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Topic: What size needle should I use for two strands of Cascade Ecological Wool  (Read 443 times)
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« on: April 04, 2009 11:39:41 AM »

held together? I am trying to make a garter stitch jacket and want to make sure that the garter stitch looks neat and does not have those ladders that I see on some people's garter stitch.
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2009 02:00:11 PM »

Well the general guide I hear most is to take the recommended needle size in millimeters for each strand of yarn and add them. In this case it's two strands of a yarn that is recommended on 9s or 10s, so 5.5mm or 6mm. So that would lead to 11 or 12mm so a US 15 (10mm) or 17 (12mm).

That said, I prefer to use only about two-thirds of the sum, so I'd try a US 11 (8mm) or 13 (9mm). The answer is, of course, to swatch and see which needle gives you the look you want. With a doubled worsted I've used US 10.5 (for seed stitch and garter), 11 (for cables), and 13 (also for cables), and in a case when I wanted something stiff for a hat brim, US 8 (garter).
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