Edit July 2014: maximum numbers have now been added to the table below.
Edit: As knitsnwovens‘ comment points out (thanks for catching my blip!), the table below actually lists the minimum number of stitches that each circ will accommodate, so I’m amending this post.
You know when you run across those notes on little scrap pieces of paper and you say, “Hey, I’ve been looking for that!” And at the time you scribble them down, think, “I’ll remember where I got this!”
Well, I just ran across this one, and with apologies, I do not remember the source. If anyone knows who the original author is, please let me know so I can give credit here (I’m pretty sure it came from a book).
This table lists the minimum (min) and maximum (max) number of sts that will fit different circular needles at the stated gauges. The minimums are the least you should consider for each needle; to avoid stretching the work unnecessarily, it is recommended that more than the absolute minimum number of stitches be worked on any given size needle.
|Gauge sts/in||16″ [41cm] min / max||24″ [61cm] min / max||29″ [74cm] min / max||36″ [91cm]min / max||60″ [152cm]min / max|
|5||80 / 160||120 / 240||145 / 290||180 / 360||300 / 600|
|6||100 / 200||140 / 280||175 / 350||215 / 430||360 / 720|
|7||110 / 220||170 / 340||205 / 410||250 / 500||420 / 840|
|8||130 / 260||190 / 380||230 / 460||290 / 580||480 / 960|
|9||140 / 280||220 / 440||260 / 520||325 / 650||540 / 1080|