I don't like using 8s either, but that's never stopped me from using worsted weight. Try knitting worsted on size 10 or 10.5s. Sometimes 11s work too. My favorites are the metric sizes in between, the 7 and 7.5 mm. I even use them on yarn that's suppose to be DK weight. The knit is looser, but I prefer that to a tighter knit anyway.