Knitting needles size

Hi all its been a long time since i was on the forum . Have not been doing a lot of knitting actually none . Decided to start again . i have a question . i was given a complete set of straight knitting needles . I have no idea if they are us ,or metric and i do not know how to tell . The needles are in a nice case and start at 3.50 4.0,4.50 5,5.0 and go to 8.00. Would these be metric needles or us . They do not say MM on the size . i do not want to start a project and pick the wrong needle .size . thanks

US sizes don’t have a 3.5 as far as I know. None of my sets do. These are probably metric, but here’s a chart that might help. You could also get size gauge. I use mine all the time.

This is the gauge I have, but there are a whole lot more.

I have another question . I dont know if there is an answer . Is there one good all round yarn to buy for knitting hats and scarves and simple things like doll clothes . I know every pattern suggests what yarn to buy but i am not able to buy alot of yarn thats expensive . or even find a lot of different types . i usually shop walmart . I have a set of needles and see many free patterns to try . I appreciate any help

I never shop at Walmart so I don’t know what type of yarn is available. I knit twice a week in my local yarn store so I buy there as well, but you’re right it is more expensive. They carry different brands than stores like Walmart, Hobby Lobby, etc.

Basically your question is what yarns can you sub for the suggested yarns though right? That is more easily answered than exact brands.

Most yarns also have a number on the label which is a good place to start. DK yarn is a 3, worsted is a 4, etc. They will also include the gauge/tension. Look at the gauge and choose a yarn that is the same or very close. I rarely use the yarn suggested.

What weight yarn you use most is kind of personal choice, too. There are patterns in all gauges. I personally prefer to use worsted weight for most things, but occasionally use finer. I’m not sure I’ve ever used bulky. So look at the patterns you most like and see what to look for.

One other thing you may already know. Keep in mind the care info. For example 100% wool is only hand wash unless it’s superwash. For the hats I make for charity I usually use a washable blend. For chemo caps also use a blend, but one that is very soft with no wool.

I don’t know anything about doll clothes. Sorry.

Jan so what exactly do the label numbers mean . Sorry i am so green .i thought you could use any yarn on any pattern as long as you used the correct size needles

Jan so what exactly do the label numbers mean . Sorry i am so green .i thought you could use any yarn on any pattern as long as you used the correct size needles

Do you mean the gauge? Unless the pattern tells you to do otherwise a gauge swatch is measured over a stockinette square you knit. Since most gauges are counted over 4" so you’d cast on enough for 5" and knit about 5". Then you use a gauge or metal ruler to measure how many stitches in the 4". I usually measure 2". Unless it’s really important to the pattern I don’t worry about row count since that’s easy to adjust usually. Does this help?

Here’s a couple links that might help, too. They will explain visually what the numbers mean better.

Thanks jan for the info . I will review each link . The numbers I was referring to were the ones in your previous post . You said Dk yarn was a 3 and worsted was a 4 etc . I never saw this b4 or noticed it .i went through the links you sent very interesting. where does it say how many PLY . the pattern says use 12 ply . Is there a relationship between those numbers between 0 and 6 and the Ply number in the pattern or is there a chart that tells me the number for the ply

Those numbers are just a quick and easy way to see what weight the yarn is. So if you go into Walmart or wherever and you need worsted weight yarn you look for the #4 on the label. The gauge on the label will just help narrow it down further. Even yarns all labeled with the same number can vary a little in gauge. But this makes it easier than going through every skein in the store. :thumbsup:

Ply is not a useful measure of gauge/weight anymore. If you ply together 3 plies of lace weight it’s going to be a lot thinner than 3 plies of worsted weight. See what I mean? Go by the gauge.

Here’s a link about plys.

And here’s some basic, standard yarn weight/gauge info.