Sick of Felting

OKknitguy's picture

OK, I felted my last item last night. Had 2 more purses to do. I have hung up my felting for a while. I now want to do tiny! I started my first pair of socks. Using a pattern I found of knitty I believe for "Babba's Bed Socks" It goes cuff down. I had a little trouble turning the heel but I think its coming out ok. Doing it in Red/White in tribute to the amazing Sooners! May they beat the socks/jocks off Boise State! :-) Anyway, I'm ready to do tiny. Doing these socks with 5 DPN size 4 I believe. I wish I wasn't so loose! :-) Anyway, Merry Christmas!



Tallguy's picture

The needle size is always

The needle size is always directly proportional to the diameter of the yarn, with the desired hand of the fabric factored into it as well. Any pattern that says to use a specific needle size should be ignored on that point. They have no idea what yarn you will be using!!

Sock yarn normally has a harder twist and a multi-ply (at least 3 or 5 for socks) so that it wears better. Sock yarn is usually finer than for a sweater, so your needle size will be smaller. Also, socks should be knit with a tighter gauge than you would a sweater or a scarf, so again, smaller needles. Most of my socks would use 1.5 to 2.5 mm needles. After using these for a while, a 5 mm needle is simply gigantic! I can't imagine using 20 mm after socks!

You should also consider your knitting technique: are you a loose knitter? Then you will have to use smaller needles again. Continental tends to be looser than English, so adjust accordingly.

The suggested needle size on the ball band is only that. The yarn company wants you to buy yarn, so if you use larger needles, you will use more yarn! -- and then have to buy more, and they are happy. Smaller needles will mean you use less yarn, and will knit for a longer time with the same ball of yarn. You can knit a scarf, or a sweater, or socks with the same yarn... and each is suitable for that, as long as you use a needle appropriate for the project at hand. All of these will use different needles, although it is exactly the same yarn.

My simple rule to choose a needle: the thickness of the needle will match the width of two strands of yarn side by side. Then adjust according to the project, and personal characteristics.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Robert, In what reference


In what reference do you write, "I wish I wasn't so loose"?

PM me and we'll see if we can fix that.

Winks and a Merry Christmas from Texas y'all,


Whimpy, whimpy,

Whimpy, whimpy, whimpy!

C'mon, guys. Hit those 0's and 1's. 8's and 4's are used for cattle fencing where I come from.

Has anyone gotten the little 4 inch set of 0000's to make sock earrings? Now, THOSE will put hair on yer chest !

~Mike in Tampa

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Aaronknits's picture

Is there a way to guarantee

Is there a way to guarantee they won't be gray hairs?

Bill's picture

little sock earrings will

little sock earrings will put hair on your chest?????

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Mike, if those will put hair

Mike, if those will put hair on my chest I will order them by the gross!!!!!!

OKknitguy's picture

seriously. We could market

seriously. We could market it under like Roknit or something like that. We may be onto something. I'm usually smooth as a babies butt, but lately I have noted more hair growth! :-)

PeterMark's picture

I'm working on 3s and I'm

I'm working on 3s and I'm liking it. Curious to try 2s. Of course it always depends on what you're making,but anything larger than 10 seems kind of cumbersome to me. The toughest part for me with the 3 DPNs is the length of the DPN. I'd be curious to try shorter ones. See? Size really does matter! : - )


Bill's picture

I love working with five

I love working with five inch needles.
...guess we're each different...

MMario's picture

Size four seems "tiny" to me

Size four seems "tiny" to me as well, though I know knitters who consider size 4 (3.5 mm) to be HUMUNGOUS.

I am currenlty doing my best to stall, procrastinate and delay the start of my next "planned project" which will involve (*sob*)
Size 0 (2 mm) needles!

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I sometimes play a character who does.

OKknitguy's picture

The pattern called for 8's

The pattern called for 8's but I knit so loose, the last tiny thing I did was awful, it was so loose. So far, they seem to be doing ok. Size 0 must be like toothpics! First thing I used when I taught myself to knit, were some chop sticks from Pei Wei's that I put in the pencil sharpener! :-)