What is aran yarn and what is DK yarn?

In the land of wool and yarn there are a lot of crochet and knitting terms that sound familiar. Yet there are still some things that generate questions. Some people asked us: what does the indication DK mean and what is Aran yarn? Yarnplaza.com explains it to you!

Ever heard of Style Craft Special DK or Rico Essentials Merino DK? Or what about Cotton Aran and Baby Teddy Aran? 'Aran' and 'DK' are not the only terms used in naming threads, there is also Bulky, Lace, Sport and many more. They do not necessarily relate to the name of the yarn, because you will also find these terms in patterns to describe what yarn is best to use. These standard terms say something about the weight of the yarn and which needle size is recommended when working with a particular thread.

What is DK yarn?

Recommended knitting needle size: 4 - 4.5 mm
Recommended needle size hooks: 4.5 - 5.5 mm

DK (Double Knit) is a light yarn, for example of 50 grams. DK yarns are thinner than Aran yarns and are often used for projects that require lightweight yarns, such as a summer sweater, cap, accessories or children's clothing.

What is Aran yarn?

Recommended knitting needle size: 4.5 - 5.5
Recommended needle size hooks: 5.5 - 6.5 mm

Aran yarns are also called "medium yarns". They are thicker than the DK yarns and are often stronger and more rigid. If you need a heavier yarn that looks kind of delicate, you could use Aran. Sometimes this term gets mixed up with the original Aran sweaters. These so called cable knit sweaters owe their name to the Aran Islands in Ireland and have nothing to do with standard weight of wool. But you can, of course, knit a beautiful cable sweater with Aran yarn! What are you waiting for?

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    i have a DK pattern but i want to use ARAN wool . would i knit a smaller size or 2 sizes smaller , because of the thicker yarn

    thanks kath

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  • Patricia Cullinane

    I bought wool and on the label it says Aran 200 shade 651 cannot get any more of it to finish my blanket what could i finish it with what would be the nearest to it please.

    • Hi Patricia, This is a tricky one because you want the wool to match as closely to what you already have. Do you know what brand of wool you are using? And is it 100% wool or a fiber blend? If you can't get the original brand yarn you need to match not just the yarn weight and color but also the fiber content to get the most uniform result. - Amy, Team Yarnplaza

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