Fiber Content: 50% Baby Alpaca, 50% Mulberry Silk
Weight: DK
Knitting Gauge: 5.5 sts = 1” n #5-7 needles (3.75mm – 4.00m)
Crochet Gauge: 12-17 sc = 4” on 7-I hooks
Yards: 219
Grams: 100
Put Up: Hank
Care: Hand wash/dry flat

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Diadem Solid DK Yarn

$17.99 100g / Hank


Now available in a striking array of saturated solid colors! Diadem is an ultra-luxe single ply DK weight yarn with very subtle differences in thickness, the result is a fabric that is plush with a delicate drape. The combination of super-soft baby alpaca with the dazzling sheen of silk makes Diadem the ultimate splurge-worthy yarn for special projects and gifts.
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5 out of 5 stars

This yarn is luxurious !It's fun to knit but sheds a little . I made the Sweet Something Cowl pattern in platinum that I bought from your site.The Color is great. It's feel and looks so good,like a precious jewelry. I'll buy more and make gifts for next Christmas.

5 out of 5 stars

I knit a shawl out of this yarn. It is near and so lightweight. I will be gifting it to someone special. I will order more colors.

4 out of 5 stars

I ordered one skein of this (in Copper) on a whim, when I was getting some other yarns. After reading the reviews, I wound it into a ball, popped it in my yarn bowl, and have been working with it from there. I haven't found it to be that fragile (I don't feel as though I'll snap it while knitting), but it is very splitty. It looks to be tightly spun on the ball, but each stitch going on the needle is unspun. I'm a lefty knitter, so that could be part of it, although I haven't seen that with other yarns. As far as the fabric, it is kitten-soft and light as a cloud. I'm making a cowl on US7 needles, and it couldn't be nicer. The sheen is incredible, as well. I don't think I'd use this for anything that gets rough wear, but I'll definitely be back for more.

2 out of 5 stars

The yarn itself is fine. It's very nice and all that sure. But the Hanks they give you are just an absolute nightmare. I felt like I was losing my mind trying to form them into balls because the moment you unwind them they turn into a knotted mess. Unless You're someone who really enjoys trying to pick out lumps of knots for hours before even being able to start your project It's really hard to recommend using this over any other yarn. I'm not sure if it's supposed to look fancier on a shelf in a hank, but boy I regretted it.

5 out of 5 stars

I knit a long rectangular wrap out of this in 'copper' and it is 'devine'. Your photo shows more colors than are offered, will you be adding colors to this collection?

5 out of 5 stars

I used this to knit a wedding shawl for me. It's so silky soft and flowy, and it's got gorgeous shine to it. The stitches were showcased. Love it and will buy again for future, fancy shawls! It's not a 'beginner' yarn and needs to be handled gently; it does shed when you're working with it so be prepared to vacuum your chair when you're done knitting with it.

5 out of 5 stars

Ok, here's a question for our fellow knitters who have used this yarn. I'm considering purchasing...I have read the review that it sheds like crazy. Does this apply to the finished project too? Thanks in advance.

5 out of 5 stars

I love this luxurious yarn. I'm making a drop-stitch scarf in the turquoise color. Just a small caveat though, it splits quite easily, so a more rounded needle would be the preference.

5 out of 5 stars

I'm currently in the process of knitting a simple linen stitch scarf using this fabulous fiber. I initially purchased Argent and Platinum. Knitting 6 rows of Platinum, then 6 rows using both (every other stitch, to create a variegated look), and 6 rows Argent. It is so beautiful and the hand is so soft, that I came back and ordered 4 more colors for 2 more scarves. Highly recommend.

1 out of 5 stars

This yarn is splitting to the absolute max. I'm going to have to make a sizing and try to coat all of the yarn to make it fit to knit with. If I didn't have so much (at such a price!) I throw it away!

2 out of 5 stars

I've been buying from knit picks for a while now, and loved what j saw and read about diadem on their website. However I've learn from a very expensive mistake that this yarn felts very easily. It was my own silly fault for not flowing the instructions but I did want a slightly felted touch to my crochet shrug so that it could seem less fibrous. Diadem is a very very fibrous yarn which irritates the nose if you suffer from hayfever, allergy, asthama or just have a cold. I have a sensitive nose so I really struggled with this yarn as it is so beautiful and soft that hardly anyone can resist it. I'm just very saddened with my costly mistake... I bought 4 Hanks of diadem and make myself a beauftiful crochet jumper. All wasted now as it will have to be a handbag! ??

4 out of 5 stars

This yarn is all that they say and more. It's beautiful! However, I must give a word of caution: If you have ASTHMA, please be careful when winding this! I have moderate asthma, and winding three skeins in one evening gave me an attack that brought me to the emergency room. I do not have any sort of allergy to natural fibers, but the baby alpaca is so fine that it flies off when winding, and created breathing problems for me. Of course, I fully intend to wind the other three skeins -- it's too wonderful not to use! -- but I'll be sure to wear a lightweight face mask when I do so.

5 out of 5 stars

This yarn is the SOFTEST!! The ultimate splurge. I have yet to put it to my needles, but I anticipate pure knitting bliss. I purchased a scarf pattern from KnitPicks and will soon be starting my project. Platinum solid is a beautiful ivory/gray. Classic, gorgeous, can't wait for the finished product.

5 out of 5 stars

I haven't even started working with this yarn yet and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! It feels so luxurious! I plan to make a shall for my wedding and I can't wait to see how it turns out with this yarn.

3 out of 5 stars

This is definitely a very luscious yarn. The softness and sheen are almost unbeatable, and this is definitely a yarn to use for special gifts. Fair warning, though: This stuff sheds like CRAZY. The twist is so loose and the fibers are so soft and slick that no matter how you try to handle it, it casts off fuzz in every direction every time you touch it. I would definitely advise keeping a lint roller handy as you work with this yarn; you're going to be covered in fluff by the time you're done. Just rolling it up into balls put enough shed fibers all over my clothes that I could probably have spun them up into another couple yards of yarn. Such is the nature of baby alpaca, though, unfortunately. If you're willing to look past the shedding issue, this is a great yarn for things that need to be super-soft and shiny. It is just a tad bit more difficult to work with than less-slick and soft fibers, or a yarn with a tighter twist.

5 out of 5 stars

This is spectacular yarn! The colors are stunning, the texture, sheen and drape are amazing. I made a beautiful shawl that falls around your shoulders like liquid butter, this shawl is by far the most stunning creation I have made. Can't say enough about this yarn, I have bought a bunch more to create more shawls.

5 out of 5 stars

Just simply divine yarn to work with. Just finished crocheting a shawl with the azurite. It feels so luxurious!

5 out of 5 stars

When you are knitting for a fellow knitter, you want to use very nice yarn...I used this yarn to make a scarf for my friend, and she loved it! So that is high praise to me! The colors are just beautiful and the yarn is easy on the hands...stitch definition is super, so if you to get high impact with complex stitches or make simple stitches look great, i highly recommend this yarn.

5 out of 5 stars

This yarn is beyond luxurious. I knit two Roaring Twenties cloche' with this yarn and the result, in the words of one recipient, looked "couture." The yarn does not split, is very easy to work, and the finished garment or accessory will stand a great chance of looking "couture."