HNW - knitting needles Noramunro at
Fri Sep 17 09:45:44 PDT 1999

> Not necessarily. I've seen evidence that in 18 - 19 c United States and
> England, five needles were  used. Today needle sets in the US have four
> needles, and five in Europe, but that's part of standardization, which is
> 20c.

The double-pointed sets I bought in the UK were all 4 needles.  I didn't 
actually own a 5-needle set until I bought some (German-made) lace needles 
this spring at the MD Sheep & Wool festival.

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