What Size Cross Stitch Needle To Use?

Have you ever wondered what cross stitch or tapestry needle you need?
Sadly, there’s no exact answer to this, however the accepted size chart is below:

 

AidaNeedle
6 count18
10 count22
14 count24
16 count26
18 count28
20 count24 petite
22 count26 petite
24 count28 petite

 

However, there are a lot of people that prefer a smaller needle (higher number) than the above table suggests, as it can allow for faster cross stitching. In which case, drop by one size only, as anything more will slip in the aida.