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Old 02-07-2010, 06:49 PM   #1
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Sock Needle Size
Just recently I've been knitting my first 'real' pair of knitted socks in the round (the previous pairs were knitted flat and sewn together).
I've enjoyed the challenge and finished the first one with the second one 2/3 of the way done. When trying on the first sock (knitted top down) I discovered that I don't care for the 'feel' of the sock. I like the yarn (merino & silk), but I think perhaps a size 3 needle was too large to make the sock comfortable.

What size needle do most of you use when knitting socks? On my next pair, I think I will go down a size, or more, depending on the responses from you who have more experience than I do in sock knitting. Thanks for any suggestions you may have.
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Old 02-07-2010, 07:01 PM   #2
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The size of needle you use depends on the fabric you want to create...

When i get some yarn i want to make socks out of, i get my needles out and start swatching and when i get to the fabric i want, thats the needle i use..

When I first started knitting socks, (been a day or two ago..LOL) It was told to start swatching with a needle 1 or 2 sizes smaller than the yarn lable suggests.

I have knit a WHOLE lot of socks and by now know what fabric i want. Look at the socks you have made before that feel good to your feet and take a good look at the fabric.

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Old 02-07-2010, 08:30 PM   #3
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Depends on the yarn, but for finger weight sock yarn I usually use a size 1.
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:37 AM   #4
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I usually use a two, or whichever size the pattern suggests (usually a 2 or 3 for the kids' socks). I have some new yarn in from Holland that may require a 4.
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I just finished my first pair of socks last week. Used Berroco and size 1's casting on 64 stitches (instructions from sock class). Next time I'm going to try 0's and cast on 60 because they are a bit too loose. I can still wear them, but they could be tighter.
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I seem to only use size 2s (2.75 or 3.00) or 3s (3.25). I can't for the life of me ever seeing me be able to knit a sock with size 0s or 1s. I must knit tightly.
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Old 02-08-2010, 11:57 AM   #7
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I knit all my socks on size 1, they fit me the best that way.
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Old 02-08-2010, 12:15 PM   #8
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For fingering weight I always use 2.25 mm, for DK weight, 3.25mm
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I must knit very loose because I did my last sock on size 1 needles and the socks are too big around. I bought size 0, and that's what I'm trying next.
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For those of you who are having socks fit too loosely after they are done, you may consider going a size smaller and using a sock guide for the length of the foot tube. This is purely from observation with no real data to back it up, just an idea, really.
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