These free crochet patterns using lightweight yarn give you a full range of projects in Stylecraft Special DK yarn or any other DK weight.
DK yarn, or “Double Knitting” yarn, is a great weight for crocheting. You can make garments like sweaters or tank tops. It also makes beautiful, lightweight blankets for warmer seasons or climates.
If you’re a process crocheter, you’ll find that using a lighter weight yarn gives much more bang for the buck. You can happily be crocheting an entire day with one skein unlike a heavier weight yarn that is started and gone in only a couple of hours.
How many times have you started a chunky weight project only to look down and realize that you’ve used it all up in what seems like record time?
Lightweight Baby Projects
If you’re a fan of baby projects, size 3 DK weight yarn is perfect. You’ll get a free crochet pattern in lightweight project that allows the baby to move easily without looking like the movements are restricted.
And, just think of all the baby dresses you can make! I love making baby dresses and I have several planned already which I hope to add to the website this summer.
What Is A Ply?
Here in the United States, a ply refers to the number of strands wound together to make the strand of yarn. Many people are familiar with Red Heart Super Saver being 4-ply, which means that there are 4 strands wound together to make the one main strand.
In Australia and the United Kingdom, among some other countries, their yarn weight system is based on ply. DK weight yarn is considered 8-ply, although it doesn’t mean there are 8 individual plies, like it does in the United States.
Stylecraft Special DK Weight Yarn
My favorite basic DK weight acrylic yarn is Stylecraft Special DK. One 100g skein for about $4-5 goes a long way for me. In the US, the yarn is called a size 3 weight, but can also be called DK or 8-ply in other countries. I’ve also seen it listed as a “light worsted”.
“Special Double Knit” is classified as a DK weight (size 3) yarn and is currently available in 100 shades.
Available at LoveCrafts (aff link). If you’re in the US, look up at the top right to switch to US Dollars. I’ve purchased from them for years and love the selection.
Here are some great choices that you can crochet with DK yarn.
One Skein, $4
If you only have one skein of DK yarn, here are the projects for you.
Two Skeins, $8
When you have only two skeins, you can make scarves or other projects with two colors.
Three Skeins, $12
With three skeins, you can make bigger projects like lacy shawls or projects in multiple colors.
More Than Three Skeins
Larger projects like lightweight blankets and more complex shawls.
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