Sizes for Knitting Needles

Choosing sizes for knitting needles at the start of knitting an item and for most knitting is an essential piece of equipment. Knitting can also be done using only the fingers and hands.

The knitting needles come in lots of different sizes and when you choose a pattern. The pattern will then state what size of needle or sizes of needles as most knitting patterns will used more than one size. A smaller needle is usually used for the rib stitch at the bottom of a garment such as a jumper, cardigan or sleeve. Then a larger needle approx two sizes larger will be used for the main body of the work.

The pattern will also give any of abbreviations that has been used for that particular item.

The pattern will also give a tension guide which will inform you how many stitches and rows should be in a certain sized square.

Many people when they first learn how to cast on knitting tend to knit very tight and as confidence grows the knitting technique will relax.

Some are too much the other way and have extremely loose knits.

Changing the needle size will help to rectify this if you knit tightly then pick larger needles and choose smaller ones if the knit is loose until you reach the right tension.



Common Sizes For Knitting Needles


UK

12

Metric

2.75 mm

US

2

11

3 mm

-

10

3.25 mm

3

-

3.5 mm

4

9

3.75

5

8

4 mm

6

7

4.5 mm

7

6

5 mm

8

5

5.5 mm

9

4

6 mm

10

3

6.5 mm

10.5


Other Useful Needle Sizes

UK

Metric

US

14
13
0
00
000

2 mm
2.25 mm
8 mm
9 mm
10 mm

0
1
11
13
15


Nowadays needles are made out of bamboo, plastic or metal but in years gone by bit of twig , bone or animal horn was used.

Needle length can also vary so make sure you have the right length for the item you are making without bunching the stitches up too much or making them fall off.

Different knitting techniques will suggest the length of the needle as some knitters tuck the needle under their arm so would need a longer length. 


Double pointed knitting needles

Some knitting stitches use double pointed needles such as in cable stitches. These smaller needles will hold one or two stitches either behind or in front of the work so the different patterns can be achieved.

Double pointed needles are also used when making tubular items such as socks or necklines like polo neck and can be bought a set of four. These also come in different sizes so the knitting stays true to the pattern.

When knitting with circular needles there are two points but in between these there is a thin long flexible plastic pipe that fixes on the ends on the needle points so larger items can be made.

There are many shopping outlets that supply all you need for knitting from  on line craft sites to the independent wool shops.



Affiliate offers

The Range
Regular Offers 
*************

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Please take care with any soft furnishing that it does not come into contact with any heat source. 

If you have found an error on this page or want some more information on sewing cushions.

Please contact me . Thank you