Pattern circular needles not available in wood


#1

I have a layette pattern that requires 4.25 mm circular needles that I cannot find… Well, I found them on line, in metal needles, but not wood. My local wool store says they do not exist. Pattern is "“Lullaby Layette in Lion”. It’s a free pattern I picked up in Love Knitting. It’s for the blanket and is the only needle used… Can I use a different size circular, perhaps, but do I go up or down…
:thinking:. Any help is appreciated…


#2

Have u done a gauge swatch yet? It could be that you would need a different size that is available in wood. There is no “knitting police” that says you “have to” use wood every time. It depends on what u like.

Also, going up or down depends on whether u want the blanket to look looser or tighter. If you want it to look tighter, then use a smaller needle. If u want it to be a little looser than go with a size or 2 larger.

Hth,
Knitcindy


#3

UAlso wondering if there’s a particular reason that u need wood??? I know Clover makes lots of different sizes in bamboo. I’ve seen them at JoAnn Fabrics stores. That might work.

Knitcindy


#4

Thanks for getting back to me…:blush:. I do have bamboo needles and I love them too. “Wood” to me means any type of wood, including bamboo…:grin:. I’ve just grown accustomed to “wood” versus metal needles… They don’t slip so much… I’ve ordered a metal pair so I’ll have them. I haven’t received my yarn yet, so checking the gauge with the 4/4.5mm needles will have to wait until then. I do have a couple of balls of DK yarn, so I’m going to practice the blanket pattern on that. I’ll try a 4 mm circular and see how it looks… not the same weight, but I’m out of things to knit! :scream: I have to do something so I’ll play with that…


#5

http://www.knitterspride.com/Materialwise-Details.asp?id=4&mcid=1

Basix birch…all sizes. Any bamboo needles come in the size you need and a lot of what is called “wood” is actually bamboo.

And a yarn shop that would flatly tell you they don’t exist isn’t one I’d want to patronize.


#6

Thank you ever so much for the information on the needles!!! I bought a pair of Knitters Pride double pointed needles and quite like them. Will definitely look into this brand next time I need a different size!!! Everyone at Knitting Help is so helpful!!! Thanks again and happy knitting!!!


#7

I’m sure the pattern company wants to make money. They will try to sell you all kinds. There is not much difference in wood needles other than price. A $10 Clover needle compared to a $30 Addi. It’s your preference and your budget. You are the boss of your knitting.