Posted by: GourmetGirl | August 17, 2010

Yarn and Needles

What’s your favorite yarn? Wool? Cotton? Alpaca? A blend?

And the size? Sport? DK? Worsted? Aran? BULKY!??

Choosing the right yarn for a project can make or break its final outcome. And choosing the size of needles will play a big part, too.

My general feeling about mixing yarn and needles: 1). The smaller the needle size, the happier the final project. 2) Keeping to 100% natural fiber or blend of natural fibers the happier the final project.

Yarn can be a personal choice. Cotton over wool to wear more times in a  year. Or the love of the soft spin of alpaca can win over at other times. Your needle size, however, can make you happier for the final project.

It is easy to obtain roughly the same gauge over 2 or 3 different needle sizes. The smallest needle size will cause your fabric to stretch less. Too tight it becomes rigid and too loose it can be saggy and baggy.

If you can find the patience: knit up 3 swatches with the same yarn using 3 different needle sizes. Block, dry and test the stretch. The time spent on matching up your needle size to your yarn can bring  you happiness with your final project.

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