Thursday, March 22, 2007

Confusion

Needles are confusing.

So I cast on with Crystal Palace dpns, size 1 1/2 (2.5 mm) because that was the only size my LYS had in stock at the time. I thought, how much difference can a 1/4 of a mm make? I'm using Koigu for now, by the way.

Working on the ribbing, I decided that it was a little too loose for a sock. So I thought I'd try casting on with my Addi circulars in size 1. Lo and behold, the package says that Addi 1's are also 2.5 mm. Is that right? How can US sizes not even be standard? They seem thinner than the dpn's, but I doubt I can judge a 1/4 mm.

Now I don't know what to do. Maybe Koigu is too thin to use with 1's? I don't know. The mysteries of making socks fit gives me a headache for some reason...But then, I had also wanted to make Eunny's entrelac socks from the new Interweave, and those use Koigu with size 1's. Bleargh. I suppose this explains why my Jaywalker sock turned out a little loose, too. I am so disillusioned! ;)

5 comments:

Glenna said...

Amber - are you able to go down yet another needle size? Maybe you're right and it's the yarn itself that's getting you into trouble with gauge. I know not all sock yarns are created alike...

Amber said...

Yeah...I haven't got any smaller needles right now, so it'll just have to wait a little while. Knitting trying to teach me patience again, ya know? Thanks :)

Glenna C said...

I suppose if you are getting fewer than 8 sts/inch then it might just have to result in going down another needle size! I usually have the opposite problem and knit tighter on sock needles - I get 8 sts/inch every time on 2.75mms, such is life.

Heather G. said...

Koigu is thicker than Regia Silk, in my experience, but it really doesn't matter what needles are called for as long as you are getting gauge.

Lucy said...

For whatever reason, Addi Turbos size 1 are actually the same as 1.5 in other brands. I work at a yarn shop where customers have run into this problem, so we checked it out, and it's true. Eek.