Friday, January 05, 2007

Needle size?

What size needles is everyone using? I've done the first chart with #3's. It looks a bit small to me and I'm thinking about frogging back and restarting with #4's.

Sherie
WhimsyKnits

9 Comments:

Blogger Anne in Wy said...

I am using #3's, but it is looser than yours. I was actually admiring how yours looked and wondered what size you were using, before you made this post.
I'm using KnitPicks Shadow, Jewels.

2:18 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I am also using 3...

2:26 PM  
Blogger ~Sherie~ said...

I like the way it looks with the 3's but I was a bit worried it might turn out small..... I'm not exactly what you would call a petit person! LOL

2:27 PM  
Blogger Margene said...

I did use 4s but I do knit a bit on the tight side..

3:58 PM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

And I am using 2s, as I knit a bit looser than most people. Sallee and I took a lace class online almost two years ago, and the teacher advised pinning out your lace early on, say the end of chart one, steaming lightly with a towel covering it, letting the lace dry and then deciding if your personal yarn/needle combo gave you the lace look you want, so I am happy that my 2s are giving a dense enough fabric to see the details but not obscure them by being too tightly knit.

4:16 PM  
Blogger ~Sherie~ said...

Great idea, I think I will steam block what I have tonight and see how much it "grows."

4:44 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Hmmmm..wouldn't it be nice to know how large the shawl should be after each chart? Hmm....

4:54 PM  
Blogger KarenK said...

I'm using US # 3s also, with KnitPicks Shadows, Oregon Coast, and I'm a fairly loose knitter, so although it looks small and scrunched up, when I stretch it out, it looks just right (just finished Chart 3). The Shadows wool has a lot of elasticity (more than my last project where I used Jaggerspun Zephyr; its 50/50 wool/silk content is not quite so stretchy as the merino in Shadows).

6:44 PM  
Blogger Lucinda said...

Hi! I'm not a KAL member, since I finished my Hidcote with the Lacevember KAL, but I thought you might want more input anyway. ;-) I used size 3 Addi turbos for mine. (But I'd use size 3 bamboo if I knit Hidcote again.) I used Misti Alpaca Lace for my yarn, purchased online from Webs. There are pictures in the November 2006 entries on my blog.

1:41 PM  

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