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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Kitty: Help on Knitting Needle Conversions

Several months ago, I purchased several sets of knitting needles, crochet hooks, and odds and in from the UK. Since then I have been going crazy trying to keep it strait whether they are new metric or old uk knitting needles. Then to confuse the situation, I started picking up Japanese needles as well. Yes I have two needle guides, but several of the needles just don't fit any of the gauges. So I wondered why and started to do research. I have compiled four charts; Aluminum or plastic Crochet Hooks, Steel Crochet Hooks, Modern Knitting Needles (US, UK, Japan, and Metric), and Old Knitting Needles (US, UK, and Metric) . It looks like the UK has changed there crochet and knitting needle size standard 4 times through history. I could only find concrete reference to what is considered old UK and Modern UK. So if you see any problems or know of any additions that I should add. Please let me know. Conversion Charts

2 comments:

  1. Actually, you missed Canadian Knitting needles.

    Metric (mm) Canada
    2.0 14
    2.25 13
    2.75 12
    3.0 11
    3.25 10
    3.5 -
    3.75 9
    4.0 8
    4.5 7
    5.0 6
    5.5 5
    6.0 4
    6.5 3
    7.0 2
    7.5 1
    8.0 0
    9.0 00
    10.0 000
    12.0 -
    16.0 -
    19.0 -
    25.0 -

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  2. Well, one of the problems you may be running into are the old European Needle markings. From and old chart I have here is the break down on the chart.

    European Range Metric Range
    - 1.75 mm
    2 2 mm
    2.5 (both) 2.25 mm
    2.75 mm
    3 3 mm
    3.5 (both) 3.25 mm
    3.75 mm
    4 4 mm
    4.5 4.5 mm
    5 5 mm
    5.5 5.5 mm
    6 6 mm
    6.5 6.5 mm
    7 7 mm
    7.5 7.5 mm
    8 8 mm
    9 9 mm
    19 10 mm

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