Shifting Gears: From Small to Big

By Ann Shayne
September 10, 2019

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  • My hands ands fingers hurt if I knit with needles bigger than 8. That has been the case for many years, even when I was much younger than I am now. But I’m enjoying seeing these patterns and hearing about knitting with bulky yarn. I just have to avoid it.

    • Sadly, so do mine! There are so many cute, quick projects out there – and in this field guide – but if I can’t manage it on a US8 (or preferably smaller than a US6), it’s not for me. Mind you – I do love looking at them!! And they can be such statement pieces.

  • I love this post, and I love seeing the fat stitches that look so amazing! I am going to make this!

  • Why not make the same patterns in DK but do the maths to get the size right, it might help sore hands.
    Just a thought why call it Magic loop when in fact you make two loops. When I realized this the method worked for me.

  • I am a HUGE fan of big yarn, big needles so I’m in 7th heaven with Field Guide No 12 (mine arrived yesterday and I’ve already started Brambleberry Cowl). Can’t wait for my Lopi to arrive so I can swatch for Main Squeeze Cardi!!! And now I know what to tag on IG 😉 Thx Ann, Kay, & Jen for giving me Big Joy!!!

  • I have heard of knitters who have trouble with big needles. Not me. In fact, in the first few years of my knitting journey “13” was my very favorite needle size! I have the opposite problem. Knitting small circumferences on small needles makes my hands cramp up. Perhaps paradoxically, I am also a loose knitter who generally has to go down 2 needle sizes to get gauge. (For example, I knit worsted weight socks on size 2 or 3 needles.) So, despite what Kay says about “gauge is gauge is gauge” no matter the needle size, I generally avoid patterns that call for anything less than a size 3 needle, as that means a size 1 for me…and 1 is as low as I am willing to go! That said, I totally understand the Alice-in-Wonderland feeling that comes from switching to large circumference needles to small or vice-versa!