Knitting Needle Guage

So, the longer that I knit, the more needles I accumulate. I'm afraid that eventually I will misplace the packaging and not know what size the needles are. I have a gauge now but it doesn't take into consideration all of the different sizes in millimeters, e.g. the two sizes for US 1 and the two sizes for US 2. I've looked online but I can't seem to find one that has these sizes. Can anyone point me in the right direction?




PhilNmtl's picture

Hi Buck: My gauge has holes for US and metric sizes. It is also a ruler (about 6") in inches and centimeters. I don't know about online but think these are pretty standard in yarn shops least they are in Montreal. Check your LYS and if for some weird reason they are less available in the US I'd be happy to pick up one and send it to you. -Phil

Tallguy's picture

There is only one size US 2.... they can't both be the same. You need to stop using those numbers, they are meaningless. You need to measure all your needles in the metric system. Then there is no confusion. It's just so much easier, and is only a matter of time before the US finally comes into the modern age, and starts using metric for everything. Start now using metric for all your needles and you won't have any trouble. It's going to be much harder to change when you get older and set in your ways! LOL

BuduR's picture

I think maybe he's refering to length, you know, it's not just the girth that's important *winka* *winka*

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Old John's picture

Depends how much of a nerd you want to be. Make a spreadsheet for all your needles, and get a digital vernier caliper from Harbor Freight, and measure each one in inch and metric size and put the data in the spreadsheet and sort by size. Put all the data in a binder and I bet you still pick by color the size that looks about right. I admit I've been knitting simple stuff, but I have been changing the patterns so I can use the needles I like and the yarn I have. Learning how to modify a pattern has been great fun for me.

I think the second US size on the gauge is for Crochet Hooks, or it is on my Susan Bates gauge anyway. E.Z. says it does not matter if your needles are the same size, so that is like "from on high" to me. john

BuduR's picture

I guess this is part of the reason I like my knit picks needles so much, I have the binder type case for them. EVERYTHING fits into it, and I got these nifty little tags that show the size of the needle, that I slipped into the pocket with the needles. Of course for my bamboo needles I actually made a quilted case that I sewed on little tags that had the sizes written on them. On the bamboo needles I also wrote the size on the end with a scripty pen because I used to keep them in vases (remnants from days when men still sent me flowers) I also use the spreadsheet idea mentioned by Old John.
I won't even talk about how I organize my yarns and patterns O.o

Maybe it's time I seek help for my obsessive compulsive organization.

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gardenguy42's picture

Buck, the Knit Picks needle gauge has both the US and metric gauges from size 0 (2.00 mm) to size 17 (12.00 mm), so there are 2 size ones to differentiate the 2.25mm & 2.50mm and 2 size twos to differentiate between the 2.75mm and the 3.00 mm. It also includes a ruler and a magnifier for reading those pesky small print patterns and it only costs $2.99. I have a small collection of old knitting needles, including a couple of pairs of hand-carved, and this gauge has been invaluable to me.

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I have a really good one I found about 20 years ago: Has all the US and Metric sizes, including the in-between ones. Only problem? Plastic: It cracked at the thin part of the gauge window. I fixed it but have kept it in my at-home workbox ever since. I hope to find one in metal some day that is as good; it's about the size of a credit card and perfect to carry in your knitting bag. (Sounds like the KnitPicks might be a contender.) -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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