards.

Maia
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Thanks for posting the chart Maia - As Mokey said we are familiar here with DK,8ply,4ply,5ply,12ply etc but its great to have the standards chart as a handy reference - I always had problems working out worsted,sport and fingering terms until I joined these forums!!Happy Knitting - Lucylocket[meow]

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Margie
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Posted - 03/08/2007 :  10:50:23 PM  Show Profile Send Margie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Geez, all this time I didn't know what DK meant. And I love to know things like that.

Margie

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