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Old 05-02-2006, 04:58 PM   #4
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For items such as dishcloths... where gauge really doesn't matter, I wouldn't hesitate to use needles that were a size or two off what is called for in the pattern. Especially when it would call for smaller needles... since I knitted very tightly when I first started out.

Items like socks need to be a particular size, so correct needles is essential... even if that means you need to use a different size than the pattern calls for to get the correct gauge. The same goes for purses and such where size isn't hyper-critical, but you still need the correct gauge.
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