Everything You Need To Know: Lace Weight Silk Yarn - Darn Good Yarn

Everything You Need To Know: Lace Weight Silk Yarn

Written by Kate Curry

What Is Lace Weight Silk Yarn

Lace Weight Silk Yarn is a yarn that has a thickness that achieves around 8 stitches per inch when knit or crocheted. Many people think that the ‘lace’ in the name comes from this type of yarn being used to make gorgeous lacy pieces, but it actually refers to the thin, lace-like thickness.

Also known as fingering weight and cobweb, lace weight yarn is versatile and can be used for a variety of fiber art practices. Lace weight creates a thin and soft fabric that has been historically used for detailing and small, intricate works instead of large pieces that would take ages due to the thinness of the yarn.

A hand with pink painted nails is holding a skein of grey and rainbow lace weight yarn. On the table, a pile of loose grey, blue, and rainbow lace weight yarn is waiting to be used.
Peek-a-Boo Lace Weight Silk Yarn

How Is It Made?

Our Lace Weight Silk Yarn is made from reclaimed and recycled silk, which means that this yarn is great for keeping you warm in the winter and breathable and comfortable in the summer. This makes silk lace weight pieces perfect for layering!

Our artisans hand make lace weight silk yarn first by reclaiming fabric that is made from silk. These fabrics are made using silk from silkworms, which are harvested. In India, the majority of silk making is done using the ahimsa method. This is also known as peace silk, since this cruelty-free method is done without harming the silk worms. With these silk fibers, sometimes combined with other textiles like chiffon or cotton, saris are woven using looms.

When silk clothing items are donated, reclaimed, or recycled, our artisans tear, spin, dye, and skein up all of our gorgeous colorways of lace weight silk yarn. If you’re a member of our Yarn of the Month® Club, you have for sure seen a lovely skein or two of unique lace weight silk yarn!

Tips & Tricks

Ball it! In my experience, to work with this yarn, you will need to ball or cake the yarn using a swift and baller. Due to the yarn’s thickness, it can easily tangle and it can become very frustrating very quickly. Put the work in winding so you don’t get mad later! It’s 1000% worth it.

On a light wooden table, a wreath made of greens and yellow flowers are resting to the right of a gorgeous blue fiber art piece. Beneath the wreath is a ball of working yarn
Lace Weight Silk Yarn in Tidal Pool

If you love a lace weight colorway, but you find yourself struggling with the thinness, you can always combine a few different lace weight skeins together, combine it with a worsted weight yarn, or even use our ‘chonking’ method to make the yarn a little thicker if you need that extra weight.

Yarn Specs

  • Length: 300 yards
  • Yarn Weight: 0 - Lace/Fingering, 50g
  • Yarn Material: Recycled Silk
  • Needle Size: 000-1 (1.5 - 2.25mm)
  • Hook Size: B - 1 (2.25mm)
  • Gauge: K 33-40 sts/4", Double C 28-32 sts/4"
  • Physical Quality: Soft and Silky!
  • How to clean: Dry Clean
  • Best for: Knitting, Crocheting, Needlepoint, Embroidery, Tatting, Weaving - Check out our Lace Weight Silk Shawl Kit and Silk Waves Crochet Shawl Kit


  • Delicate
  • A ton of yardage
  • Light and airy
  • Perfect for detailing
  • Great for all temperatures
  • Silk is ultra strong and durable - so it’s very rare to break


  • Tangles easily
  • Larger projects take a long time to work up
  • Most patterns are very complex
  • Not the best for beginners

What Can I Make With Lace Weight Silk Yarn?

A crystal ball made of light smoky purple and black yarn is resting on a wooden table in the sun. Behind the ball are a few different types of green, lush plants.
Crystal Ball Amigurumi
    • Market bags
    • Dusters & outerwear
On a grey mannequin against a warm wooden wall is wearing a lacy light blue open duster made from lace weight silk yarn.
Openwork Duster Kit
    • Scarves
A chevron patterned mannequin is wearing a green and purple scarf around it's neck.
Shells on the Shoreline Silk Scarf
    • Hats
    • Applique
On a weathered wooden table, three thin bobbins of lace weight silk yarn are resting to the top left of the table. Beneath the bobbins are flowers made out of the same thin and lacy yarn.
    • Earrings
Earrings made out of red, green, and white sparkle lace weight yarn are hanging off a hemp sheet.
Christmas Tree Earrings


Meet the Author

Profile picture of the author, Kate Curry, wearing a dark red Nanda Poncho sitting on concrete stairs in front of brick wall.

Kate has been on the Darn Good Yarn team since 2018.

They have their degree in Creative Art Therapy & Psychology - and like crafting and animals a little too much.