Knitting/needle size

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Question
what size needles should I use for 4ply wool

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My automatic response to you is that if you are using a pattern, then go with the needle size suggested in the pattern, making sure your gauge matches the one given in the pattern.

In general, for a 4ply yarn you want to use a needle size that when knitted will give you 32 - 26 stitches to every 4 inches (10cm).

Doing some pattern research I noticed that 2.5mm or 2.75mm seem to be common needle sizes when working with 4ply yarn, but so much depends on what you are knitting, how loose or tight you want your stitches to be and if you are naturally a loose or tight knitter.

Sorry to be so vague, but there are no fast and hard rules about what size needles go with what yarns. Everything is just a suggestion. I guess that is both the blessing and the curse of the knitting world.

I hope this helps.

-Michelle

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I can help beginning knitters sort out things like needle sizes, types of yarns to use and good starter patterns. Willing to translate some difficult patterns into plain English when clarification is needed. Recommendation of books and websites to learn new techniques. Sometimes you just need that friend to remind you that knitting is not about perfection and that you will get through that project that feels like its taking forever to complete.

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A self-taught knitter who has been knitting for over 16 years. I have taught beginner knitting classes as well as some loom knitting classes in the past. I have taught at Michael's Craft store as a knitting instructor and have done private lessons as well. I enjoy knitting in public and am rarely found without my knitting needles or crochet hook sticking out of my purse. My favorite items to knit are baby blankets and scarves.

Organizations
Member of the International Old Lacers Inc. (IOLI). Member of Lacey Ladies of Arizona.

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Yarn Companies I've Designed for: North American Suri Company Made In America Yarns Galler Yarns Premier Yarns Sanguine Gryphon (now defunct) Design published in: Knitscene Accessories 2012

Education/Credentials
Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Theater Arts. Nine years as a professional costume designer.

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