Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-18-2008, 09:12 PM   #1
crystalle
Ribbing the Cuff
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 39
Thanks: 100
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Please tell me how this works
Hi! I've got one of those plastic needle guage sizers. This one is made by Boye. I've got a bunch of circulars and they don't have the sizes on them. To determine size, is the needle supposed to go all the way through the hole, or is it supposed to stop where the point of the needle meets the shaft? Thanks!!
crystalle is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 11-18-2008, 09:21 PM   #2
cacunn
Instepping Out
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: state of total confusion
Posts: 1,866
Thanks: 1,298
Thanked 1,103 Times in 826 Posts
The needle should go all the way through the hole. It should be a tight fit but should go easily.
__________________

cacunn is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to cacunn For This Useful Post:
crystalle (11-18-2008)
Old 11-19-2008, 12:35 PM   #3
of troy
Turning the Heel
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: queens
Posts: 715
Thanks: 4
Thanked 286 Times in 215 Posts
Until MM sizing, every brand of needle had its own size.
(in US there was no standard (set by government or trade association) --the ARMY did set standards for gauge (the actual knitting) for hand knit garments (mostly pre WWII) but there wasn't a standard in any general sense!

a Boye size 6 (US) was NOT the same as a Susan Bates size 6 or and neither of them was the same size as Zepher (a now defunct needle brand)

EVERY company had its own "version" of size 6 --they were similar, (close) but not actually the same size!
they all put out their own gauges, and patterns designed for their needles.

SO--if you have an old needle (or an old gauge!) or a needle from company A, and gauge from company B--you won't always get an exact fit of needle to hole!

mm sizing is closer(and newer needles!) .. (a 6mm is usually 6 mm--but you can by a tool gauge (calipers) and check all your needles and you'll find some 6mm needles are really 5.97mm or 6.09mm!

the older your needles and gauge, the more you'll find differences!
thrift stores, ebay etc are a great place to buy needles, but you'll find that the sizes of the needles vary!

this can be a good thing.. sometime if your gauge is just a bit off.. a different brand of the same size will resolve the problem..

and the same goes for unevenness between knits and purls.. Knit with Brand A (a 5.09mm size 9) purl with brand B (a 4.91 mm size 9) the slight difference in sizes can help you 'correct' the problem with loose purls!
__________________
my blog I'm Oftroy on Ravelry
of troy is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to of troy For This Useful Post:
cacunn (11-19-2008), crystalle (11-19-2008)
Old 11-19-2008, 02:48 PM   #4
cacunn
Instepping Out
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: state of total confusion
Posts: 1,866
Thanks: 1,298
Thanked 1,103 Times in 826 Posts
In addition to the great information from of Troy you also need to understand that even with the same needles and yarn each member of a group of knitters may have a different gauge (stitches/rows per inch/MM). This all depends on how tight or loose they knit. The gauge of a practice swatch is more important that the size of the needle.

Always knit a practice swatch and change needle size if necessary to get the proper gauge for the pattern.

Happy knitting.
__________________

cacunn is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to cacunn For This Useful Post:
crystalle (11-19-2008)
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
any help works carliegirl General Knitting 2 02-16-2011 03:46 PM
what works best racjen General Knitting 3 07-11-2009 11:01 AM
Works in Progress AngieLanigan General Knitting 16 01-03-2009 09:48 PM
New felting tip - It WORKS! msoebel General Knitting 11 12-09-2007 01:34 AM
Works in progress GinnyG What'cha Knittin'? 3 04-14-2007 06:23 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:32 PM.