Light Berroco Yarn

February 10, 2009 by  
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If a knitting pattern calls for DK weight yarn, can I use worsted weight?

There's little choices in DK yarn...I've looked at knitpicks and using their merino wool, it comes out to about $40 (14 balls).
But there's more variety in worsted weight.
My pattern is for a lace/cabled cardigan from Creative Knitting (March 2010 issue).
Thank you!

There is a lot of variety in DK or "light worsted" as well. Yarns that are put up using the 7-category scale for yarn size and stitch gauge would have DK or light worsted in the Category 3 group. Some sport yarns are in that group as well. Look for the "Category 3" weight marker on the ball band or look for yarns knitting to a gauge of 21 to 24 stitches in 4" on 3.75 mm to 4.5 mm needles (US 5 to 7).

The real issue is whether or not you can get gauge and produce a fabric in that pattern in that gauge that you like for that cardigan. DK or "light worsted" yarns are more likely to give you the fabric you want than are worsted weight (Category 4) yarns, which typically knit to 16 to 20 stitches per 4" on 4.5 mm to 5.5 mm needles (US 7 to 9).

You didn't say which KnitPicks merino DK yarn, so I assume you're looking at Merino Style at $2.79 for a 50 g ball containing 123 yards, which knits up to about 22 sts per 4," and 14 balls equal 1722 yards. That's a nice yarn for the money and should give good stitch definition for a lace/cable pattern.

It's hard to beat Cascade yarns for value. Cascade 220 Sport might work for you. It comes in a huge array of colors ( ). At 164 yards per 50 g ball, it would take 10.5 balls to equal 1722 yards. If you don't need the full 1722 yards, 10 balls equals 1640 yards and comes in 10-ball packs for about $39. Here's one seller:

You might also like Brown Sheep Company's "Top of the Lamb Single Ply Sport" (24 sts = 4" on US 5 needles, 50 g = 154 yds, 1722 yards requires 12 balls at about $60) or "Lamb's Pride Superwash Sport" (24 sts = 4" on US 5 needles, 50 g = 180 yds, 1722 yards requires 10 balls at about $50) or "Top of the Lamb Sport" (24 sts = 4" on US 5 needles, 113 g = 350 yds, 1722 yards requires 5 balls at about $38).

If you can use a blended yarn, Plymouth Encore DK (75% acrylic, 25% wool): 22 sts = 4" on US 6 needles, 50 g = 150 yds, 1722 yards requires 12 balls at about $39. I'm using that yarn for socks right now, and I really like it. YMMV.

If you can use one that's all synthetic, Berroco's Comfort DK (50% nylon, 50% acrylic) might work. It comes in a huge color range. 50 g = 178 yards. 1722 yards requires 10 balls at about $32.50.


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