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Date: 1/23/07 9:07 PM

How are these related? The larger the needle size, the bigger the loops? Does the type of yarn matter?

What is sportsweight yarn? Yarn is measured in ounces? Higher number of ounces equals heavier yarn?

I am a super novice.

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Date: 1/23/07 9:10 PM

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This site should give you all the basics. Hope that helps.

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Date: 1/23/07 10:10 PM

Linscee, I am confused too at times but the more I am knitting (smaller things) the more it makes sense. Unless the yarn is super bulky you can use the smaller size needles with that yarn. By using smaller size needles you will get a tighter gauge.

Usually the yarn label will tell you the recommended needle size. Or if you follow a pattern, it will tell you the gauge, yarn type and the needle size.

I am going by the book - Debbie Stroller's The Knitters Handbook. Its very very helpful. I highly recommend it.

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Date: 1/23/07 11:08 PM

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Usually the yarn label will tell you the recommended needle size.


Deepika, I didn't know this. Thanks for the info.

Mary, I did check out that website, but I didn't see the answers to these questions. I may have missed them. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Date: 1/24/07 3:12 PM

I learned this tip from Knitty Gritty: if you have one of those plastic or metal gauges to check needle sizes, fold over a piece of the yarn and pass it through the holes. Use the needle size where the yarn fits through comfortably without extra space.

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Date: 1/24/07 3:16 PM

When you say fold over, do you mean use a doubled length of yarn? That's such a good idea, thanks.

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Date: 1/24/07 3:50 PM

Yes, a doubled length of yarn. That's a better way of describing it!

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Date: 1/24/07 4:08 PM

Another good tip. Thanks.

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Date: 1/25/07 10:42 AM

Here's a kind of list of yarn weights based on an on-line retailer.
Yarn Weights They are basing the weights on how many stitches to the inch each gives.

There are two weights with yarn. Yarn is sold by weight, usually in a 50g or 100g ball or skein. The other weight is the thickness of the yarn, or how fat the strands are. The thicker the strand, the bigger the needle you need to use. You can go down a needle size and get a tighter guage, up to a point where you can't get a smaller guage any more. You can play with the guage and needle size to get the fabric feel that you want. The tighter the guage the stiffer the fabric and the less drape it will have.

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Date: 2/7/07 8:42 PM

You are correct - the larger the needle the larger the loops formed around it and therefore a looser gauge (fewer stitches/rows to the inch). A heavier yarn knits at a larger gauge than a finer one, however the final decision is based on the type of fabric you want to create. Yarn is sold by weight, usually in 50 and 100g hanks or skeins, the finer the yarn the more yardage in the hank. So you can get a 50g hank of sportweight with 160 yds or a 50g hank of worsted with 100 yds. For an explanation of yarn weights, needle sizes etc. check out www.yarnstandards.com.

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