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Apr 21, 2012 12:23:49   #
PauletteB.
 
Depends on what I am knitting, sweaters ,7,8. Socks 2 & 3. Mans sweaters 8,9,10. Scarf 11,13 15. Baby clothes any where from a 2 to 6.
 
Apr 21, 2012 13:05:18   #
Augustgran (a regular here)
 
sorry this is metric, I have forgotton how it convert
for socks and fine knits I use 2.25 to 2.5mm
then the next for baby stuff 3.25 to 4.5 mm
big items (bulky to me) 5.5 -6mm
Apr 21, 2012 13:40:53   #
GMADRAGON2
 
Sizes 7-9 for worsted work (sweaters, afghans, blankets, hats, scarves); size 2-3-4 for sock weight and sport (DK) yarns; size 7 for dishcloths (worsted weight cotton); really large sizes 10-15 and above for scarves, afghans, hats, etc. used in bulky or super bulky weights.

As you can see, it all depends on the project AND the yarn used.
Apr 21, 2012 13:45:52   #
oleganny
 
It all depends on the weight of the yarn, the project, & the gauge required. It is really difficult to say what size needles you need without swatching the project. For instance I knit extremely tightly, so usually have to go up at least one size to meet the gauge requirements. Others who knit loosely might have to go down a size or two.
Apr 21, 2012 13:49:16   #
nittineedles
 
I have a large supply of size 4mm but it seems like every time I go to find that size they are all in use. :?
Apr 21, 2012 14:04:52   #
suthengrl
 
Thanks for all the suggestions! I really appreciate it. Maybe I should go for an 8. Do you use single point for the scarves and sweaters? I want to find wooden needles for the person I'm buying for so can't afford to pay for the expensive ones.
 
Apr 21, 2012 17:00:09   #
headvase1
 
I use mainly 7, 8, or 9 size needles.
Apr 21, 2012 17:03:43   #
courier770
 
That's like asking what's the most common bra size! Right now I have the Sea Lettuce Scarf on size 2 needles, Brooke's Column of leaves on size 8's and God only knows what else!
Apr 21, 2012 17:06:47   #
grandmadawn
 
It depends on the yarn I'm using, 6,7,8,9 for sweaters and scarves, smaller for sock yarn, larger for two strands at the sametime like some blankets.
Apr 21, 2012 17:16:44   #
Ingried
 
knitwitch36 wrote:
in england size 10 [3.25] for ribbing and size 8[4.00] for main part of knitting.Barbara


That is interesting, I usually use the smaller needles for the ribbing.
Apr 21, 2012 18:46:17   #
courier770
 
Ingreid, in European sizes, the larger t he number the smaller the needle.
 
Apr 21, 2012 19:21:56   #
nittineedles
 
courier770 wrote:
Ingreid, in European sizes, the larger t he number the smaller the needle.


Not any more. Every country in the world has gone metric except for Liberia, Myanmar and the US. Ingreid is probably just using pre 1965 needles. I know I still have some.
Apr 21, 2012 21:18:26   #
Jean Keith
 
I use 8's the most even if they recommend any other size. When I was knitting sweaters for my kids, an 8 would make the sweater a little larger for them to wear a couple more years. 8 is just my favorite even tho' I know better.
Apr 22, 2012 00:05:26   #
peachy51
 
I probably use US 6, 7 & 8 more than any of the others.
Apr 22, 2012 22:56:36   #
pepsiknittinmomma
 
I like 8's, but 7's and 10.5's are a second. I have been making a lot of baby hats lately and those are on size 4's.
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