Love "swatch or punt".... thanks for that!Aimee'smom said:Welcome from the corn and soy fields of Illinois. Unfortunately, the first thing that came to my mind was, "Swatch or punt". That's way too sarcastic but true. Since you are making coasters, why don't you just start making one and then frog it if you think another needle size would work better.
Color Me Beautiful said:I am wanting to use two strands of yarn to make coasters. One is 100% cotton and calls for size 8(5mm) needles the other yarn is 100% acrylic and calls for size 10(6mm) needles. How do I figure out what size needles I should use.
You might want to consider buying size tens. You may need them for future projects. They don't have to be expensive, either.Color Me Beautiful said:I don't have size 10 needles...I will have to check my craft stash to see if I have some dowels to make some needles.
I agree :sm24:knit4ES said:I see you are new... welcome
with any knitting pattern, a gauge is usually stated and a recommend a needle size but cautions to use whatever needle is required to get gauge.
I suspect the needle sizes you are mentioning in your post are from the yarns' ball bands .... which is a guideline ONLY from the manufacturer.
I would guess that each of these yarns are a worsted weight... 2 strands of worsted equals about a chunky or maybe a super bulky weight.... so I would guess at least an 11 maybe a 13 or more.
Great! That worked out well!Color Me Beautiful said:As luck would have it I have a dowel that IS size 10. So I wont have to go out and buy them. I just have cut to the length that works for me, sharpen one end, sand smooth and glue a bead or button on the end.