Knitting Needle Size Conversion Chart

Friday, January 3rd, 2014
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Knitting needle size check

I’ve been working on a sweater recently, and needed to figure out some obscure needle size conversions. I found two sites (here and here) that had the information I needed, and I decided to integrate them together for a single, massive conversion chart for American, British and Japanese needles. Here are the fruits of my labour! Hope this is useful to someone.

Metric (mm) US* UK Exact UK diam. (mm)** JP Exact JP diam. (mm) Old US*** (standard needles) Old US*** (steel DPNs)
0.450 26 0.46
0.500 8/0 25 0.51
0.550 24 0.56
0.600 23 0.61
0.650
0.700 22 0.71
0.750 6/0
0.800 21 0.81
0.850
0.900 20 0.91
0.950
1.000 5/0 19 1.02 18
1.125 17
1.250 4/0 18 1.22 16
1.375 17 1.42
1.500 000 15
1.625 16 1.63
1.750 00 15 1.83 14
Metric (mm) US* UK Exact UK diam. (mm)** JP Exact JP diam. (mm) Old US*** (standard needles) Old US*** (steel DPNs)
2.000 0 14 2.03 0 2.1 0 13
2.250 1 13 2.34 12
2.500 1 1 2.4 1
2.750 2 12 2.64 2 2.7 2 11
3.000 2 11 2.95 3 3.0 3 10
3.250 3 10 3.25 4 3.3
3.500 4 5 3.6 4 9
3.750 5 9 3.66 5 8
4.000 6 8 4.06 6 3.9
4.250 7 4.2 6
4.500 7 7 4.47 8 4.5
4.750 9 4.8 7
5.000 8 6 4.88 10 5.1 8
5.250 9
5.500 9 5 5.39 11 5.4
5.750 12 5.7 10
6.000 10 4 5.89 13 6.0
6.250 14 6.3
6.500 10.5 3 6.40 15 6.6 10.5
Metric (mm) US* UK Exact UK diam. (mm)** JP Exact JP diam. (mm) Old US*** (standard needles) Old US*** (steel DPNs)
7.000 2 7.01 7mm 7.0
7.500 1 7.62
8.000 11 0 8.23 8mm 8.0
8.500
9.000 13 00 8.84 9mm 9.0
9.500 000 9.45
10.000 15 4/0 10.16 10mm 10.0
11.000 5/0 10.97
12.000 17 6/0 11.79
13.000 7/0 12.70
14.000 18
15.000
16.000 19
17.000
18.000
19.000 35
20.000
25.000 50

If you have any questions about this chart, leave them in the comments!

* Exact US diameters are the same as the first column (“Metric”).

** Exact UK diameters were retrieved from the Wikipedia entry on Standard Wire Gauge.

*** Old US sizes are from a Boye needle gauge reprinted in 1942.

WIP Week: Somewhat Cowl

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
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Somewhat Cowl

Here’s the progress on my mom’s Somewhat Cowl. I’ve decided that I actually prefer pure stockinette sweaters, because they’re completely brainless and I only ever have to tink back a row if I accidentally forget a raglan increase/decrease. I also really love that this sweater is seamless, because I am currently in seaming hell with my Phildar sweater and it’s encouraging to know I won’t have to go through it with this one.

The seaming is growing on me, though! I love how that sweater is coming out, and if I can find a camera by tomorrow I will show you exactly how awesome a one-armed sweater can be. And once I’ve finished the whole thing, and finished Colchique, and finished a seamless raglan that fits me (keep an eye out for an EZ pattern in the future), I will tell you exactly which process I think is better. I’ve been afraid of knitting a seamless sweater for fear it will be completely structureless, but this Somewhat Cowl is looking really nice so far. Hopefully my mom will like it.

More pictures after the jump.

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Saturday, Pattern Day #28

Saturday, January 5th, 2008
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My apologies, folks, for being absent this past week! I’ve been working hard to finish up my master’s thesis proposal (completed yesterday afternoon) and the Christmas and New Year’s season has also gotten in the way. I’ve got a few posts lined up starting on Monday, and plenty of knitting to show you guys! I’ve started back on Colchique and I’m blocking my swatch for the Somewhat Cowl. I’ve stalled on Orangina due to yarn run-out, but it’ll be back and soon finished once more yarn comes in! And now for your regularly-schedule pattern programming.

If you are knitting or have already knit a pattern that I’m talking about, leave me a comment and I’ll update my post with a link to your version. If you’ve written up a pattern and you want me to link to it, send me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll post it! It makes the list longer and my job easier.

kpkpkpkpkpkp… what? A who where underlying what memory in mammals?

Thursday, October 4th, 2007
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Boring LectureI felt a bit weird knitting in a lecture, seminar series and committee meeting yesterday, so I’m glad that Sarah-Hope recently put up a great post on The Fine Art of Knitting in Meetings.

The best advice here is #1:

Speak up early and intelligently. The best way to keep people from resenting your knitting or viewing it as a distraction is to make it clear from the get-go that you are fully engaged with the non-knitting activity at hand. When I bring my knitting to a meeting, I carefully look for an opportunity to contribute a worthwhile idea or comment early on. Help those around you realize that knitting does not limit your ability to participate.

My addition: A big thing I always do is make eye contact with the presenter/prof/other folks at occasional moments while I’m knitting, even just for a few stitches, which lays it down for them that I’m actually paying attention and that the knitting is automatic. If they think I can knit with my eyes closed, they’ll believe that I can knit and participate in a meeting at the same time.

What tricks do you use?

Once I start my mom’s Somewhat Cowl, it will become the ideal meeting sweater. Not only will it be tiny because it’s for my mom, but it will also be plain stockinette so I would barely have to look down at all. Ribbing doesn’t distract me at all but sometimes cables do, which is where I am right now with my Colchique.

Oh yeah, by the way, I started Colchique! I’m past the waist, a few cm from the boobs. I’m knitting it in the round so that I don’t have to seam! And it’s looking mighty good.

Je suis retourné! (I have returned!)

Monday, September 18th, 2006
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Idiot posing on top of flipped carMY LOVELIES! I have missed you. This past weekend we had our annual homecoming celebrations here at Queen’s University, and this time we managed to avoid flipping over a car in our excitement. I spent the weekend eating pancakes, drinking Glenlivet and socializing, which prevented me from knitting, blogging and studying. Fortunately, I managed to do lots of things this morning that I can now tell you about.

  1. I found this delectable rustic scarf pattern done in basket and seed stitch. I have a weakness for seed stitch, as well as a weakness for items that don’t require blocking, so this scarf is les genoux de l’abeille (the bee’s knees).
  2. I finally bought those 9 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca & Silk for my mom’s sweater. I was hesitating for a while, acting the penny-pincher and trying to find a sale, and my procrastination actually worked this time! I managed to find a store that charges $9 instead of $11 per ball, offers 10% if you sign up for their newsletter and free shipping over $75, which means that it cost me $72.90 for the alpaca & silk. A $4 ball of Plymouth Suri Yarn (55% Suri Alpaca / 45% Extrafine Merino) put me over the $75 threshold, which means I saved at least $40 in total. Yay! This is going to be the best sweater ever.
  3. I’ve been working on a little somethin’ somethin’ that I’ll finally get to talking about today or tomorrow, as soon as I finalize all the details. I’m really really excited about it! Keep your Bloglines pointed to this blog for future details.

It has been decided!

Monday, August 7th, 2006
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After all that searching for pretty shawl patterns, I have realized that my mother is not at all a shawl wearer. She prefers squares to triangles and moss stitch to lace, so I will be knitting her a sweater. I did a lot of searching for tops this weekend and then I showed them all to her (there must have been at least thirty). She finally settled on the Somewhat Cowl, which coincidentally is an oily, lust-filled fantasy of mine. I will knit one for her and then one for me. We will be handknit twins! It will be extremely fantastic.

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