I was knitting with a friend awhile back when she made a comment about speedy knitting. Her theory is that everyone has a sweet spot – a spot at which they knit their fastest.
The sweet spot isn’t necessarily related to the biggest gauge, or the smoothest needles. It’s a point where, for whatever reason, the yarn and needle combination make for fast knitting.
Her sweet spot is US 5 or 6 needles, my sweet spot seems to be US 8 or 9’s. Worked with worsted or aran weight yarn I’m SPEEDY! I get a bit slower when handling bigger yarn and needles, same for smaller needles.
But if I were to test, with the same brand needles, and the same type of yarn (merino, for instance is way faster than cotton at any gauge) and the same pattern – I’m quite sure I’m fastest with the worsted/aran/US8/US9 combo.
What about you? Do you think that every knitter has a sweet spot? What’s yours?