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mominpink@yahoo.com
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Posted - 07/27/2007 :  08:48:51 AM  Show Profile Send mominpink@yahoo.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What is the smallest needle size you use to knit a sock with worsted weight yarn?

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PBELKNAP
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Posted - 07/27/2007 :  09:26:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit PBELKNAP's Homepage Send PBELKNAP a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've used size 6 with good results.

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khoff
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Posted - 07/27/2007 :  09:39:16 AM  Show Profile Send khoff a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The sock-shaped book "Knit Socks" recommends using a # 3 needle with worsted-weight yarn for a very dense, durable knit. I'm using #3s now with yarn that says "50g. - 104 yd. size 7 4.5 st/inch" -- I'm not sure if this is considered worsted weight or something lighter, but it's fine on the #3s.
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mokey
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Posted - 07/27/2007 :  09:44:39 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
4.5mm I originally tried the 4mm but it was too tight. I prefer the 5mm for worsted socks.

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KS
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Posted - 07/27/2007 :  09:47:29 AM  Show Profile Send KS a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I used a size 4 with Elann's Peruvian Highland. I'd consider going down to a 3 next time. As a point of reference, I knit sock wieght yarns on size 0 or 1.

KS
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mominpink@yahoo.com
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Posted - 07/27/2007 :  09:50:12 AM  Show Profile Send mominpink@yahoo.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for your replies. I'm using a 3 and getting a pretty good fabric with my swatch. I'm trying another in a size 2. I was just curious to know what works for you all.

Monica
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elkymama
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USA
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Posted - 07/27/2007 :  3:39:41 PM  Show Profile Send elkymama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Is Lion Brand Fisherman considered worsted weight?
I made a pair of boot socks from it using size 2 needles. I can't recall my exact gauge, but I do recall that my son liked wearing the socks because he could not feel the purl ridges under his feet.
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kjwajerski
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USA
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Posted - 07/27/2007 :  4:05:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit kjwajerski's Homepage Send kjwajerski a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I usually use a size 3 (US) when using WoolEase. I knit pretty close to gauge so it's not a tight knit but I like it a lot better than size 4s.

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metromaples
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Posted - 07/27/2007 :  6:47:13 PM  Show Profile Send metromaples a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would use a 3 with worsted weight yarn.

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spielerd
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Posted - 07/28/2007 :  12:22:52 AM  Show Profile Send spielerd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use 4s for the leg and 3s for the heel and foot. I've done 5 pairs with worsted weight yarn this way and it's worked out great.

Debby
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Tracye
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USA
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Posted - 07/28/2007 :  08:40:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit Tracye's Homepage  Send Tracye a Yahoo! Message Send Tracye a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am currently knitting a pair of socks out of worsted weight with size 5 - 5 inch Bryspun needles. They are going to be very cozy for this winter

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crzyboutyarn
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Posted - 07/28/2007 :  10:33:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit crzyboutyarn's Homepage Send crzyboutyarn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use a size 6 alson

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elizf
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Posted - 07/28/2007 :  3:34:02 PM  Show Profile Send elizf a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am making a pair right now (half way thru the 2nd sock!) with two circs. I am using size 4 for the instep, and size 3 for the heel and bottom of the foot. At the toes I switched to magic looping on the size 3.

I like the dense fabric I get with the 3, and hope it will be more durable since there is no nylon in this worsted weight yarn. However the size 3 fabric has no stretch or give, which is why I went with the size 4 for the top of the foot.

Liz
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joan8904@aol.com
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Posted - 07/28/2007 :  3:45:23 PM  Show Profile Send joan8904@aol.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A bit off topic, but realted to Worsted Weight Yarn socks.

I'm relatively new to sock knitting and have only used sock weight yarns so far.

When you make socks from the Worsted Yarn, can you wear those socks with your 'regular' shoes or would you need to go up a half a size?

joan
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cabbagehead
Warming Up

Canada
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Posted - 07/28/2007 :  6:42:54 PM  Show Profile Send cabbagehead a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Joan,

I don't knit socks with worsted for that reason; I can't fit into my normal shoes. Anything heavier than fingering usually becomes my comfie home socks.
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elizf
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Posted - 07/29/2007 :  8:06:23 PM  Show Profile Send elizf a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a pair of clogs that have stretched out so much that I have to wear thick socks with them or they won't stay on my feet. Thus the worsted woeght socks.

Liz
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