Sunday, May 14, 2006

Just Curious

Margaret, what size needles did you use for your example shawl on your website (the one made in Bird of Paradise cloud 9), do you remember? I'm using a 5.5mm needle (size 9? I think?). I like the result I'm getting, but I think it's a pretty large needle, and I've never thought of myself as a particularly tight knitter, so I'm curious. Anybody else using cloud 9? What size needles are you using?

Kate, enjoying her Mothers' Day...


Blogger fiberfanatic said...


The really important thing is whether you like your fabric! You do, so stick with what you are getting! grin I'm using an 8 with my Cloud 9. When I started over again the third time...sigh...I tried using a size 9 needle and the fabric didn't look right. So, if it looks right for you, your needle is the perfect one for your yarn! THAT is how you tell!


9:50 PM  
Blogger Margaret Pittman/Heritage Yarns said...

I agree with Mary, Kate. I used a size 7 and it was right for me.

Try blocking it out with your fingers to get an idea of how you like the fabric.


10:47 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Oh, I'm not thinking of starting over, not at all! I was just curious as to how my gauge/style/whatever compared to other folks, that's all.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Patrice said...

I just started last night with cloud 9 on a Clover circular 7. I got through chart A and one repeat of B. Checked my gauge and it's a dismal 4-4.5 spi depending on how I stretch it. Since the pattern is calling for 6 spi, I figure I have to go down to a 6 or even a 5. No, I don't like the fabric. It looks flimsy. Are there any other loose knitters out there who are using the same size?

6:03 PM  
Blogger fiberfanatic said...

Patrice, with lace you ignore the gauge given on the yarn. Is it really looking flimsy, or is it looking lacy? I am a loose knitter -- right now I'm knitting a sweater using sport weight yarn on 0 needles to get gauge! My gauge with this is going to be 3.5 spi.


8:00 PM  
Blogger Patrice said...

Mary, It's comforting to know there are others out there who are loose knitters too! I taught myself to knit over 30 years ago and it was a hard lesson to learn that I knitted very different than others.

I've probably made about a dozen lace shawls, but this is the first with something other than laceweight yarn. I am used to seeing the knit stitches formed and defined. Last night I finally was able to get the knit stitches look right by going down to a size 5. It still looks very lacey, but not sloppy. So I am happy with a 5!

10:25 AM  

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