Choosing the right needle size or crochet hook size is critical to how you project will turn out. I often will change the size recommended by a specific pattern to make a tighter fabric or adjust the fabric for a specific yarn. Here is an example project where I adapted a pattern designed for chunky alpaca to work with a lighter weight alpaca yarn.
The diameter of your knitting needle or crochet hook determines the size of the resulting knitted/crocheted stitches. Needles and hooks usually include both US needle sizes and metric sized (mm). However, sometimes patterns will only specify one or the other, that is were this conversion chart comes in handy. In some cases, the needle size may rub off the handle on the needle or crochet hook or it may be too small to easily see. For these reasons, we recommend keeping a needle gauge in your knitting/crochet bag.
|Metric/Millimeters (mm)||US Needle Sizes||US Crochet Hook Sizes|
There's nothing like a pair of handknit socks. You can use gorgeous sock yarn, choose your stitch pattern, and take them with you wherever you go. One thing I've learned over the years is how to customize socks to fit my feet, and I like a rounded toe. It's important for me because my feet are fairly straight across the toes, and a pointy toe just ends up flopping around empty.
Kelley likes a rounded toe, too, and she's developed a recipe for making them for her toe-up socks. She creates her rounded toe by spreading out the increases, separating them with a growing number of knit rounds in-between.
Note: Please use the following sizing chart for general reference only. Sizes between different vendors and manufacturers may vary. Please match your measurements to those in the size chart below.