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Ceil
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Posted - 10/23/2008 :  8:51:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Has anyone noticed a difference in gauge when using the same yarn on bamboo vs. steel needles? It seems my stitches are smaller on steel than on bamboo. Or am I just imagining things?

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Mickey
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Posted - 10/23/2008 :  9:39:08 PM  Show Profile Send Mickey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
nope, this time you're not dreaming ;-) What your needles are made of does have an effect on your gauge. Because the yarn clings to some materials and glides off others, because you may hold one kind of needles harder than others, etc
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Gelliott
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Posted - 10/23/2008 :  9:51:28 PM  Show Profile Send Gelliott a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It does make a difference for me.
I knit more tightly with more slippery (metal) needles than with same-sized needles that "grab" the yarn (wood, bamboo, some plastic). I don't do this consciously while I am knitting, but I have noticed it after the fact.


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2totangle
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Posted - 10/26/2008 :  3:40:41 PM  Show Profile Send 2totangle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yup, same for me. I've actually switched needle types rather than sizes to get gauge when I was close but not spot-on. I also find that my gauge on lace is more consistent with bamboo than metal.

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kidknits
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Posted - 10/26/2008 :  4:56:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit kidknits's Homepage Send kidknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
And not just different needle materials: using needles of the same material (bamboo), I have different gauges using circulars vs double points vs straights (sometimes in the same piece of work!).

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simple knitter
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Posted - 10/26/2008 :  5:18:17 PM  Show Profile  Send simple knitter a Yahoo! Message Send simple knitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It happens to every one, I think I was more relaxed when knitting on Bamboo, sounds weird but is true, my stiches weren't so tight and the pattern looked better
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Lanea
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Posted - 10/27/2008 :  07:35:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Me too--I knit more tightly on metal than wood or bamboo.

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Knit n go
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Posted - 10/27/2008 :  10:58:53 AM  Show Profile Send Knit n go a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've noticed it too. I thought I had the guage worked out for WIP sweater, but had used different needles to swatch than for knitting it.

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Wen
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Posted - 11/01/2008 :  5:47:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Not for me, my tension is not affected by the needles. However I do knit looser on big needles than I do on small ones probably because I have been using up to 4mm for 30 years and 12mm rarely over the past 3 or 4.

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achrisvet
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Posted - 11/04/2008 :  8:32:36 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is funny because I knit tighter on wood than metal. It seems to be the opposite for the rest of you.

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Posted - 11/18/2008 :  08:06:00 AM  Show Profile  Visit pjkite's Homepage  Send pjkite a Yahoo! Message Send pjkite a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Nope, Anita - I was reading the earlier postings and thinking "but I'm just the opposite!" I knit much looser on metal needles than on bamboo or wood ones. And the longer I knit the looser my stitches get on all needles! I now have to knit socks on size 0 needles to get the same gauge I used to do on size 2's! On the good side, though, my hands no longer hurt after a half-hour or so of knitting.

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