Sunday, August 17, 2014

Slippers, and a Shocking Discovery

This was a quick project (thanks especially to the enormous gauge from size 11 needles), simple enough to knit while doing something else but with just enough complexity to be engaging.

Also, the yarn was marked for size 10½ needles, and I have 10 and 11, and I ended up with 11s.  And that worked fine.  But it turns out that there is a shocking inconsistency in how US and UK knitting needle gauge numbers relate to the physical world:

Whereas Japanese needle sizes have a simple linear relationship, US needle sizes are anything but!  In the 6-7-8-9-10 range, going up one whole number of needle gauge increases the needle diameter by 0.5 mm.  BUT!  When you go to eleven, you go up TWO MILLIMETERS!  That's an increase of 4x in scale.  I had no idea when I was dithering between size 10 and size 11 DPNs—no joke, I bought a pack of size eleven double-points, walked half a block away, and then stood there, frozen in buyer's remorse and fearful that by investing in size 11 instead of size 10 needle to use with, let's not forget, Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky which clearly indicates 10½ I would have somehow done my projects and my knitting career a disservice, for painful minutes before finally deciding that the least idiotic thing I could do next would be to walk directly home without talking to anyone else except as needed to buy a Whoopie Cookie—I was wrestling with a two millimeter leap in size.  In any event, the slippers seem to have come out okay:

The Ravelry project.

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