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Warming Up

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Posted - 09/09/2006 :  9:24:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit Fantasy0101's Homepage Send Fantasy0101 a Private Message
I am having a difficult time with the metrics on how to convert to American measurements. My sizes is.....

Cir of hand 9" (22.86cm)
Cir of thumb 3.5" (8.89cm)
Distance base
of thumb to
base of index 2" (5.08cm)

Do I use a circular needle? What size? How long? OR Do I use dpn's? What size?

This is what is stated on the label of the yarn that I am using: Caron Wintuk knitting gauge: 4.5 stitches per inch, 6 rows per inch. Size 8 needles.

Here is the pattern link.....

Since the pattern is all in metric I will need the pattern re written in American.

Hope that someone could help me with this.



honorary angel

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Posted - 09/09/2006 :  9:51:00 PM  Show Profile Send llinn a Private Message
All you need is a calculator. Print out the worksheet and have it ready to go. you have already measured yourself in centimeters so you plug those numbers in the right place on the worksheet.

Work a gauge swatch yourself. The recommended gauge is not necessarily what you will get. Pick needles you feel comfortable with with the yarn. It could be anything from size 5 tosize 10 really. Make a swatch and measure it to get your gauge. If you measure in inches, multiply by 2.5 for centimeters.

As far as what needles to use, I expect you'd have best luck using DPKN if it's knitted in the round. Even a small circular would likely stretch the yarn too much. You can use the magic loop technique, but that is a bit fiddly unless you have some experience knitting.

Good luck,

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Guardian angel

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Posted - 09/10/2006 :  04:52:27 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
Take your measurements and your gauge in numbers you are familiar with. If you like inches, use inches. Take the worksheet and fill in the numbers in inches. That takes care of all the horizontal numbers. For the vertical numbers, there are only a few numbers to change on the pattern. Where it says to work ribbing for 5 cm, do it for 2 inches. Where it says to work for 1 cm, do it for 1/2 inch. (actually a scant half inch). Get rid of all of those decimal points, you are making it too difficult for yourself.

Use the type of needles you prefer for knitting small circumferences. For suggestions, go to They have videos of all three techniques.

For mitts, I prefer a tighter gauge, so I usually knit worsted weight yarns on a sz 5 or 6 needle. I do it to increase the warmth and knit them with about 5 or 6 stitches per inch.

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Permanent Resident

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Posted - 09/10/2006 :  09:27:16 AM  Show Profile Send Calamintha a Private Message
There is a free converter here:

I'm hopelessly metric-impaired too.
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