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bichonmad Wed 02-Apr-14 12:10:50

hello all i wonder if you experienced knitters on here could advise a basic knitter,i have just got a pattern for a lovely sweater in one of those new wools that are very popular, I got home and went to check my needles and realised that it will need size 7 pins i can only find one that size shock i have 7.5 would i be able to use those or should i buy size 7s,will it make a big differance thank you for your help smile

shysal Wed 02-Apr-14 12:15:38

You could use the 7 and one 7.5 as a pair. Check your tension first though, you might get away with it.

bichonmad Wed 02-Apr-14 12:19:42

thank you shysal once again you came to my rescue, i will knit in the garden while listening to the green woodpecker in the tree in the field at the bottom of my garden wink

rosequartz Wed 02-Apr-14 15:55:10

hmm I think I would buy a pair of size 7 (4.5mm) in case it comes out uneven if you use 2 different sizes.

You could do a couple of test pieces if you have a pair of 4mm (8) or 5mm (6) - it would depend if you are a loose or tight knitter.

It would be awful to knit a garment and then not be able to wear it, especially as yarn is expensive.

annodomini Wed 02-Apr-14 16:55:46

I would never use odd needles in case the result came out wonky.

TwiceAsNice Wed 02-Apr-14 20:38:13

The best way is to use the odd needles and knit a tension square as advised in the pattern. If the tension is right it will work. If the tension does not match but is the tension you produce as an individual knitter the pattern will advise you what size to change to.

Marelli Thu 17-Apr-14 15:48:39

Does anyone know which yarn should be used with 3mm and 2.75 needles? Is it 4-ply?

rosequartz Thu 17-Apr-14 15:57:02 Does this help?

Unless you want it denser and tighter, eg for socks I would think.

glammanana Thu 17-Apr-14 15:57:12

marelli I think you are right as at the moment I am using 3.25mm & 4mm to do Poppy's doggy jumpers in Double Knitting.

Marelli Thu 17-Apr-14 16:06:43

That's useful link, rosequartz, thank you. glamma, I'm wanting to knit this lovely jumper out of a magazine, but the yarn's supposed to be Debbie Bliss and it's really expensive. I've got the needles so I've had a look on a very good website for yarn but just not sure which one to go for. confused

rosequartz Thu 17-Apr-14 16:11:33

One day I am going to knit something in Debbie Bliss yarn!

Marelli Thu 17-Apr-14 16:22:56

I've been having a look on ebay wink! Sorted!

Marelli Thu 17-Apr-14 16:25:52

I've knitted with it, rosequartz, and it's lovely stuff to work with, if a bit on the expensive side! Shouldn't advertise - well, I'm not really - but found the exact stuff (Debbie Bliss) on ebay, so it should work out ok!

Galen Thu 17-Apr-14 17:11:47

I've just bought 4 balls of Debbie Bliss Rialto to try to crochet a cardigan for DGD

rosequartz Thu 17-Apr-14 17:16:09

The trouble is, I see yarn and buy it and can never keep up with the knitting of it!

I may just look for some Debbie Bliss - does it wash well? (although that will not be my problem.)

Nelliemoser Thu 17-Apr-14 18:11:44

rosequartz that wool size chart is useful.

Marelli Thu 17-Apr-14 18:51:01

It does wash well, rosequartz. It's handwash only (mainly, I think), but it keeps its shape ok.

rosequartz Thu 17-Apr-14 20:28:29

May buy some, but will need to knit two (little garments). I already have about 3 lots sitting waiting to be knitted ...

J52 Thu 17-Apr-14 20:33:31

Debbie Bliss yarn is lovely to knit with. It is mostly natural; silk, cashmere and merino. I have noticed that our local JL is no longer stocking it! I wonder why? X

granjura Fri 25-Apr-14 14:11:27

Just had a look on John Lewis's website, out of curiosity, and the definitely still have Debbie Bliss J52- so you can order it. Looks really good.

I am sure the wool and sewing shop in Market Harborough would order it for you too.

Oh and enjoy the sunshine smile