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40 Free DK Weight Knitting Patterns

These knitting patterns for DK/light worsted weight yarn are just what you need to help clean out that yarn stash!

Updated December 28, 2022
Free DK Weight Knitting Patterns

If you're new to knitting, DK or light worsted weight yarn is probably some of the first yarn that you will work with. (Side Note: You might also know this yarn as "double knit" or weight 3 yarn.) While this yarn is on the lighter side for beginners, there's a reason it's so popular -- it's super easy to work with!

The other great benefit to working with DK yarn is that it has great stitch definition. Bulkier yarns tend to show less detail and are often create fabrics that are less elegant. Light worsted yarn, on the other hand, is right in that sweet spot of "easy to work with" and "beautiful stitch definition."

Browse these stunning patterns below for your next DK weight yarn project!

Plus: Check out our Guide to Yarn Weights
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DK Weight Hat Patterns

Most hat patterns that you come across in knitting are made with worsted or bulky weight yarns. While those patterns are more common, these light worsted/DK weight hat patterns are great for showing off slightly more intricate patterns without sacrificing warmth.

DK Weight Sweater Patterns

DK weight yarn is practically made for sweater patterns. These designs will feel simply heavenly, and the light worsted weight of the yarn will give you a finished garment that has that classic knitwear look to it. Give these patterns a try and let us know in the comments how yours turned out.

DK Weight Scarf Patterns

Just finished your hat or sweater pattern from above? These DK weight scarf patterns make great matching accessories. While many scarves are designed to be bulky and cumbersome, light worsted weight yarn is perfect for sweaters that help you stay cozy when the weather starts to get a little chillier in the fall.

DK Weight Afghan and Blanket Patterns

While you might think that having a blanket made from bulky or super bulky yarns would be ideal, they can often become too hot. When it comes down to it, DK weight yarns are great for blankets and afghans, and they're just as cozy as those made from their bulky counterparts.

DK Weight Mitten Patterns

Mitten patterns are pretty common for DK/light worsted yarns. This weight of yarn lends itself well to the types of colorwork that are often used in mittens, and it's still light enough that your mittens won't be too clunky or awkward to wear.

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