View Full Version : Have you ever wondered...

10-23-2006, 09:32 PM
Why is 10 1/2 the only half-size needle in US sizes? Like whoever made up the numbers felt that they needed to stick something between 10 and 11?

10-23-2006, 09:38 PM
but felt no need for a 12....or a 14....

10-23-2006, 10:01 PM
:shrug: :shrug:

10-23-2006, 10:15 PM
but felt no need for a 12....or a 14....

...or a 3mm, or a 7mm, or a 7.5mm, or any other of the sizes we don't have...

Actually, I did see pairs of 12's and 14's at the LYS that closed this summer. I kick myself constantly for not buying more needles at their closing sale!

10-23-2006, 10:43 PM
I've often wondered the same thing! :shrug: Makes no sense to me.

10-23-2006, 11:40 PM
Years ago when I knit a lot I wished there was a size between 10 and 11. I stopped for about 10 years (unrelated to needle sizes) and started up again last year and discovered metric size needles. Yay! I now have two circulars each of 7 and 7.5 mm. Love 'em, it's what I like to knit sweaters with.


10-23-2006, 11:41 PM
Wow! I must be psychic as I was wondering that very thing this evening as I was looking at my size 11 and size 10's. Event thought of posting the question...

10-24-2006, 08:39 AM
I've wondered that too - US missing sizes are, as Brendajos said, 3.0 mm; 7.0 mm and 7.5 mm.

Being a sort of 'mature' age - I'm used to bouncing about with old UK sizes as well.

If anyone is looking for a bargain and doesn't mind using old-fashioned UK needles (tons on ebay uk - and as cheap as chips) - look out for needle sizes:

UK 11 would equal US Two-and-a-half (3.00 mm)

UK 2 is 7 mm

UK 1 is 7.5 mm

Please note that higher the number in UK old sizes, then the smaller the needle ( :shrug: - go figure!

(A UK 14 = 2.0mm or US 0)

Best needles I find are Aero and most of theirs are still in 'old money' as we say.

Hope this helps.


10-24-2006, 10:44 AM
The answer should be obvious. Knitting needle sizes were created by men to confuse the heck out of women. It's just the kind of thing they would do.

10-24-2006, 10:52 AM
Just like bras were clearly created by someone who didn't have to wear one.

10-24-2006, 10:55 AM
It's just like crochet hook sizes they are all letters except for size 7 which coordinates with knitting needle size 7 and conveniently sits between a size G and H crochet hook.


10-24-2006, 11:03 AM
My best guess is that someone developed the system without really paying attention to increments between sizes. They just got a bunch of needles that they thought were the most used, and then decided that they would be sizes 1 to whatever as they got larger. When it became clear that there was a need for a needle between what they had called 10 and 11, the system was already established, so they decided to call it 10.5 since it was the most logical thing. (Personally, I think "Frank" would've been a better name.) I imagine that the sizes we don't see (e.g., 12, 14) are ones that, for whatever reason, are not used as often. Maybe it has something to do with what yarn weights are popular.

10-24-2006, 11:13 AM
Ya know, addi's have a size "10.75" which is 7 mm :wink:

10-24-2006, 11:47 AM
Ya know, addi's have a size "10.75" which is 7 mm :wink:

I looked at them and their 10.875 which is 7.5 mm. Some of their 10.5s are 7 mm also. I didn't want to pay Addi's high prices though. I got my first 7 and 7.5 on ebay and paid about $16 for both including postage. I got the second two, plus a 6 mm on ebay.uk for about $8, including postage. I got them both in about a week.


10-24-2006, 11:54 AM
Just like bras were clearly created by someone who didn't have to wear one.

I so agree. Why can't someone make a comfortable bra? Off the subject but the "uncomfortableness" made me have to comment.

I received a pair of needles as a sample and they are about 12" long and a 7.5mm. Love them but would have no idea where to buy more.


10-24-2006, 01:08 PM
I am glad I am not the only person who ponders such things!

10-24-2006, 01:13 PM
Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?