Hello fellow knitters!
I wonder if anyone could suggest some patterns, or a site, where I can find sweater/cardigan patterns that use a minimum of a 8mm needle? 9 & 10mm would be even better. I am limited to what I am able to do, because of Degenerative Disc Disease in my neck I have found that if I want to continue to knit/crochet I have to use super bulky weight yarn (or 2 yarns together) and large needles. This has cut down on the amount of items I am able to do - and I have done enough blankets, throws and scarves. There must be something out there to wear that uses the larger yarns & needles? I have 2 books, called “Learn to do Big Needle Knitting” (American School of Needlework) but there are only 2 sweaters and I can only do so much with those.
I have some beautiful yarns that I am so wanting to use…:knitting:
Hello fellow knitters!
Join ravelry.com and you can search the pattern database, by needle size, gauge, yarn weight and any other parameter you can thing of.
Thank you - I actually subscribed to ravelry last night when I signed up here! I will go see what I can find over there. :doh:
If you go to www.lionbrand.com and do a Search for “Speed Stix” that brings up about 20 patterns for size 50 needles (US size). These needles are about the same thickness as a broomstick and HUGE!!!
There’s also a booklet called “Quick Knits with Speed Stix” (by Lion Brand). There are some patterns here for sweaters, afghans and rugs with the huge needles.
I subscribe to Lion Brand and have checked their site - the speed sticks are a bit large - I would like to make clothing that I can actually wear, sweaters & jackets and such. I have found about 3 patterns that actually look decent, so I am always on the look out for more. I seem to do well with 8mm and 9mm needles.
Instead of lookingat speed stix patterns, check out the bulky yarns - WE Thick and Quick and Homespun and there’s a couple others. Lion shows patterns using those yarns which will be done on 8 and 9 mm needles, you don’t have to use the same yarn, another bulky will work fine.
So that’s a US 11-13 for those of us here. I’m metric challenged and have to look them up. :lol:
For those size needles you’d probably be using bulky or super bulky yarns. Here’s a few I know use that weight yarn and usually large needles. There are dozens more.
Shalom Cardigan- at the right under her profile you can download it. It says smaller needles, but I know some have used the bigger ones.
I found some more patterns after I dug through my booklet collection. Here are 3 that I found:
#1 - The Big Book of Quick Knit Sweaters (from Leisure Arts) This has sweaters and vests with about 9-10 using the size needles you need. This isn’t really a book - it’s a booklet.
#2 - Knitted Sweaters for Her (from Better Homes and Gardens) This has just 1 sweater (the one on the cover) using large needles.
#3 - The Learn to Knit a Sweater Book (from Lion Brand/ American School of Needlework) This is both a learn-to-knit booklet AND a how to make a sweater booklet. All but 1 of these use bigger needles.
I forgot I had these. Now I’m gonna “have to” find something to get started on myself!!!
Also Twinkles Big City Knits is all bulky patterns. I got it from the library.
I was going to say everything everyone else already has:) .