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Double Knitting

Double Knitting

Double knitting wool is probably our most popular yarn.  We have a large variety including woollen and worsted as well as over-dyed versions.  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 left. Some of the leaner, smoother yarns like Wensleydale, Gotland and Jacob/mohair or the worsted spun versions will make leaner styles, while a woollen spun yarns and those with short and fluffy fibres like pure Shetland or Ryeland will give bulkier results.

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 25 rows to a 10cm/4" square. For worsted spun you will get 20 sts but probably have to work around 28 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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  • Cornish Garden Sport weight limited edition Birthday yarn

    For our 14th Birthday, we have combined some soft fine and rare English Merinos with a few other special things. The yarn has 40% blended white and fawn Merino with Romney, plus 17% fawn and grey Shetland, 26% blue-faced Leicester and 17% recycled noils from our mill. The Merino and Shetland provide natural colour and the Shetland reduces the Merino/Romney bulk. Then the Blue-faced Leicester adds lustre to enhance the dye shades as well as reducing bulk further and adding drape. The noils add texture and interest to both natural and dyed shades and are more environmentally sustainable than ahimsa silk or bought-in nepps. The resulting yarn is a warm, pale fawn-grey, happy to take a complementary darker brown-grey and four bright dye shades for a cheerful birthday palette. The noils and fine fibre make for a machine spun yarn with a natural handle and a pleasing slightly uneven style. Learn More
  • Pure White Ryeland DK knitting yarn

    The rare Ryeland sheep are small and chubby and the nearest in appearance to a teddy bear!  They are mainly white with a few also coloured, so we can make white, dark and a blended natural shade.  The wool is medium soft and good for accessories and outer wear.

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  • Pure Blended Ryeland DK knitting yarn

    The rare Ryeland sheep are small and chubby and the nearest in appearance to a teddy bear!  They are mainly white with a few also coloured, so we can make white, dark and a blended natural shade.  The wool is medium soft and good for accessories and outer wear.

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  • Pure Coloured Ryeland DK knitting yarn

    The rare Ryeland sheep are small and chubby and the nearest in appearance to a teddy bear!  They are mainly white with a few also coloured, so we can make white, dark and a blended natural shade.  The wool is medium soft and good for accessories and outer wear.

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  • Pure Gotland Dawn DK pale pink knitting yarn

    Gotland sheep produce very fine and particularly warm wool in shades from silver to charcoal.  The yarn is remarkably light when made up, has a wonderful lustre and takes dye beautifully.  Founder of the company, Sue Blacker, owns a flock of Gotland sheep and every batch of our Gotland yarn includes a small amount from Sue’s Cornish flock.  Gotland sheep - like the fibre - are rather special!  Sue believes that they are “an extremely intelligent sheep, with a sense of humour and mischief.”

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  • Pure Shetland with Jacob DK undyed knitting yarn

    Shetland fleece can be the finest of British breed wools and we select the finest we can find, so these yarns are particularly soft.  We are just as picky about the Jacob fleeces we use.  While Jacob is not quite as fine and soft as Shetland, it has great bulk, a little lustre in the white wool and a stronger colour.  So blending together makes for a really cosy and unusual yarn, here in a limited edition in DK and 4-ply. 

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  • Blacker Swan Falklands Merino Blend DK knitting yarn

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    Blacker Swan, launched in 2012, is based on a partnership started between Blacker Yarns and Andrez and Ali Short from Swan Inlet Farm on the Falkland Islands.  Andrez and Ali have now retired and their last clip is in production.   They have handed on the flock to Mike and Donna Evans at Spring Point Farm.  Like the Shorts, the Evans will shear these specialist Dohne merino dual purpose sheep, sort and grade the fleeces and send them by ship to the UK, where we turn the fine white fleeces into luxurious worsted spun single flock yarns.

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  • Tamar Lustre Blend DK yarn

    Our beautiful semi-worsted lustre yarn is spun from the fleeces of fine British rare breeds, including Teeswater, Wensleydale and Leicester Longwool.  The natural grey of the Leicester Longwool makes asubtle base shade in silvery mid grey.  To give some body and bulk, we base the lustre fibres on a grounding of 30% Cornish Mule, which also has lustre as well as additional softness.

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  • Lyonesse DK yarn

    This special 50/50 blend of natural linen and soft white Falkland Island Corriedale/Merino wool is worsted spun for a soft, smooth finish.  The wool adds presence and memory to the yarn, while the linen contributes crispness and strength. The combination creates a light yarn with good stitch definition, which will retain its block wonderfully.

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  • Westcountry Tweed DK

    This range comes in natural grey and seven heathered shades to reflect the moorland landscapes of the Westcountry. The coloured neps are selected for each shade, so the effect is very subtle, just showing an occasional glint amongst the heather! 

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  • Pure Gotland DK knitting yarns

    Gotland sheep produce very fine and particularly warm wool in shades from silver to charcoal.  The yarn is remarkably light when made up, has a wonderful lustre and takes dye beautifully.  Founder of the company, Sue Blacker, owns a flock of Gotland sheep and every batch of our Gotland yarn includes a small amount from Sue’s Cornish flock.  Gotland sheep - like the fibre - are rather special!  Sue believes that they are “an extremely intelligent sheep, with a sense of humour and mischief.”

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  • Pure Castlemilk Moorit DK knitting yarn

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    The very rare Castlemilk Moorit sheep was a breed specially created from crossing Manx Loagthan and Shetland sheep to make a small parkland sheep for the Castlemilk estate.  After almost dying out, the remainder of the flock was rescued by Joe Henson and revived at the Cotswold Farm Park.  Their wool is short and brown and makes an amazingly plushy and bulky brown yarn, ideal for outer wear and accessories.

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  • Pure Shetland DK knitting yarns

    Shetland fleece can be the finest of British breed wools and we select the finest we can find, so these yarns are particularly soft.

    Shetlands also come in many natural colours and we blend to produce six basic slightly heathered shades in 4-ply and Double Knitting weights. Learn More

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