Can I use a circular 29" needle when a 32" needle is called for?
I understand that I can't use a circular needle larger than what's called for, but can I use one that is smaller than called for? I am wanting to make a coat for my DD and the pattern calls for a #15 32" circular needle to to finish the neck. The rest is knit on a straight 15s. What do you think? What s the rule on this as I have wondered from time to time because sometimes I see patterns say a 29" or 32" ...
It depends on how many stitches you will be working with. On the smaller size needle more stitches will be bunched up in a tighter/smaller space versus the 32". If you are worried about dropping a stitch off of the 29" needle go with the recommended 32".
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I think 29'' would be fine. You can use a smaller needle than required, as long as you can manage the stitches. If your stitches are too scrunched up on the needle then you could go get a 32'', but I would give the 29'' a try!
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