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shore--alpaca
09-13-2006, 07:28 PM
Like, what would you consider (if you had to pick JUST one) the "standard" size knitting needle? ????? :) the size you would pick if you could pic no others???? :)

brendajos
09-13-2006, 07:59 PM
I would pick my interchangeable set so I didn't have to pick just one. I use all of them.

mwedzi
09-13-2006, 08:09 PM
I don't think there is one needle size that is standard. But, if you knit mostly worsted weight sweaters, I guess size 7 or 8 would be what you get the most use out of. It really depends.

jberry16
09-13-2006, 08:39 PM
probably size 8

SabrinaJL
09-13-2006, 10:01 PM
Yeah, my first thought was an 8 too. It's a good middle size.

I can tell you I would NOT pick 15's. I knit with them for the very first time today and it felt like I was trying to knit with chair legs or something. I didn't dig it at all.

psammeadred
09-13-2006, 10:14 PM
That's a bit like asking to pick just one finger...I'd cheat and say my interchangeable set.

melissaatk
09-13-2006, 11:02 PM
I'd say 8's also

aineepooh1
09-13-2006, 11:50 PM
IMHO it is better for a beginner to use a larger size needle(13,15 17) as a beginner I had ALOT of trouble trying to decide which way to turn the yarn, what needle went through what loop and sz8 just didn't cut the mustard for me. I took a knitng class (twice) at Michaels and the 2nd time around the same needles but bulky weight yarn.. All the difference in the world..!! I think beginners should start with big, easy needles, and big easy yarn and forget sz 8 and worsted weight yarn. I Kknow this is what all the book teach beginners with but..
GIVE ME SIZE 15 NEEDLES AND BULKY WT YARN ANYDAY..!

that is my preference..
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fluffypechey
09-14-2006, 08:25 AM
After just buying a pair of *speed stix* which I love at the moment probably them.

:hug: Sharon

horve1
09-14-2006, 09:31 AM
My instant reaction was size 7, which actually goes with several of the previous answers because I tend to knit on the loose side.

rebecca
09-14-2006, 11:30 AM
I seem to use size 6 and 7 alot. But, as for picking, can't do it...I pick my Options set :wink:

Celine
09-14-2006, 11:47 AM
I'd have to say size 9. :teehee:

Jax3303
09-14-2006, 11:51 AM
I'd say a 7.

heatherk
09-14-2006, 12:41 PM
i guess i'm a freak, but i love my flex 10s.

Pixywhispers
09-14-2006, 12:59 PM
8s. Do you guys know I've never used a size 7! HA! Rebecca, what do you use size 7's for? Just curious.

Talula Fairie
09-14-2006, 01:44 PM
I'd have to follow the crowd and go with a size 8. Small enough to make a nice pretty stitch but large enough to not feel as if you're knitting with toothpicks. Plus, a lot of worsted weight yarns have a reccomended needle size of 8.

I'd have to say that the LAST needle I'd want to use is a 0. The new knitty issue has a pattern for cabled socks that use size 0 needles. And it's a complicated pattern, too :shock:

Freyja
09-14-2006, 02:49 PM
I pick 5 or 6's.

brendajos
09-14-2006, 03:07 PM
I'd have to follow the crowd and go with a size 8. Small enough to make a nice pretty stitch but large enough to not feel as if you're knitting with toothpicks. Plus, a lot of worsted weight yarns have a reccomended needle size of 8.

I'd have to say that the LAST needle I'd want to use is a 0. The new knitty issue has a pattern for cabled socks that use size 0 needles. And it's a complicated pattern, too :shock:

lol i just feel like i am knitting forever and ever and ever to get 20 stitches done when i use those needles!

i know 20 stitches is 20 stitches (just like 20 pounds of feathers and 20 pounds of rocks are still 20 pounds) but it just SEEEEEMS like forever to me.

Pixywhispers
09-14-2006, 03:38 PM
My confession is I think my knitting looks better with size 3's.

fluffypechey
09-14-2006, 05:17 PM
:roflhard: I didnt even know half these needle existed!! :oops:

stitchywitch
09-15-2006, 02:42 PM
Size 6, definitely. If a pattern doesn't specify I always default to my trusty sixes. I don't like larger needles because they hurt my hands, but smaller is ok. I'm weird like that.

SabrinaJL
09-16-2006, 01:40 AM
I don't think that's weird at all, stitchywitch. When I knit with 15's it was very uncomfortable and I felt like I had less control over them than I do smaller needles.

kschmitz
09-16-2006, 09:20 PM
It's funny, my first thought was a US 4, but that's just since I've been working on a sweater for like months and don't remember what it's like to use anything else! But yeah, something a little larger like an 8 would be more flexible.