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Posted - 05/29/2014 :  9:44:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I.m knitting a vest with ribbon yarn on US15 needles. When I bind off the front bands and collar, I'll need to go up a needle size, which means US 17, when perhaps 16 would be better. Why do needle sizes go 11, 13, 15, 17 without including 12, 14, 16, and 18?

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Posted - 06/04/2014 :  08:27:28 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That's a good question, Ceil, and I wish I knew the answer. I know there's a metric needle size that's between a US 2 and 3, I'm sure there are other metric sizes that fall between US sizes. I don't know what the US sizing is based on, but I do know that sometimes when a US2 is too small and a US3 is too big, I've gotten gauge with that odd pair of metric size something's I found at the thrift store. Wonder what other gaps we could fill with metric sizing.


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Posted - 06/04/2014 :  7:04:38 PM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would check out a European source.....mainly Addi needles which have their US base in the Northwest: if you were to call them with a question, regarding the large sizes defined by millimeters, just get the measurements of the large needles and figure the sizing out?

Or maybe they have equivalent sizes and mm measurements on their website. ..... But you are right, the US sizes are as you say, and I find dealing with them quite frustrating! And don't try to figure out any Addi "equivalent US sizes", because they are frustrating, too!
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Posted - 06/04/2014 :  7:21:01 PM  Show Profile Send yarnlover a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I found two charts on needle sizes, one listed US, UK and Japanese sizes, the other US, UK and Older US system. On both sites, size 15 is the largest for UK and Japan while the US list has 15, 17, 18, 19, 35 and 50 .

Size 15 is 10 mm and 17 is 12.5mm. Since size 5 is 5.5mm, you could cast over two size 5's held together. May be a little clumsy, but the size would be where you want to be.

I was surprised that US sizes are the only ones that go so large, at least according to what I could quickly find.

I'll try to post links tomorrow when I get on the computer. Can't do so easily from tablet.

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