View Full Version : what size needles for most socks?

11-19-2007, 11:45 AM
I need to get a pair of sock needles (I have some Reggia and some Trekking jsut waiting) and I do magic loop...what is the best "general" size for most sock patterns?

11-19-2007, 12:27 PM
3mm or 3 25mm depending on yarn ply. I am using Artesano alpaca Hummingbird at the moment and I am using 3 25mm.

11-19-2007, 12:52 PM
When I knit Reggia I use 2.75 or even 2.25mm needles. I've yet to knit the Trekking that I have, but just looking at it I would say I would use the same size needle. That would be a size 1 or 2 US size. Watch the size 2 needles as I have seen size 2 needles range anywhere from 2.5mm to 3mm. They don't make *that* much difference, but they can help loosen or tighten up a guage depending on how close you are.

I have also found with sock yarns that some yarns just make a nicer knit using a size or 2 smaller (in metric) For instance the KP Pallette looks much nicer knit on size 1 needles even though it calls for a size 2 or 3. Swatch and see!

11-19-2007, 02:32 PM
Just checked the ball band on my Opal sock yarn which is a 4ply yarn and it recommends using 2 MM needles.

Jan in CA
11-19-2007, 02:39 PM
I have Trekking and I preferred the feel of the fabric on size US 1 needles.

11-19-2007, 03:06 PM
I used size 2 (I think 2.75 mm) for my trekking yarn socks and it worked well. But I think I might have been happier with the 1's - which I don't have yet.

11-19-2007, 03:31 PM
I've started socks on size 0, 1, and 2 (US) dpns and 2 and 3 (US) circs. It depends on the yarn though. The ones I did on dpns were done on lace weight yarn. Someday I'll finish the socks I've started.

11-26-2007, 01:19 PM
Alot depends on you as a knitter. I knit loosely so I always have to go down a few sizes. For Regia and Opal I use a 2.25. 2.5 gives way too loose of a fabric.
I am curious which way it will go if I ever master continental.

11-26-2007, 02:01 PM
I am curious which way it will go if I ever master continental.

Here's the funny thing about me and continental. If I am working with sport weight and up I knit looser with continental than English, but with fingering and lace weight yarns I knit tighter. have no idea why. I'm just weird that way! :teehee:

11-26-2007, 02:54 PM
I'm still working on it. I took a class - but never really figured a good way to hold the yarn. I really need to just suck it up and do an entire project in continental to make myself do it!

11-26-2007, 03:39 PM
for most of my socks I use either 2mm or 2.5mm needles.

11-26-2007, 04:19 PM
Most of my socks are knit on US 0s or 1s...:blooby:

11-26-2007, 06:26 PM
I also use 0s or 1s, depending on the yarn.