I don't think it's imperative that you have size 11's for the handle.
What you're doing with the handle will end up looking like a double icord. Use the yarn from where it's at, even though it's a few stitches over. When you pull it tightly like the directions say, you will roll those 3 stitches into a little tube--icord.
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