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Old 03-08-2007, 10:31 AM   #1
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I have a question about double knit
I have a pattern for some beautiful slippers that call for double knitting. Now do I HAVE to use dn yarn weight or can I use a heavier weight yarn and NOT double knit? Thank you for any help!
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Old 03-08-2007, 10:36 AM   #2
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Are you talking about double-knitting as a method to create two layers of fabric? In that case, you can use any yarn you want! For some reason (and I understand this is common), your tension can come out a bit looser when double-knitting so you may find that you need slightly smaller needles than you usually would when doing regular knitting.

If you're talking about double knitting yarn -- as in, a yarn of a certain weight somewhere between fingering and worsted ("DK weight")-- sure you can use a heavier yarn, but you'll have to adjust your pattern to accommodate the different gauge.
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I'm not sure!
Gee, you have asked me a good question. Here is what the directions say for the slippers..

Materials: For women's size: Double knitting (DK) pure new wool, 1 3/4 oz balls.

Just by reading that I still can't tell if its the yarn or the method. What do you think? The slippers do not look thick. Looks more like a worsted weight yarn to me..but I really can't tell.

The book is Knit handmade style by Janine Flew. There are beautiful blue and white slippers in this book and thats the reason why I recently purchased tthe book.

If you see the link below and click on the picture of the book they even show the pretty slippers there in blue and white.

http://www.knitpicks.com/books/itemi...books_display#
Thanks again for any clarification you can give me.
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It's DK wool not double knitting.
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Old 03-08-2007, 12:28 PM   #5
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Thank you!!
Thanks so much!! I'm still learning.
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Originally Posted by Boogs
It's DK wool not double knitting.
Yup. Unless you have your mind set on a different yarn, look for a DK weight yarn. It'll be a little lighter than worsted.
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Old 03-08-2007, 12:31 PM   #7
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I have no answer to your question but I love many items in the book! I just ordered it. Thanks for posting!
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Re: Thank you!!
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Thanks so much!! I'm still learning.
You're welcome!
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