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Old 11-24-2008, 11:26 AM   #1
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Yarn weight
This may be a common sense question -- however, when a yarn's weight states "double knit" does that mean that you knit with two strands? I'm looking to knit a scarf with two yarns. I'm thinking of combining baby alpaca (because I absolutely love it's softness) with a very fine angora. I would think a lightweight angora would lend some luxury to the aplaca while helping bulk up the scarf just a bit. My goal is to knit something incredibly soft and warm. I really want the feel of angora, but not all that fuzziness (or expense). I thought if I stuck to just one thin strand of angora it might be what I'm looking for. I know I would still end up with a little fuzziness, yet maybe just enough to make the scarf unique. Does this sound workable to you veteran knitters??
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:45 AM   #2
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You can knit it with 1 strand. It got it's name from being the same weight as 2 strands of fingering/sock yarn held together. You can knit with 2 strands of it and it will be about bulky weight. Fuzzy yarn is often knit with larger needles than you'd think because the fuzz fills in the smpaces. Basically, you're going to have to end up knitting a sample to see how it will work out.
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:53 AM   #3
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This is from KnitWitts,
"The most commonly misunderstood weight of yarn is DK. Not, double strands of yarn but a weight of yarn that falls in between sport and worsted. This weight comes to us from Europe and has a classic gauge of 5.5 sts=1" on US 6. Many yarns imported from Europe have this gauge and are now available on the American market. A true sport weight uses needle sizes between US 3 and 5 with an average gauge of 6 sts=1". Sport weight yarns are used for lighter weight garments including fair Isle work, babies and children’s garments and heavier socks"
http://www.knitwitts.com/category/Yarn/c22

And Sue posted this link http://yarnforward.com/tension.html to help me understand (confuse me further)how to figure out yarns.
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Old 11-24-2008, 03:08 PM   #4
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It's a yarn weight and is also known as light worsted.
http://www.yarnstandards.com/weight.html
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