Double Knitting yarns

Double Knitting yarns

Double knitting wool is probably our most popular yarn and we now have over 70 in the range, including woollen and worsted as well as over-dyed versions. They are normally in 50g balls, unless otherwise described on the Details tab on each individual product page. We maintain stocks of most breeds but if you do not see what you want, contact us and you can wait until we re-make if it's termporarily out of stock.

DK knits up reasonably quickly without making things too bulky. It suits nearly everyone and can work just as well for kids’ clothes as for men and women. If knitted double, the two strands together will make a good chunky and allow you to mix colours too!

See the options for choosing by breed, colour or yarn style in the panel on the right. Some of the leaner, smoother yarns like alpaca, Wensleydale or the worsted spun Gotland and Jacob/mohair will make finer styles, while a fluffy pure Shetland or Jacob will give slightly thicker results.

If you are thinking about blending colours, it's best to stick to a mix within a breed, as the tension does vary slightly, also with blends, mainly due to differing elasticity. At present we have 3 shades of pure alpaca or 6 shades in pure Shetland and 6 variations of Jacob/mohair blend as well as 6 in pure Jacob, 4 in Gotland, and 2 in North Ronaldsay.

Most of our patterns are in double knitting. For chunkier results some patterns use two strands doubled and you can use a single colour or mix two to make a marl-style result.

Normally each 50 gram ball of Double Knitting yarn will be around 110 metres (119 yards) long, but this varies from breed to breed, so to be on the safe side you should work on plus or minus 10%. See our information sheets and download the one on ball yardages.

TENSION/GAUGE: to be sure of tension, you should always knit a sample tension swatch. Generally the knitter is one variable but the pattern is another, depending on the intentions of the designer! As a guideline: for our woollen spun DK, on 4mm/US 6, UK 8 needles, you will get around 20 sts and 28 rows to a 10cm/4" square. For worsted spun you will get 20 sts but probably only around 25 rows as worsted spun yarns are less elastic. The WPI is usually 11 in woollen and 15 in worsted spun yarns.

Shop By

Specification
  1. 89 DK
Organic
  1. 1 non organic
  2. 4 organic
Colour range
  1. 32 pale
  2. 43 mid
  3. 17 dark
Handle/feel
  1. 61 soft
  2. 27 medium-soft
  3. 1 firm
Colour
  1. 1 balsam bog olive (dyed)
  2. 1 black
  3. 2 black (dyed)
  4. 2 blue (dyed)
  5. 1 brown, grey and white
  6. 5 cream
  7. 3 dark brown
  8. 3 dark grey
  9. 1 earth brown (dyed)
  10. 6 Fawn
  11. 1 fawn and brown
  12. 1 fawn and grey
  13. 1 fawn and white
  14. 1 gorse gold (dyed)
  15. 1 green (dyed)
  16. 4 Grey
  17. 1 grey (dyed)
  18. 1 grey and white
  19. 1 grey, grey and brown
  20. 1 hawkweed orange (dyed)
  21. 1 lavender purple (dyed)
  22. 5 Mid brown
  23. 9 mid grey
  24. 1 mushroom
  25. 2 Navy (dyed)
  26. 3 olive (dyed)
  27. 1 orange (dyed)
  28. 1 pale blue (dyed)
  29. 1 pale grey
  30. 1 pale lavender (dyed)
  31. 1 pale maiden ivory
  32. 2 pink (dyed)
  33. 1 plum (dyed)
  34. 4 purple (dyed)
  35. 1 red (dyed)
  36. 1 rich brown
  37. 1 sand fawn
  38. 1 sea foam pale blue (dyed)
  39. 1 seagreen turquoise (dyed)
  40. 2 silver grey
  41. 1 sky grey blue (dyed)
  42. 1 slate (dyed)
  43. 1 slate blue (dyed)
  44. 1 sorrel oxblood red (dyed)
  45. 1 summer sea turquoise (dyed)
  46. 1 sunset pink (dyed)
  47. 1 teaberry dusty pink (dyed)
  48. 4 turquoise (dyed)
  49. 1 tussac green (dyed)
  50. 1 very dark brown
  51. 1 very dark brown (dyed)
  52. 4 Very dark brown/black
  53. 18 white
  54. 1 white, fawn and brown
  55. 1 whitegrass pale green (dyed)
Breed
  1. 10 Alpaca
  2. 5 Alpaca/Blue-faced Leicester
  3. 5 Alpaca/Tussah Silk
  4. 1 Black Welsh Mountain
  5. 2 Blue-faced Leicester
  6. 1 Castlemilk Moorit
  7. 1 Corriedale/Hebridean
  8. 1 Cotswold
  9. 4 English Merino
  10. 2 Falkland Island Corriedale
  11. 4 Falkland Island Merino
  12. 5 Gotland
  13. 1 Hebridean
  14. 1 Hebridean/Manx
  15. 4 Hebridean/mohair
  16. 5 Jacob
  17. 4 Jacob/mohair
  18. 1 Leicester Longwool
  19. 1 Lleyn/Blue-faced Leicester
  20. 1 Manx Loaghtan
  21. 1 Manx/mohair
  22. 2 North Ronaldsay
  23. 2 Ryeland
  24. 11 Shetland
  25. 1 Southdown
  26. 4 Teeswater
  27. 2 Welsh Mule
  28. 7 Wensleydale
Fibre
  1. 57 fine
  2. 29 medium
  3. 3 strong
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 10

Items 1 - 9 of 89 total

Reverse sort direction
Highfield Pure Shetland White DK Knitting Yarn

Highfield Pure Shetland White DK Knitting Yarn

£12.00
Pure Corriedale with Flax DK knitting yarn

Pure Corriedale with Flax DK knitting yarn

£7.00
Pure Dark Wensleydale worsted spun DK knitting yarn

Pure Dark Wensleydale worsted spun DK knitting yarn

£7.50
Pure Southdown DK knitting yarn

Pure Southdown DK knitting yarn

£7.00
Pure Shetland Katmogit DK knitting yarn

Pure Shetland Katmogit DK knitting yarn

£7.00
Manx/Mohair DK knitting yarn ball

Manx/Mohair DK knitting yarn

£7.00
Pure Corriedale with Flax worsted DK knitting yarn

Pure Corriedale with Flax worsted DK knitting yarn

£7.00
Pure White Ryeland DK knitting yarn

Pure White Ryeland DK knitting yarn

£6.50
Pure Wensleydale  DK knitting yarn ball

Pure Wensleydale DK knitting yarn

£7.00
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 10

Items 1 - 9 of 89 total

Reverse sort direction