It never occurred to me that there could be something better until recently when I started using two different sizes of #1 needles, 2.25mm and 2.5mm. Somewhat difficult to eyeball the difference between the two.
The Boye needle sizer has only one #1 hole, 2.25mm, but it's plastic and I can force a 2.25mm needle through the hole if I try hard.
Suspecting, but not being sure that the Knitpicks needle gauge has a separate hole for each #1 size, I added one into my last order to help get to the free shipping minimum. Needle gauges are something I mislay often and I like to have multiples, so I was willing to take a chance at only $2.99.
I was pleasantly surprised at how superior it turned out to be. It has the following features not found on the Boye:
- Made of thick heavy plastic. No cheating allowed.
- A centimeter ruler and an inch ruler.
- A magnified gauge counter strip that goes all the way up to 6 inches and 15 centimeters.
- The frequently used 4 inch/10cm measurements are vividly marked - and they're not the same line. 4 inches is NOT 10 centimeters. 4 inches is 10.2 centimeters. 10 centimeters is 3.9 inches. When is this important in knitting? I'm not sure, but I hate to see the difference ignored in patterns and on yarn labels.
- Needle sizes not found on the Boye -
3mm labeled as a second #2
#17=12mm (Who uses needles this big? Do you still call it knitting? Or log throwing?)