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Old 08-19-2008, 07:52 PM   #1
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How big can needles be to make gauge?
I want to try mittens and got some great instructions from a woman on Ravelry. I actually found a knitting store about 40 miles from me and picked out some yarn and they gave me a pattern. She said to start out with 8US needles, which is suggested for the yarn and go from there. It actually takes about 10 1/2 needles to get a decent gauge. It is weird, because the loops are big until I slip them off the pointed needle. Will this work for the mittens? I don't want to start it and then end up having to frog it because of the needle size. Any help will be appreciated.
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Old 08-19-2008, 08:39 PM   #2
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Well, the bigger the needle the looser the stitches. If you knit tight you might be able to go up a size or two, but go too far and they may not be good for mittens..
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:56 AM   #3
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So, I guess I need to knit very loose?
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:11 PM   #4
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I always make my mittens with worsted weight yarn and #4 dpn's. That is how my mother taught me with a very old but useful pattern.
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:11 PM   #5
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No it's better to use a larger needle than to try and knit loose. Unless you are loose naturally, it's very hard to sustain it through a whole project. I've found I prefer worsted weight on size 10s to using size 8s and I don't knit tight at all. Maybe practice on size 10s for a while. If you knit tight, you may be pulling the yarn after you make a stitch. You don't need to do this, making the next stitch will pull the yarn naturally. Try that for a while and see if your tension loosens up.
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:18 PM   #6
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I will try that for a while. I can't remember what wool it is, but I think it was an Aran. I will look when I go home. I'm not very good at identifying yarn, yet. Fabric is more my thang. LOL

Oh, and Kellee, if you would share and PM me, I would gladly take an old reliable pattern.

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Old 08-20-2008, 04:25 PM   #7
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I'll look for it tonight and let you know.
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Do you knit off the very tip of the needle? I found my gauges were off because I was knitting on the tapered part which made my gauge way off.
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:57 AM   #9
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Well, I didn't think I did that. It doesn't seem that big a deal on the size 8, but when you get to a size 10 1/2, the difference is huge. That is what got me wondering about jumping to a big size, in the first place. The hole is so big coming off these big needles and it slips onto the tip and really looks huge.
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when you do a swatch what does the fabric feel and look like? is it very loose and drapey or is it very stiff and dense? if ti produces the sort of fabric you want then it doesnt matter so much what size needles you use as long as you can accomodate the gauge in the pattern.
if 8 seems to small and the 10.5 to big why not try a 9?
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