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January 26, 2022
|Project||Yarn in metres|
|ProjectHat||Yarn in metres180 - 230|
|ProjectScarf||Yarn in metres340 - 450|
|ProjectSocks||Yarn in metres250 - 360|
|ProjectShawl||Yarn in metres340 - 500|
|ProjectAdult jumper||Yarn in metres1000 - 1500|
|ProjectBaby blanket||Yarn in metres1000 - 1200|
|ProjectLarge blanket||Yarn in metres2700 - 3200|
When crocheting with DK yarn, you will generally want to use a hook size of 4.5 - 5.5 mm. However, this will vary according to the pattern that you're making. If you crochet with a larger hook, you'll create a lighter, airier fabric. This gives a lacy effect that can be very attractive in some patterns such as shawls. On the other hand, crocheting with a smaller hook gives a tighter fabric. This is ideal for making projects that require tight texture. For example, if you are crocheting a hat or a basket, it will need to stand up on its own, and should be made with a smaller hook.
Most projects written for DK yarn specify needles of 3.5 - 4.5 mm. The smaller the needles, the tighter the fabric; larger needles will create a looser fabric with a drapey effect. Before getting started, it's a good idea to knit a gauge swatch. This lets you see if you are knitting too loosely or tightly for the pattern; in this case, you'll want to change to a different needle size. This is less important if you're making an unfitted pattern like a scarf or blanket, but in the case of garments like jumpers or cardigans, it's essential.
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