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Knitting Needle Size based on Yarn Size

Two methods for estimating the size needle needed to obtain the optimum knit fabric for a given yarn.

Also see Yarn Sizes and Substitutions for other yarn size approximations and connversions.


Method 1

Taken from the "Catalog and Idea Book" of
Woodland Woolworks (woolwrks@teleport.com)
262 So. Maple St.
P.O. Box 400, Yamhill, OR 97148
Phone 1-800-547-3725 or 1-503-662-3641 (voice or fax)
Suppliers of handspinning, knitting and weaving materials, tools and books

Start by measuring the yarn by wrapping it around a ruler firmly, but not stretching it or packing the wraps. Find the number of wraps in the left column, then start knitting with the suggested needle size. Of course, this chart is only a guide -- your personal knitting tension may create a different gauge from that shown.

Yarn Wraps per 2 inches

Suggested U.S. Needle Size

Approximate Stitch Gauge
(stitches per 2 inches)

32

1 - 3

16 - 17

30

3 - 4

15

28

4

14

26

4

12

24

5

11

22

7

9

20

8 - 9

8

18

9 - 10

6

Method 2

This method originated in an article by Ginny Norris that appeared in a 1995 issue of Spin Off magazine, published by Interweave Press.


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