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!
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.
in england size 10 [3.25] for ribbing and size 8[4.00] for main part of knitting.Barbara
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.
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.
4,5,6 are my personal favs. I use a lot of sport weight or fingering wt. yarn.
I use sizes 8 & 9 the most.
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.
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
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.
Oh my you certainly got several different answers.... (
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.
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.