Editor’s Inspiration: DK weight yarn!
Merion love to crochet with all weights of yarn, but finds herself falling back in love with DK…
Do you find that you go through phases when you adore different weights of yarn? I’m going through a DK phase at the moment, and totally in love with lighter weight yarn! Last year I was Mrs 4ply, and then I went through a very passionate aran/worsted phase – but lately, it’s all about DK.
It began with a sudden urge to make a Japanese flower scarf – I have long admired Attic 24’s beautiful shawl/wrap/scarf and everything in my stash was frankly a bit too chunky, so I had to order some DK yarn. Tough eh?
Lucy’s scarf is crocheted in Debbie Bliss Andes, which is no longer available, so I needed to find a DK yarn that had the sort of shades I fancied – obviously, this is a scarf you can customise to your heart’s content!
Debbie Bliss Rialto DK is a sumptuous merino wool that comes in over 50 shades – perfect for a soft and cosy scarf for the winter, in such stunning colours that I want to gather up the whole collection in my arms and fall on to the sofa singing with it. You get the picture. Slightly muted, slightly nostalgic – delicious.
Beautiful Berroco Vintage is a fabulous wool and acrylic blend, and the whopping 87 shades provide a huge palette to choose from, and this is a gorgeous yarn for crochet because it’s washable, hence perfect for blankets. It is classed as an aran weight yarn, but I’ve used it, and it’s much more of a DK. The suggested hook size is 4.5-5mm but I’d be happy with a 4mm here.
I swoon everytime I look at Cascade Ultra Pima at the moment – partly because of the deliciously soft cotton feel, but mostly because of the glorious rainbow of colours in the range. It crochets happily as a DK and doesn’t split, and for a summer shawl, this would make a stunning Japanese flower scarf!
For the delicious muted shades that are echoed in Lucy’s scarf, I just adore Rooster Almerino DK. I used this yarn recently, and I was absolutely struck with its wearability; it’s a fine twist, not too tight, but it’s light through the fingers and the merino wool brings some bounce to the super soft alpaca content. This is not a yarn confined to winter – it brings the breathable lightness that natural fibre is famous for, in nostalgic shades like Strawberry Cream, Custard and Gooseberry!
DK weight yarn is perfect for the warmer months, it creates a fabric that is comfortable to wear without bulk. In the winter, DK yarns provide necessary layers, but during warm weather when you might just need something to keep the breeze off, it brings cover-up qualities and comfort around the shoulders.
Japanese flowers how-to…
So how do we make Japanese flowers? Revlie has a super tutorial that shows each round of crochet per flower.
Another lovely tutorial, this time from My Crafty Little Moments shows how to join your flowers together, using the join-as-you-go-method.
Making a Japanese flower scarf is like making a recipe your own. You can use any weight yarn, and make any shape flowers, joining them together into a shawl of the right length and depth. You can design your own flowers, you can choose your own colour scheme and yarn – and even try some added silk for drape – I love Sublime Cotton Silk DK for crochet.
Three cheers for DK yarn! I’ll be getting started with my Japanese flower scarf this week – watch this space!
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The feature image crochet flowers are by Grace Ann.