Jun 30, 2013

Difference in sizes

Teddy Bears in PJ
Teddy Bears in PJ is one of my favorite toys to knit. I made many of them over the years, and each and every single one of them is different.

Usually, I use the DPN size US # 3/3.25mm, which is the size I recommended in my pattern.
While I was working on the teddy bears for school project I experimented with needle sizes.
I wanted to see if there will be a significant increase in size if I use different needle sizes.
In the picture you can see two teddy bears in PJ. I have used the same yarn, the same number of stitches and rows, just two different needle sizes.

Teddy bear on left is done in US # 3/3.25mm and teddy bear on right is done in US # 5/3.75mm.
As you can see, the difference is really small. The teddy bear on right is slightly taller and wider.
If the toy knitting pattern suggest needle size and you do not own them, don't worry, use the needle size you have, or you prefer to use. Just make sure that the stitches are small enough and stuffing is not sticking out and pose risk, especially for small children.

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