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What thickness of wool would work well with 5mm needles?

(15 Posts)
TooTicky Tue 21-Aug-07 14:51:33

Prefer thicker as I am a slow knitter...

PrettyCandles Tue 21-Aug-07 14:52:34

DK (double knit) or chunky, I think.

TooTicky Tue 21-Aug-07 14:56:24


Tamum Tue 21-Aug-07 15:02:14

Hello TooTicky Glad the pattern arrived at last! I have to disagree (sorry Prettycandles)- most double knit will come out quite lacy on 5mm and chunky could be a bit too dense. I would aim for aran personally.

TooTicky Tue 21-Aug-07 15:03:06

Aran? Ah. <nods wisely in a duncelike way>

Miaou Tue 21-Aug-07 15:03:51

chunky would be best unless you want a pretty loose knit.

Tamum Tue 21-Aug-07 15:04:26

Most yarn will say either DK or aran or 4 ply or chunky on the ball band, so you should be alright

Miaou Tue 21-Aug-07 15:04:53

oops, I bow to tamum's opinion (she is a more experienced knitter than me!)

womblingalong Tue 21-Aug-07 15:05:19

Hey TooTicky,

Aran weight prob best. I like Rowan all seasons cotton on this size of needle.

Tamum Tue 21-Aug-07 15:06:36

Oh nooo, you could be right Miaou. Stuff like Rowan Summer Tweed and All Seasons cotton is classed as aran (usually) and knits on 5mm needles, but you're right that there are other arans that are usually done on 4.5mm <backtracks in case>

Tamum Tue 21-Aug-07 15:07:14

Wow, two mentions of All Seasons cotton in about 3 nanoseconds.

TooTicky Tue 21-Aug-07 15:10:44

I am in awe of you all. I just can't hold facts like this in my head.

PrettyCandles Tue 21-Aug-07 15:11:15

I bow to everyone else's opinion.

I'm the sort of knitter who just goes ahead with whatever she's got. The pattern said 4mm needles, but my 4mm needles are currently the armature for one of ds1's inventions, so I'll do it on 3.5mm needles. The pattern said XXX wool, but I like this YYY wool better. And so on! Seem to work out OK most of the time.

But not everyone's as slapdash as me LOL.

thechickenlady Tue 21-Aug-07 15:31:25

My Debbie Bliss Baby Knits for Beginners book tells me that aran is knitted on 4.5 or 5mm needles.

Most of the aran stuff I've knitted from it is on 5mm needles.

TooTicky Tue 21-Aug-07 15:54:28

PC, I work that way with cooking, but knitting is such a commitment it scares me a little!

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