I'm just learning how to knit and am wanting to make a hat with ear flaps for my husband's Christmas present. All the patterns I've seen online use circular needles. I just learned with regular needles, and would 1)rather not learn something more new right now and 2)don't have much money and don't want to buy new needles. Is it possible to use regular needles? How would I convert the pattern? Thanks so much for any help I can get...ASAP (I'm running out of time!