Even if you change needle size, you're going to still be tight if you're a tight knitter, I imagine. If you have a smaller dpn lying around, you could slip it in the stitches you need to k tog and do it from there. But that would be a pain since you have so many to do in each row.
Do your best to keep your hands and yarn relaxed--don't tug to tighten up any stitches. Let the needles and yarn do the work at determining how tight it should be. You just guide them, if you know what I mean.
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