Friday, October 17, 2008

Wrong Size Needles

I wanted to make socks. I was reading they often are knit on size 2 or 3 needles.

I had to go to Joanne's for some fabric and picked up a set of double pointed needles in size 2 and size 3. I thought I was all set.

I went to the local yarn shop and bought a skein of Opal sock yarn. I thought I was all set. I had looked at a lot of sock yarn and a lot of labels and finally just grabbed one and bought it.

When I got home I realized the entire label is written in German. Great. The visual key shows knitting needles and a crochet hook and says "2, 5". What the heck does that mean? Does that mean size 2 needle or is there a 2.5 needle? Joanne's carried Clover brand bamboo needles and there was no 2.5 size.

I just read on an online yarn shop site that other Opal sock yarns require a size 1 needle.

I have no clue what this yarn needs but if it is a size 1 or size 2.5 double pointed needle I don't have what I need.


My set of circular needles starts at size 6 and goes up to size 13.

Just had to share that.

(I finished knitting a hat last night for a gift for a friend. I am ready to start a new project and need to figure something else to knit tonight while I watch a movie at home with my younger son.)

One last thing this exact question is perfect for asking on I have been searching to see what others are saying about knitting socks with Opal yarn but so far am not learning much.

1 comment:

livnletlrn said...

The needle size on the label is only a *suggestion.* Totally depends on the knitter. I knit socks on size 2 needles. Try that. Worst thing that can happen is you'll need to switch to larger/smaller later, but at least it won't get in your way now.

There are US and metric needle sizes:

Label symbol info:

Opal is good standard sock yarn. Middle of the road. Holds up well.

(btw, this message is not intended to be terse; I'm just on my way out the door, so wanted to post answers quickly.) Enjoy!