KNITITNG NEEDLE SIZES – REPOST

I went looking for this info on the site but apparently when we moved to this location from the old Blog City address, it all squirted out into the ether. Hope that this is still helpful.

KNITTING NEEDLES – PART V, TRUE SIZES BY MAKER, originally posted 25 June 2005

Still working on the needle characteristics summaries. In the mean time, here’s something else somewhat useful – a cross-maker chart of needle sizes.

This chart lists modern needles only, and should hold true for both straights and circs of the same line made by the same manufacturer. I will keep adding manufacturers, plus I will also go through my collection of older needles and post sizes. But not today…
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Absolute
Metric Size
Addi
Turbo
Inox
Express
All
Bates
Brittany Boye Crystal
Palace
Clover
Bamboo
0.5mm
0.75mm
1.0mm
1.25mm 0000 0000
1.5mm 000 000
1.75mm 00 00
2.0mm 0 0 0 0 0
2.25mm 1 1 1 1 1
2.5mm 1 1.5 1.5
2.75mm 2 2 2 2 2
3.0mm 2 X 2.5 2.5
3.15mm 3
3.25mm 3 3 3 3 3 3
3.5mm 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
3.75mm 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
4.0mm 6 6 6
4.25mm 6 6 6 6
4.5mm 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
4.75mm
5.0mm 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
5.25mm 9
5.5mm 9 9 9 9 9 9
5.75mm 10
6.0mm 10 10 10 10 10 10
6.5mm 10.5 10.5 10.5 10.5 10.5
7.0mm 10.5 10.75 10 7/8 10.75
7.5mm 10.5*
8.0mm 11 11 11 11 11 11 11
8.5mm
9.0mm 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
10mm 15 15 15 15 15 15 15
12mm 17 17 17 17
12.5mm 17
14mm
15mm 19 19 19
15.5mm
15.63mm 19
19mm 35
25mm 20 50
34mm 20
36mm 20

An “X” indicates that this size is made, but has no US marked equivalent.
*7.5mm Addi Turbos are available in Canada, and are sometimes marked (or marketed) as US #10.5.

KNITTING NEEDLES – PART VI: CIRCULAR LENGTHS – originally posted 23 June 2005

As promised, here’s a chart showing the circular needle lengths available from commonly listed (and some not so commonly listed) manufacturers. I’ve compiled this from on-line catalog sources. In the case a manufacturer had a web page, that info trumped what I could find in catalogs. Centimeter equivalents are rounded off to the nearest whole unit, except for the 16″ size. Various catalogs list 16″ needles as being either 40 or 41cm.


11″
28cm
12″
30cm
16″
40-41cm
20″
50cm
24″
60cm
26″
66cm
29″
74cm
32″
80cm
35″
89cm
36″
91cm
39″
99cm
40″
100cm
47″
120cm
48″
122cm
60″
152cm
Addi Natura Bamboo x x x x
Addi Plastic x
Addi Turbo x x x x x x x x
Balene x x
Bates Quicksilver x x x x x
Bates Silvalume x x x x
Bates Silverado x x x x
Boye x x x
Clover Bamboo x x x x
Crystal Palace Bamboo x x x
Hiyahiya Nickel-free Steel x x x x x
Inox (Grey) x x x x x
Inox Express x x x x
Noble Nickels x x x x
Plymouth Bamboo x x
Pony Pearl x x x
Suzanne Ebony x x x
Suzanne Rosewood x x x
The Collection Wood x x


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One response

  1. Dear Kim –
    You’ve blogged in the past about your "go-to" pattern for baby booties, and that you keep an eye out for earlier versions of it. I realized I have a nearly identical pattern in a booklet called Children’s Fashions in Wool Styled by Hilde, copyright 1946 by Hilde Fuchs. Here’s a link which shows the cover and inside pages (they’re in the first picture in the second row):
    http://www.ioffer.com/i/Children-s-Fashions-Knitting-Pattern-Book-3-mos-4-yrs-139240491

    The wording in the pattern is so similar to Ann Kreckel’s pattern from Knitlist that I have to think Ann’s mother got her pattern either from this book, or from another pattern with the same origins as the one in this book.

    (The seller must have an earlier copy of the book than the one I have. Mine has a cover price of 40 cents, and hers cost only 20 cents!)

    Calantha

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