Monday, November 12, 2012

Varying Yarn Weights & Needle Sizes

Woolly Bird pattern
I have been teaching several workshops this fall on creating various ornaments using my patterns, such as the above pattern, Woolly Birds. The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn and size 10.5 needles.

What gets fun is if you change out the yarn weights and use the appropriate size needles for that weight, you get a whole other size bird without any changes to the pattern, such as a smaller bird--perfect ornament size!

When felting, the rule of thumb with needle sizes is go up about 2-3 sizes from what the yarn brand suggests. Below is a chart with the yarn weights and the needle sizes. So if you don't like the original size that my pattern creates, try something new!

Just remember though, if you change the finished size it will effect the embellishing instructions with the pattern. That is, if you make a smaller bird, that new size will need a smaller beak and so forth. But those changes can be very minor.

Don't be afraid to experiment! Let me know if you have any further questions. I am here to help!

Happy knitting!


  1. Thank you! This is wonderful information to have. I have received my pattern AND the skein of Frog Tree yarn and I can not wait to begin making little birds for the tree. I love that I now have the information I need to change the sizes!

  2. It makes the patterns go so much further too. Different sizes for different people!