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Old 10-11-2005, 12:29 AM   #1
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Better with Bigger Needles and Bulky Yarn?
I've been having a much easier time knitting and learning with larger needles and bulkier yarn.

Is this normal for a beginner?

I started with size 10 and a worsted weight yarn. Red Baron..some baby color blend, and I ended up with a VERY loose, dreadful looking little thing that I've bound off and generously call a potholder. :rollseyes:

Since I bound off and that skein was now free (I still only have a few) I tried using it to learn purling on size 11 needles. And had the WORST time trying it. Same with the double cast on that I'd just gotten right MOMENTS before...

Then I decided that maybe it was because it was BABY yarn...so I switched to another worsted wieght. No good. Swtiched to a bulky yarn that was twirly and weird - no good.

Decided instead to ditch the idea of trying to learn to purl tonight (since my "play yarn" - the free skeins - wasn't working out for me and casted on to my size 11's with bulky yarn. Easy as pie....

I feel like I can only buy bulky yarn and big needles now... :( Is this a learning curve thing....or like how kids like to use big crayons? I love big fat chunky scarves, but how many can a girl own? :(
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Old 10-11-2005, 12:49 AM   #2
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I generally will use a worsted weight yarn with a needle size 6-9, a bulkier yarn I will use a size 10 and up. You probably ended up with a loose knit because you were trying to knit a middle-of-the-road weight yarn on a fairly large needle.

I would suggest you try a size 8 needle with your worsted weight yarn and see if you have any better luck.
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Old 10-11-2005, 01:03 AM   #3
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I generally only knit with size 15, my favorite. I'm a beginner still too. I recently attempted a project with size 10, but found that too small for me at the moment. Tweaked it so I could use my 15s by doubling the yarn, as suggested by Ingrid.

But, if you're trying at swatch to see what a pattern looks like, it shows up better with smaller needles.
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Old 10-11-2005, 01:09 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by JessicaR
I generally only knit with size 15, my favorite. I'm a beginner still too. I recently attempted a project with size 10, but found that too small for me at the moment. Tweaked it so I could use my 15s by doubling the yarn, as suggested by Ingrid.

But, if you're trying at swatch to see what a pattern looks like, it shows up better with smaller needles.
A-cha.

Which is why (on many fronts) my valiant and delusional attempt at trinity stitch (before I had even gotten purl squarely down, at that) using sz 15's with a super-bulky weird, twisty yarn was a bust. Duly noted. Thank you.

And thank you too, knitqueen. Knowing what the vets' "go to" needle sizes and corresponding yarn weights are, is HUGELY helpful.
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Old 10-11-2005, 01:28 AM   #5
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Well, I'm hardly a vet but glad I could help! Seriously, I've only been knitting since February, but lots of practise and just trying different things, you slowly start to figure it out and what works for YOU!!

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Old 10-11-2005, 08:55 AM   #6
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Knitqueen is right--that was my first thought, too 10 is too big for worsted. The label ususally gives you a range of suggested needle sizes for each yarn.

Knit with whatever you feel comfortable with. Remember those really big Kindergarten crayons?

I think with big needles each stitch seems to be more deliberate and individual. That may be why it works for you. Give yourself time in all of this. It's certainly not a race, and no one's timing you.
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Old 10-11-2005, 09:51 AM   #7
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Thanks Ingrid.

It wasn't really that I'm in a rush (although I am... ) it's just that I don't see me being able to much with these bulky yarns besides scarves and maybe the occasional VERY HOT poncho or two.....

And there definitely something to this:
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I think with big needles each stitch seems to be more deliberate and individual.
I'll stick with what's working well for me. But that means I'm gonna need recs for good bulky yarn...preferably in shades of pink. :thinking:
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I haven't done much knitting with bulky yarn. I will say to avoid Lionbrand Homespun and Bernat Breeze--one stretches and shreds and the other feels nasty--on my opinion--other people do love them. I think Plymouth Encore has a bulky, and I have worked with a Patons that was nice. I don't know what bulky's KnitPicks has, but I don't think I've ever heard a complaint about any of their yarn.

I'm sure other people will have more experienced recommendations than mine.

You'll 'graduate' to being able to use any yarn--just keep the needle size appropriate for the yarn. We'll have you knitting on size 1's in no time. :rofling:
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Personally I've found it easier working with larger needles and bulky yarn too... and I still consider myself a beginner (I've only completed 3 projects.) My last project and my current project use bulky yarn and size 15 circs.
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You're the best, Ingrid. Thanks so much.

I feel bad - I'm sure I can figure some of this out of my own, but it's so FUN here. :rofling: And I'm having the best time :XX: so I want to talk about it aaaaalllllll the time.
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