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

Everything You Need To Know: Sport Weight Silk Yarn

Written by Kate Curry

What is Sport Weight Silk Yarn

Our best selling lace weight silk yarn grew up into a sport weight! Made from recycled silk, this yarn is full of colorful dimensions, creating a balance between fun and delicate! Soft and silky, this yarn is both handmade and hand-dyed by our amazing artisans in India.

An Indian girl is outside, taking care of yarn that is drying in the sun.
Artisans handmaking our Pride Collection Sport Weight Yarn

Made out of recycled silk, silk materials and fabrics are gathered, saved, and donated and are torn so they can be spun into the thin, silky, and soft sport weight yarn that you know and love. If you’re looking for a thin yarn that isn’t lace or thread thin, this would be the best yarn for you.

Tips & Tricks

Just like lace weight, you’re going to want to 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.

A skein of multicolored sport weight yarn - colorway holi
Our celebratory Holi seasonal colorway

I love to combine sport weight with lace weight to create thick silk yarn with gorgeous color combinations and twine! With a ton of lace weight options, you can mix and match with our sport weight silk yarn to create some stunning combos!

  • Length: 50g/200 yards
  • Yarn Weight: 2 - Sport
  • Yarn Material: Recycled Silk
  • Needle Size: US 3-5
  • Hook Size: US E-4 - 7
  • Physical Quality: Soft and Silky!
  • How to clean: Dry Clean
  • Best for: Knitting, Crocheting, Weaving, Mixed Media
A person wearing a grey, blue, and black plaid shirt is holding a skein of grey and white speckled sport weight silk yarn.
Some soothing Birch Bark colorway, only available during the fall/winter seasons


  • Thicker than lace weight, but not as thick as DK or worsted weight - the perfect medium
  • Super silky
  • Good amount of yardage
  • Flowy and airy for delicate projects
  • Great for detailing and edging


  • Not as many colorways as our lace weight or worsted weight options
  • Can pop and break if your tension is very tight
  • Still a little too thin for first time crafters
  • Larger projects take a long time to work up

What Can I Make With Sport Weight Silk Yarn?

  • Shawls
On a wooden table, a ball of yarn is connected to a gorgeous floral lacy shawl.
Made from Caribbean Current
  • Purses & Bags
  • Tops
A crochet crop  top made out of white, pink, and blue sport weight silk yarn.
Made from our Transgender yarn!
  • Dresses
The back of a small child, wearing a crossback crochet dress, made from pink, purple, and teal pastel sport weight silk yarn.
Gorgeous popsicle colorway
  • Mittens


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.