Can I use double knit wool instead of 4 ply?

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Typically, 4 ply yarn is equivalent to medium weight yarn, which means that it is possible for double knit yarn to be 4 ply as well. This is not always the case, though, since fibers with thicker thread will create a bulkier yarn.

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Hereof, can you use DK wool instead of 4 ply?

If you use DK for a 4 ply pattern it will come out bigger so, if the pattern tells you to knit for, say, 4" or 10cms you will have to make it a bit longer to be in proportion. The easiest thing would be to try to find a pattern in DK or to buy some inexpensive 4ply yarn and use your DK yarn for something else.

Subsequently, question is, how many ply is DK yarn? Ravelry Standard Yarn Weights

Name Ply (UK, NZ, AU) Knit gauge (4 in / 10 cm)
DK 8 ply 22 stitches
Worsted 10 ply 20 stitches
Aran 10 ply 18 stitches
Bulky 12 ply 14-15 stitches

People also ask, can I use double knitting wool instead of 4ply?

If you can get the same stitch gauge with another yarn, whether they call it sport weight, baby, DK, 4-ply, 3-ply, no ply mentioned, etc, go for it. In switching to 4 ply instead of DK (Pattern is for DK) do I use bigger or smaller needles The needles for DK are 3.25mm and 4.00mm Thank you for the help.

What is thicker DK or 4 ply?

4-fach is approximately 4ply, while 6-fach is thicker, more like sport or DK. In the UK, 3ply and 4ply are commonly sold as 'baby' yarns.

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What size needles for 4 ply wool?

Choosing The Correct Yarn, Needle & Hook sizes For Knitting & Crochet
USA UK Needle size (mm)
Lace 2 ply 1.25mm – 3.0mm
Sock/ Fingering 3 ply 2.0mm – 3.5mm
Fingering/Sports 4 ply 3.25mm
Light Worsted Double Knitting 3.5mm-4.5mm

Is 4 ply a DK?

Structure of a 4 ply yarn
ply (lace weight), DK was known as 10 ply and 4 ply lies somewhere in between. This was great and you could easily see that 2 strands of 4 ply are about the same thickness as DK, 2 strands of lace weight are about the same as 4 ply.

Is double knit the same as 4 ply?

Double knitting wool is somewhere between sports weight and worsted weight yarn. Double knitting yarn is somewhere in the light to medium weight yarn range, and perfect for summer garments and light weight fabrics. 4 Ply Yarn. The ply of a yarn refers to how many strands of yarn are spun together to make the yarn.

Can I knit a DK pattern in 4ply?

The best indicator of this is the tension quoted in the pattern and size of needles used. 4ply yarn is 28 stitches and 36 rows, to 10 x 10 cm, over stocking stitch, using 31/4mm needles. Double knitting (DK) yarn is 22 stitches and 28 rows, to 10 x 10 cm, over stocking stitch, using 4mm needles.

Can I use 4 ply instead of 3ply?


1 ply is a flat yarn, so is 2. A three ply yarn is round and will thus show off patterns and such in knitting. A 4-ply is rounder. Provided the weight and gauge is correct you should be fine, because the size of the yarn would be the same.

What can I knit with DK yarn?

DK Weight Hat Patterns
  1. Blister Stitch Hat.
  2. Fluffy Brioche Hat.
  3. Knit Only Slouch Hat.
  4. Springtime Stripes Hat.
  5. Grey Days Beanie.
  6. Rainbow Adventures Knit Hat Pattern.
  7. Cozy Cable Knit Hat Pattern.
  8. Rolled Brim Stockinette Stitch Beanie.

What ply is double knitting wool?

Knitting Reference – Yarn Types
Australia/UK US
1 ply lace weight
2 ply, 3ply baby, fingering
4 ply sport weight
8 ply, double knit, dk worsted weight

Can I use chunky wool instead of double knit?

You can double strand DK yarn and it should knit up to a chunky/bulky gauge. Though by the gauge, that chunky yarn sounds more like a worsted weight, aran weight at best.

Can you use Aran wool instead of double knit?


is it possible to change a aran pattern to double knit? If you hold 2 strands of DK together and knit them as one, it should be approximately equal to aran. It is possible and how easy it is depends on how complicated the pattern is. Also you have to figure out what gauge you get with the yarn you want to use.

What size needles for DK wool?

Yarn Weight UK Yarn Weight US Needle Size
DK Light Worsted 4-5mm
Aran Worsted 4.5-6mm
Chunky Bulky 5-8mm
Super Chunky Super Bulky 8-12mm

What weight is double knitting yarn?

Yarn Weight (Thickness)
Yarn Weight US Needle Size Knitting Stitches Per Inch, in Stockinette Stitch
Fine or sport-weight 3–6 5–6
Light worsted or DK (double-knitting) 5–7 5–5 1/2
Medium- or worsted-weight, afghan, Aran 7–9 4–5
Bulky or chunky 10–11 3–3 1/2

Can you knit an Aran pattern with chunky wool?

Aran and Chunky. These thicker yarns are good for outdoor use and quicker knitting. For Chunky, using 6mm needles, you will get 14 sts and 18 rows to a 10cm/4" square and the WPI will be around 8 for woollen spun yarn.

What is double knitting yarn?

Double knitting yarn, or DK, is a yarn weight slightly less than worsted but more than sport. DK (double-knitting) yarn can be used for almost any kind of garment or accessory. Usually knitted on 4mm needles (always check though!), DK knits up a little quicker than 4 ply yarn.

What is the difference between Aran and DK yarn?


Aran yarns are also called "medium yarns". They are thicker than the DK yarns and are often stronger and more rigid. If you need a heavier yarn that looks kind of delicate, you could use Aran. Sometimes this term gets mixed up with the original Aran sweaters.

What does double knitting mean?

Definition of double knit. : a knitted fabric (such as wool) made with a double set of needles to produce a double thickness of fabric with each thickness joined by interlocking stitches also : an article of clothing made of such fabric.

Is DK yarn 4 ply?

Four-ply yarn is lightweight (also known as DK or double knitting yarn) Aran yarn is not usually specified by ply, but this means worsted or medium-weight yarn.