I'm working from a sweater pattern that starts with a 16" size 15 circular needle to work the neck, then instructs me to change over to size 17 double-point needles for all the increases that create the neck yoke. Finally, I change to a size 28" 17 circular needle for the body/sleeves.
I hate working with double-point needles and try to avoid them if possible. My question is: since I will be increasing the number of stitches the whole time the knitting is on the double-points (instead of decreasing, where I could see the need to go to double-points), why can't I just switch to a 16" size 17 circular to do the neck/yoke and then change to the 28" size 17 circular when I have enough stitches? Any reason why this wouldn't work?
There is no right way to knit; there is no wrong way to knit. So if anybody kindly tells you that what you are doing is "wrong," don't take umbrage; they mean well. Smile submissively, and listen, keeping your disagreement on an entirely mental level. They may be right, in this particular case, and even if not, they may drop off pieces of information which will come in very handy if you file them away carefully in your brain for future reference. ~Elizabeth Zimmerman