Popular Knitting Needle Sizes

Figure 1-3:

Needles come in a variety of sizes.

American Metric ] 0 2 mm

4 mm

5 mm

9 mm

10 mm

If you're reading a pattern that was written in Europe or you're reading the suggested needle size from a yarn label printed outside the United States, take note of whether the needle sizes are given in metric or US form. That way, you'll be sure to use the right size.

If you're having trouble deciding which size needle is right for the yarn you've chosen, check out Table 1-1 to help guide you to the right needles.

Filling Your Knitting Bag with Other Gadgets

Some people have absolutely every accessory for their craft. Others wander around with their stuff tossed into a grocery sack. And while I adore looking at someone's beautifully styled knitting bag with matching needle holder and cellphone cozy, I also admire the less-is-more approach; you can knit happily for years with a simple bag, a couple pairs of needles, and whatever yarn comes your way. And for the most part, you don't need specialized tools (see Chapter 17 for ways to MacGyver your knitting with everyday items).

Think for a moment about what you knit and where you knit it. If you mainly knit socks during your commute on the bus, you'll need a small bag to hold your project — likely something that tucks into your purse (or is your purse). If you're knitting a bulky Fair Isle sweater at home in front of the fire, however, you don't have to worry about carrying things around, in which case you might use a large basket to hold your work-in-progress and extra yarns. Realistically, if you fall for knitting in a big way, you'll have a sock in your purse, the basket by the fire, a simple scarf waiting by the TV, and maybe something stashed in the car for some sort of knitting emergency. Wherever you knit, the following sections list some tools that come in handy.

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