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connie149th
« on: January 29, 2005 11:13:47 AM »

Just yesterday I went to joanns to pick up some double-point knitting needles that a beanie pattern had asked for, it said to use US 6. After I purchased them, I noticed the size did say US 6 but it also said 4.25mm.  I thought that was kinda weird. Do you guys think it make much difference to use them on this pattern, or should I take them back?
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killerdaisy
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2005 11:58:27 AM »

mm's are for the metric measurement system. US needle makers size them with extrordinarily arbitrary numbers.

a basic yahoo search turns up things like this: http://www.turn-of-the-century.com/knitsize.htm

which tells you the equivalent mm's for each US needle number. a 4.25 mm is a size six. use the needles.
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2005 12:22:01 PM »

knit up a gauge swatch and check your gauge - if it's looking too small, go back and get the 4.25mm needles  (US6 is sometimes 4 and sometimes 4.25mm depending on the pattern,argh!)
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connie149th
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2005 12:41:45 PM »

Thank you killerdaisy and melidomi for all of your help! im so happy i dont have to return them! whoo hoo! now on to the beanie!!
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mew
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2005 04:07:46 PM »

Just out of curiosity, is metric really that foreign to Americans?

(By the way, there are only 3 countries that have not formally adopted the metric system and the US is one of them)
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madamedefarge
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2005 06:23:47 PM »

Just out of curiosity, is metric really that foreign to Americans?


YES!  And it's shameful, I know Embarrassed.
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connie149th
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2005 09:44:35 PM »

Mew - the metric system is not foreign to me, i know that the knitting needles show the U.S. size and the metric size, the thing i DIDN'T know was that US 6 needles can mean 4mm AND 4.25mm. I thought that only 4mm can be US 6. So when I bought these needles it said 4.25mm. That's what confused me. All i wanted was for someone to clarify that for me, and some people did. Thanks.
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