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.

We Come In Peace

Thursday, July 9th, 2009
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Craft Sound Tip #1:

If you want to mimic the sound of aliens communicating via subfrequencial televibrations, walk around with a small cellophane bag filled tightly with googly eyes.

Alien

Retrofit your mitts!

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
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Retrofit your mitts!

I am a little late on this one, but I’ve only now caught up with all my blog reading! Here is a great suggestion on how to retrofit your mitts! I’ll have to try this on my current mittens, as they are cold enough to freeze your Winnebago.

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Increase your Knitting Size

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
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Increase Your Knitting Speed

Has anyone else gotten this email? Does anyone else feel like this is pretty much a Viagra commercial? Am I going to have to buy herbal supplements now, or is it enough to use a knitting pump?

(OK, so I just watched the video, and holy F! That is Michael Schumacher knitting. Or, to be current, Lewis Hamilton knitting. Or, to be biased, Nick Heidfeld knitting.)

Photography of Food (and Knitting?)

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
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Vegan Yum Yum

Vegan Yum Yum has a good article on Food Photography for Bloggers, but considering the scale of food (small) and the scale of knitting (wouldn’t you know it’s also small!), there are lots of things us knitters could take from this.

Most of the tips in here are ones I’ve heard before, but it did tip me off to these lovely Lowel Ego lights for shooting at night, otherwise known as any time during the winter in Canada.

Amigurumi How To and Pattern

Friday, October 17th, 2008
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HOW TO start amigurumi

My first attempt at amigurumi lasted about 3 rounds before I lost my place and couldn’t figure out the start of the row. If starting is your biggest problem, this post on how to start amigurumi would be extremely worthwhile.

Here’s an additional amigurumi pattern for a ghost:

Ghost Amigurumi

I know this will not endear me to the pattern maker, but there are other pretty obvious negative associations with this picture, or am I the only one who is seeing this? Maybe if the point at the top of the head were more curved, I would be less afraid of accidentally crocheting Klan amigurumi.

Felted Wool Balls

Friday, September 12th, 2008
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Some needle-felting and a dryer is all you need to make this…

Felted Wool Balls

into this!

Felted Wool Balls

Via Craft.

The beauty of a well-shaped toe

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
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No, I’m not a foot fetishist. This is about sock patterns.

Anatomically correct toes

One thing that I wish were in every sock pattern is shaping that fits your actual foot. I’m amazed that after hundreds of years, knitted sock patterns still have that same symmetrical toe shaping. So I’m really excited to see that someone has charted anatomically correct toes! Your mileage may vary, but I think it’s a great first step. Pardon the pun.

Toodles!

Thursday, July 31st, 2008
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I’m heading off to the Sault again. I’ve got a copy of The Golden Compass to read, a few papers for my masters and the stats from all that wonderful data you generous folks gave to me!

I’m also printing something else out…

Bubble Printing

I’m finally starting Bubble! I didn’t have any worsted/aran wool to use with this and I’m still trying to stick to my stash diet, so I drove to Value Village yesterday and bought a pullover in a crimson colour. It’s cotton, which I don’t usually like to knit with, but I think it will be ok. I ripped, skeined and washed it last night, and it’s drying as we speak. Hopefully it will be dry in 4 hours when I have to leave!

I’m back to taking photos again, now that my mom is back from Europe (along with her camera). Here are a few I took for you guys:

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Embroidery Stitches on Video

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
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Daisy Stitch Video Tutorial

If you want to try your hand at embroidery, check out this Video Library of Hand-Embroidery Stitches.