ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Choose The right Yarn And Knitting Needles

Updated on July 3, 2016

Wall Of Yarn


Purchasing Yarn

Have you ever walked into a yarn shop and just become overwhelmed with the choices offered?

It has happened quite often to me, that being the case I had to learn to be prepared..

If I have a project in mind then I need to know in advance what I need.

What To Do ? What To Do ? So Many Choices

So with list in hand.

You will need to know, what type of yarn to use, consider the weight, the amount, is it washable? who is it for? I have to keep in mind that my daughter is allergic to Angora, many many people are allergic to wool, so it is important to consider that factor as well.

How much do I need? If you are making socks for a baby or a child one Skein may be enough , on the other hand, if you are knitting socks for a woman or man you will need more, also consider the dye lots. It is best to purchase the right amount or even extra, you can, within a reasonable amount of time return any unused skeins. However, if you have not purchased enough, you are taking a risk of not being able to find the same dye lot.. This could result in the color not matching..

Yarn Weights And Textures

Yarn Weights
Needle Size
Average Stitches Per Inch
Super fine
Baby, Fingering, Sock
US 1~3
27 - 32
Baby Sport
US 3~5
DK, Light, Worsted
US 5~7
Afghan, Aran, Worsted
US 7~9
Chunky, Craft, Rug
US 9~11
Super Bulky
Bulky, Roving
US 11 & up

What Size Or Type Knitting Needle Do I Need ?

| Source

Needle Size Conversion Table

Old UK
2 1/2 mm
2 3/4 mm
3 mm
3 1/4 mm
3 1/2 mm
3 1/4 mm
4 mm
4 1/2 mm
5 mm
5 1/2 mm
6 mm
6 1/2
10 1/2
7 mm
7 1/2 mm
8 mm
9 mm
10 mm

How To Buy Knitting Needles

When purchasing needles you will need to know the size , this however, can be difficult to do . The reason for this is that the needle size given in the pattern is determined by the gauge, that the original knitter/tester used when knitting the project. Keep in mind that some knitters will knit tighter or looser than others. So you may need a smaller or larger needle then the pattern suggest. After having knit for awhile this is not a problem for me as I probably have collected and own every size will you.

The needle size is described first, by its diameter and secondly by its length. The stitch size is determined for the most part by the diameter of the knitting needle used to form it, because that affects the length of the yarn-loop drawn through the previous stitch. So, large stitches can be made with large needles, and so then fine knitting requires fine needles.

The length of a needle would therefore,determine how many stitches it can hold at once; for example, a large project such as a shawl or an afghan with hundreds of stitches would require a longer needle than a small project such as a scarf or baby bootie.

Will you be using Straight Needles or Circular Needles. When using circular needles you also need to consider the diameter of the project, are you working in the round? are you using the magic loop method?

Another method of knitting in the round would be to use Double Pointed Needles..often referred to as dpn's.

A cable needle is another type of double-pointed needle that is usually very short and used to hold a very small number of stitches temporarily while the knitter is forming a cable pattern. They are sometimes U-shaped, or they may have a U-shaped bend, this is to keep the held stitches from falling off while the primary needle is being used.

Purchasing Yarn

Do You Have A List When You Head out to purchase Yarn

See results

Selecting Yarn~Many to Choose From


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)