Originally Posted by suzeeq
It will be a little smaller on the size 7s but you can still knit it, though with the sugar and cream, the larger needles are easier to knit with. The needle size on the labels is to classify the yarn into a weight range, patterns can use very different sizes. So you can either get size 9 needles instead of changing the yarn (and I'd suggest 32" long ones instead of 40") or knit it with the 7s and it's going to be smaller though you can add more stitches in 18 st increments.
suzeeq--omg, THANK YOU so much for answering my question so quickly. I am dreading having to use the size 7 needles, only because I am impatient..... though I've been incredibly patient with knitting (at least this first week, I have).
I undid my 1st project (garter stitch scarf) and trying to come up with something for my little nephews (perhaps some hats).
Suzeeq--what's behind your recommendation of doing the blanket on a 32" circular needle, vs the 40"? The finished product says it'll be a 33" by 39" piece--so does that mean I will cast on something that will be around 33" and knit until it is 39" long? or is it the other way around?
THANK YOU AGAIN!