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Old 11-20-2008, 01:15 PM   #3
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gauge is what matters.

as Ingrid has pointed out, sometimes a much smaller than expected needle size is called for--but what matters is the gauge.

some designers KNIT tightly (and they might use a size 8 (US) needle to get the same gauge i can get on a size 6--

or the opposite.. they might require a size 3 to get the same gauge as i do on a size 6!
(i have friends who use size 0 needles for socks.. but my socks, knit on size 2's have a tighter gauge/fabric!)

Needle size is always just a recommendation/suggestion.

you can use any size needles--so long as you end up with the right gauge (and the right kind of fabric!)

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