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kwynf 06-13-2009 09:55 PM

needle sizes
Hi, I am beginning to knit ponchos for my 2 daughters. The pattern calls for size 13 circular needles 16 inches. I only can find them in bamboo and I feel as though they are too blunt to knit with the bulky yarn the pattern calls for. I have the knitpicks interchangeable needles but the biggest they come in is size 11 and they don't sell that combo individually. Why is that combo hard to find and do you think I could just go with the size 11?

P.S. I'm new at this as you can tell!


suzeeq 06-13-2009 10:01 PM

You don't need sharp tips to knit with bulky yarn, but I think that large a size in a 16" would be awkward to knit with. You could see about using a longer needle, 30" or more, and doing a magic loop or half a loop with it. Especially if you only need the 16" for the neck.

imrachel 06-14-2009 08:45 AM

Three other options:

1. Addi has 16" in size 13: .

2. Use the size 11 from knitpicks and just knit very loosely for that sections (as suzeeq said, it's probably only for the neck, so not much of the poncho).

3. Use DPNs on that section. If you do, make sure to use needles by the same company and material that you do for the rest of the poncho because changing from say, metal to bamboo, or even bamboo between different companies, can change your gauge.

suzeeq 06-14-2009 09:11 AM

I think 3 doesn't matter so much; if you were to use 11s instead, the gauge would be off far more than the slight difference in size of size dpns if they're by a different company and of a different material.

imrachel 06-14-2009 09:06 PM

It's not the size that changes between materials, it's the way it grabs the yarn. If you're knitting with a slippery yarn on rough wooden needles and then switch to metal, that can hugely affect the size of your stitches.

suzeeq 06-15-2009 12:10 AM

Yes, it can, and I sometimes choose wood needles over metal for that very reason. However, I don't think it's going to change the size of the stitches as much as going down a full mm in needle size will.

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