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.

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Specification
  1. 105 DK
  2. 2 mixed weights for kit
  3. 1 Sport
Organic
  1. 4 non organic
  2. 8 organic
Colour range
  1. 38 pale
  2. 54 mid
  3. 22 dark
Handle/feel
  1. 68 soft
  2. 38 medium-soft
  3. 2 firm
Colour
  1. 1 black
  2. 4 black (dyed)
  3. 1 blue (dyed)
  4. 5 blue deep (dyed)
  5. 2 blue pale (dyed)
  6. 1 blue tweeded (dyed)
  7. 2 brown
  8. 1 brown (dyed)
  9. 1 brown ginger (dyed)
  10. 1 brown pale
  11. 1 brown very dark
  12. 1 brown very dark (dyed)
  13. 4 cream
  14. 8 fawn
  15. 2 fawn (dyed)
  16. 1 gold (dyed)
  17. 3 green (dyed)
  18. 1 green jade (dyed)
  19. 1 green pale (dyed)
  20. 14 grey
  21. 3 grey (dyed)
  22. 6 grey dark
  23. 1 grey dark (dyed)
  24. 4 grey pale
  25. 1 grey tweeded
  26. 1 ivory
  27. 1 lavender (dyed)
  28. 1 marl brown, grey and white
  29. 1 marl fawn and brown
  30. 1 marl fawn and white
  31. 1 marl grey and brown
  32. 1 marl white and grey
  33. 1 marl white, fawn and brown
  34. 1 marl white, grey and fawn
  35. 1 mushroom
  36. 3 navy (dyed)
  37. 5 olive (dyed)
  38. 1 olive tweeded (dyed)
  39. 2 orange (dyed)
  40. 3 pink deep (dyed)
  41. 2 pink dusty (dyed)
  42. 2 pink pale (dyed)
  43. 3 plum (dyed)
  44. 5 purple (dyed)
  45. 1 purple tweeded (dyed)
  46. 4 red (dyed)
  47. 1 red deep (dyed)
  48. 2 red oxblood (dyed)
  49. 1 slate blue-grey (dyed)
  50. 5 turquoise (dyed)
  51. 2 turquoise deep (dyed)
  52. 24 white
Breed
  1. 10 Alpaca
  2. 5 Alpaca/Blue-faced Leicester
  3. 5 Alpaca/Tussah Silk
  4. 1 Black Welsh Mountain
  5. 1 Blue-faced Leicester
  6. 1 British wool with Blue-faced Leicester
  7. 1 Castlemilk Moorit
  8. 1 Corriedale/alpaca
  9. 1 Corriedale/Hebridean
  10. 1 Cotswold
  11. 4 English Merino
  12. 2 Falkland Island Corriedale
  13. 4 Falkland Island Merino
  14. 5 Gotland
  15. 1 Hebridean/Manx
  16. 4 Hebridean/mohair
  17. 5 Jacob
  18. 6 Jacob/mohair
  19. 1 Leicester Longwool
  20. 1 Llanwenog
  21. 1 Manx Loaghtan
  22. 1 Manx/mohair
  23. 2 Mohair
  24. 3 North Ronaldsay
  25. 1 Patagonian Merino superfine
  26. 3 Portland
  27. 2 Ryeland
  28. 11 Shetland
  29. 1 Southdown
  30. 4 Teeswater
  31. 3 Welsh Mule
  32. 9 Wensleydale
  33. 4 Westcountry
  34. 1 Zwartbles
Fibre
  1. 64 fine
  2. 39 medium
  3. 5 strong
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Highfield Pure Shetland Black DK Knitting Yarn

Highfield Pure Shetland Black DK Knitting Yarn

£12.00
Manx/Mohair DK knitting yarn ball

Manx/Mohair DK knitting yarn

£6.00
Pure Shetland Katmogit DK knitting yarn

Pure Shetland Katmogit DK knitting yarn

£6.00
Pure Southdown DK knitting yarn

Pure Southdown DK knitting yarn

£5.00
Pure Dark Wensleydale worsted spun DK knitting yarn

Pure Dark Wensleydale worsted spun DK knitting yarn

£5.50
Pure Corriedale with Flax DK knitting yarn

Pure Corriedale with Flax DK knitting yarn

£5.50
Pure Wensleydale  DK knitting yarn ball

Pure Wensleydale DK knitting yarn

£5.50
Pure Teeswater DK worsted knitting yarn ball

Pure Teeswater DK worsted knitting yarn

£6.00
Hebridean/Mohair Olive over-dyed DK knitting yarn ball

Hebridean/Mohair Olive over-dyed DK Knitting Yarn

£6.00
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