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Knitting needle size most commonly used?
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Apr 20, 2012 10:58:00   #
suthengrl
 
I'm not a knitter (only on looms) and need to know the size needles most commonly used. I know it depends on size yarn but what do most of you use for say sweaters and scarves? Thanks!
 
Apr 21, 2012 06:24:33   #
paljoey46
 
I seem to use 7,8 or 9 needles most of the time. I use worsted weight or sport weight yarn for many of my projects and these are the needle sizes called for. I just finished a beaded, drop stitch shawl that called for size 6 needles. Anything smaller and I have a hard time holding them.
Apr 21, 2012 06:58:07   #
knitwitch36
 
in england size 10 [3.25] for ribbing and size 8[4.00] for main part of knitting.Barbara
Apr 21, 2012 07:12:12   #
Debiknit (a regular here)
 
I use US sizes 4,5,6,and 7's the most. The smaller ones for baby,and shawl knitting. The larger ones for sweaters and afghans. Sometimes use an 8 on larger afghans. Have, but almost never use the larger needles. Do use the smaller 1-3's for socks.
Apr 21, 2012 07:12:32   #
Marylou12
 
I would guess a 7 or 8
Apr 21, 2012 07:13:31   #
bonster
 
If I had to say a size I would say I use US9 most followed by US10. That's right now because I have 2 blankets and 3 scarves.
 
Apr 21, 2012 07:27:42   #
Knitter forever
 
Size 8.my favorite size.
Apr 21, 2012 08:25:30   #
2sticksofwood
 
4,5,6 are my personal favs. I use a lot of sport weight or fingering wt. yarn.
Apr 21, 2012 08:38:31   #
aquarius21152
 
I use sizes 8 & 9 the most.
Apr 21, 2012 09:36:43   #
southernyankee
 
size 6 or 7
Apr 21, 2012 10:03:02   #
Cindy M
 
I use 7-9 the most. 10 1/2 if I'm really in a hurry. I don't like using larger needles size 11 and above because they're uncomfortable to knit with and leave a looser weave. We live in a colder climate where winter gear needs a tighter weave to protect against cold breezes.
 
Apr 21, 2012 10:18:19   #
Sailgurl
 
Oh my you certainly got several different answers. It depends on the yarn you use and how you knit. Usually adult sweaters use thicker yarn in a worsted weight. So those sweaters would use size 7 thru 9 needles. Kids sweaters in sport weight, would take 5 thru 7. Baby yarn would take from 3 thru 5. If you're learning to knit, go to thrift stores and try to find a bunch of used needles in various sizes to practice with. I knit continental and the way I hold the yarn causes me to use a needle usually 2 sizes smaller than the pattern calls for in a garment. Start with a scarf and then you won't have to worry about your tension while you're learning to knit
Apr 21, 2012 10:21:55   #
Knitaddict
 
I found "bundle packs" in Tuesday Morning that had several different needles in it for around $1.99 and if you are looking to find common sizes, they seem to have various mixes.
Apr 21, 2012 12:01:27   #
GrannyGoode
 
Sailgurl wrote:
Oh my you certainly got several different answers. It depends on the yarn you use and how you knit. Usually adult sweaters use thicker yarn in a worsted weight. So those sweaters would use size 7 thru 9 needles. Kids sweaters in sport weight, would take 5 thru 7. Baby yarn would take from 3 thru 5. If you're learning to knit, go to thrift stores and try to find a bunch of used needles in various sizes to practice with. I knit continental and the way I hold the yarn causes me to use a needle usually 2 sizes smaller than the pattern calls for in a garment. Start with a scarf and then you won't have to worry about your tension while you're learning to knit
Oh my you certainly got several different answers.... (show quote)

Great advice given here. I use mostly US #5, #6, and #7 for my projects. Also US #3 and #4 for lace. Have used US #000 (triple-aught) for a granddaughter's Christening gown in single-ply lace weight.
Apr 21, 2012 12:03:23   #
Betty White
 
Knitting socks, I always the smaller ones (0,1,2,3), depending on the yarn I am using. When making larger items like sweaters, I use 6,7,8. Very seldom use the big needles unless a pattern specifically is written for them.
Betty
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