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Needle & Hook Conversions

Yarn Substitutions

Vintage Crochet and Knitting Stitches

Clothing Size Conversions

Needle & Hook Conversions

     Needle and hook sizes for knitting and crocheting change over time so the sizes called for in vintage patterns may be different from the modern sizes that you are use to.  To help you select the needle or hook size that works best for your project, we have provided the following tables.

Knitting Needles

Metric Sizes (mm) knit

10

9

8

7.5

7

6.5

6

5.5

5

4.5

4

3.75

3.5

3.25

3

2.75

2.25

2

1.75

U.K. and Former Canadian Sizes

000

00

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

U.S. Sizes

15

13

11

10.5

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

Crochet Hooks
Metric Sizes (mm) 10 9 8 7 6.5 6 5.5 5 4.5 4 3.75 3.5 3.25 3 2.75 2.5 2.25 2
U.K. and Former Canadian Sizes 000 00 0 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 12 14
U.S. Sizes P 10 ½ K J I H G F E D C B

Source:  www.knitting-crochet.com/found/conchafou.html

 

Yarn Substitutions
Sometimes the yarns called for in vintage knitting or crochet patterns are no longer being produced.  To help you find the closest alternative that is still being produced, we recommend searching this site:

www.purplekittyyarns.com/discontinued-yarn

Vintage Crochet and Knitting Stitches
Some of the knitting and crocheting stitches called for in vintage patterns may not be familiar to you.  The following links provide instructions that we thought you might find useful.  The first two links are for vintage crocheting stitches and the last link is for vintage knitting stitches.

www.heirloomcrochet.com
www.knitheaven.com/vintagepatterns/crochetterms.htm

www.heirloomknits.com/vintageknitting_techniques.shtml

 

Clothing Size Conversions

Over time, standard clothing sizes (especially for women) have evolved in the United States.  Because of this, many of the measurements used in vintage patterns are for different sizes than we would expect by modern standards.  To assist you in selecting the best sizes possible, we have provided the following tables.  We hope you find them helpful.

* Bust, waist and hip measurements are in inches
** “Modern Sizes” refer to modern U.S. sizes
*** “Vintage” refers to U.S. sizes before 1970

Women

Modern Sizes 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Bust 33½ 34½ 35½ 36½ 38 39½ 41½
Waist 25 26 27 28 29½ 31 32½
Hips 35½ 36½ 37½ 38½ 40 41½ 43
Vintage Sizes 12 14 16 18 20 40 42
Bust 30 32 34 36 38 40 42
Waist 25 26 28 30 32 34 36
Hips 33 35 37 39 41 43 45


Babies, Toddlers, Children & Youth
The sizes for babies, toddlers, children and youth have not changed since many of the vintage patterns were produced so these tables are for both modern and vintage sizes.  We have provided them just in case you need help determining a size for your project.

Baby/Toddler Size 3 months 6 months 12 months 18 months 24 months
1. Chest (in.)
(cm.)
16
40.5
17
43
18
45.5
19
48
20
50.5
2. Center Back (Neck-to-Cuff) 10½
26.5
11½
29
12½
31.5
14
35.5
18
45.5
3. Back Waist Length 6
15.5
7
17.5

19
8
20.5

21.5
4. Cross Back (Shoulder to Shoulder)
18.5

19.5

21

21.5

22
5. Sleeve Length & Underarm 6
15.5

16.5

19
8
20.5

21.5
6. Upper Arm
14
6
15.5

16.5
7
17.5

19
7. Armhole Depth
8.5

9

9.5
4
10

10.5
8. Waist 18
45.5
19
48
20
50.5
20½
52
21
53.5
9. Hips 19
48
20
50.5
20
50.5
21
53.5
22
56

 

Child/Youth Size

2

4

6

8

10

12

14

16

1. Chest (in.)
(cm.)
21
53
23
58.5
25
63.5
26½
67
28
71
30
76
31½
80
32½
82.5
2. Center Back 18
45.5
19½
49.5
20½
52
22
56
24
61
26
66
27
68.5
28
71
3. Back Waist Length
21.5

24
10½
26.5
12½
31.5
14
35.5
15
38
15½
39.5
16
40.5
4. Cross Back (Shoulder to Shoulder)
23.5

25
10¼
26
10¾
27
11¼
28.5
12
30.5
12¼
31
13
33
5. Sleeve Length to Underarm
21.5
10½
26.5
11½
29
12½
31.5
13½
34.5
15
38
16
40.5
16½
42
6. Upper Arm 7
17.5

19
8
20.5

21.5

22
9
23

23.5

24
7. Armhole
Depth

10.5

12
5
12.5

14
6
15.5

16.5
7
17.5

19
8. Waist 21
53.5
21½
54.5
22½
57
23½
59.5
24½
62
25
63.5
26½
67.5
27½
69.5
9. Hips 22
56
23½
59.5
25
63.5
28
71
29½
75
21½
80
33
83.5
35½
90

source: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/

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