Knitting Essentials - Needle Gauge

Written By Caroline

Do you have a bag of needles and aren’t quite sure what size they are any more? Perhaps you inherited them and the markings are long worn off? If you want to make sure you have the right size, then our Clover Needle Gauge or Monstera Wooden Knitting Gauge is the tool for you.

a wooden needle gauge in the shape of a monstera leaf on a black background with two needles and some red wool in the background

Take your needle and work your way through the holes in the gauge until the needle fits snuggly, read off the size next to this hole, and voila! You now know your needle size! 

You'll notice that there are two numbers next to each hole - this is the US sizing and equivalent size in metric millimetres (mm).  Each knitting needle gauge will have a key to which number is which - so look out for this. 

As a general rule:

  • US numbering is written as whole numbers and fractions.  ie 10, or 10 1/2
  • Metric numbering is written with decimal points.  ie 6.0, or 6.5

The Clover gauge has 20 different sizes and the Monstera Wooden Gauge has 18 different sizes which should cover all your different needles!

Such a handy little tool to have in your knitting kit. 


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