View Full Version : Can I use a circular 29" needle when a 32" needle is called for?

02-05-2008, 09:51 AM
I understand that I can't use a circular needle larger than what's called for, but can I use one that is smaller than called for? I am wanting to make a coat for my DD and the pattern calls for a #15 32" circular needle to to finish the neck. The rest is knit on a straight 15s. What do you think? What s the rule on this as I have wondered from time to time because sometimes I see patterns say a 29" or 32" ...


02-05-2008, 10:00 AM
It depends on how many stitches you will be working with. On the smaller size needle more stitches will be bunched up in a tighter/smaller space versus the 32". If you are worried about dropping a stitch off of the 29" needle go with the recommended 32".

02-05-2008, 10:08 AM
I think 29'' would be fine. You can use a smaller needle than required, as long as you can manage the stitches. If your stitches are too scrunched up on the needle then you could go get a 32'', but I would give the 29'' a try! :thumbsup:

02-05-2008, 11:29 AM
I have the opposite problem, my pattern calls for a 16 inch and I'm using a 29 to ML it, and it's too small....I need to get the 16 or go and get a 32.

However, I think for this if you're okay with scrunching everything, then you should be fine.

02-05-2008, 01:36 PM
I'm like everyone else it all depends on the number of stitches you need to cast on. but for the neck of a sweater 29" should be fine.

02-05-2008, 01:57 PM
I am working on a sweater for my granddaughter and the pattern called for a 27" circular and I used a 24" and it has been no problem and I am almost done with the sweater...