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Old 03-13-2006, 07:17 AM   #1
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Silver sock tutorial - needle size or yarn weight ?
I have done something stupid! I want to follow Silver's excellent sock making tutorial but have bought sock weight yarn, and size 5 DPNs (confused between UK/US sizes as I am in UK and v new to knitting).

My question is: can I still knit the socks and if so should I follow the instructions for the sock weight yarn or the size 5 needles??

Silver recommends Sport or DK yarn for my size of needle - I guess I'm wondering if weight or needle size is most important?

Am sorry to be such a numpty (great British word for idiot!)

Hope someone can help.

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Old 03-13-2006, 07:54 AM   #2
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Try this web site - it has a chart showing US /UK needle size conversions.
Are yarn weights listed the same in the UK? IE Sport, worsted etc?


http://www.fibergypsy.com/common/needles.shtml
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Old 03-13-2006, 08:18 AM   #3
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No, yarns are called different things over here but sock weight is the same. For example, worsted is called DK (double knitting) here.

thanks for the link to the site - I know what I should have bought now but the question still remains about if I can continue with the needles I have (US size 5).

I also found this site http://www.kcgtrading.com/conversioncharts.html which is useful reference.

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Old 03-13-2006, 10:07 AM   #4
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If you knit with what you have, it will produce a very loose knit. I followed the tutorial with sock weight yarn and US size 3 needles and even that seems a bit loose to me.
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Old 03-13-2006, 01:46 PM   #5
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You can use 5's for socks, but you will need a heavier yarn. Also since the spi will be different, the number to CO will be different as well.
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Originally Posted by CateKnits
If you knit with what you have, it will produce a very loose knit. I followed the tutorial with sock weight yarn and US size 3 needles and even that seems a bit loose to me.
I agree! I had to go down to US size one to get a nicely knit sock. It still worked with Silver's sock tutorial though!
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