I am tackling socks, thanks to Silver's tutorial. First I did one - just one sock - with some scrap yarn, just to figure it out. Feeling pretty smug about making a sock, I bought some Wick yarn
to make myself a Real Pair.
I couldn't figure out how much yarn was needed - and for some reason that I no longer remember, I bought size 5 40" circulars to do it with magic loop (can't remember why I chose size 5). The Wick yarn is a worsted weight and is recommended for size 8 needles. 1 ball is 120 yards, 50 g.
I did do a gauge swatch, in the round, on my size 5 needles-right now I don't recall what the gauge was, but since I was using Silver's tutorial, there wasn't any gauge to compare it to anyway. I only made the cuff about 4 inches, on a whim, because I was thinking "summer socks" and didn't need it to be bigger.
well, that short cuff was a Good Thing because one ball of yarn BARELY made the first sock. And the second sock (I thought I did it the same size??) took several yards more than 1 ball. Luckily I bought 3 balls.
Now here is my question that I cannot figure out in my head, and I don't want to buy size 8 needles to figure out - if I had used size 8 needles instead of size 5, would I have gotten a BIGGER sock for the same yardage?? I mean, could I have knit a taller cuff and still only have used 1 ball for 1 sock?
I just can't wrap my brain around this concept - although I guess the size 5 needle made a thicker/denser fabric, so...
Thanks in advance for straightening me out on this. I am really having trouble figuring out how much yarn is needed for 1 pair of socks, and being way out in the boonies and therefore necessarily needing to buy yarn and needles online, I need to figure it out so I don't have too much or too little!