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Old 07-10-2006, 02:34 AM   #1
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Beginning knitter's probably dumb yarn question. . .
Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to say I am a month-long self-taught knitter that learned through this site. I have read the forums and found answers to many of my beginner questions. But I have one that I can't seem to find an answer to. . .

I found a pattern for a baby blanket that I would like to make for my niece or nephew that will be arriving in November. The pattern is very simple, but here it what it calls for:

Yarn: Seven balls of double knit yarn (approximately 1,050 yards)
Knitting needles: 4.50 mm/ 7 US OR SIZE TO OBTAIN TENSION
Tension: 1" = 5 stitches using garter stitch.

What is double knit yarn?? I think I looked at every kind of yarn today and still can't figure it out!! Is this a type? Brand? Am I missing something? Or am I lacking more sleep than I think??

Please help! Thank you!

PS-I can post pictures of my small completed projects, but my camera is mad at me right now.
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Old 07-10-2006, 02:58 AM   #2
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Double Knit is also and more commonly called DK weight. It's a light worsted. Here is a guide to give you some idea.

Standard Yarn Weight System

Most yarns have the symbol shown on the yarn guide and it will also give you the recommended needle size for the project. That info should be on your pattern, too and I'd follow it unless you use a different yarn weight.

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Old 07-10-2006, 09:23 AM   #3
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Thank you so much for posting that link!! I had lots of questions about yarns, too!! I had no idea that worseted weight is the same as aran weight.... I thought aran was something more special than that...

I have definately bookmarked that link!! Thank you!

Thanks, Jjminarcik, for asking that "dumb" question that I also had!! :D :D
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Old 07-10-2006, 09:33 AM   #4
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It took me a long time to figure out what DK weight yarn was, also, so remember that if you have a question, somebody else had the same question at one time, too--no dumb questions, in other words.
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