What Size Cross Stitch Needle Do I Use?

Have you ever wondered what size cross stitch needle you need?
Unfortunately, there’s not an exact science to choosing, however, the generally accepted size chart is below:

Aida Cloth Gauge Needle Size
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

Do you prefer a smaller needle (higher number) than the above table suggests? (it can help you cross stitch faster). To do so, drop in needle size by one size only, anything more will slip in the Aida cloth.