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:

 

Aida Needle
6 count 18
10 count 22
14 count 24
16 count 26
18 count 28
20 count 24 petite
22 count 26 petite
24 count 28 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.