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« on: November 07, 2007 02:50:43 AM »

Hi, I'm new to knitting and I was only able to purchase one pair of 3.25mm-ish needles (about US size 4 or a bit smaller?) before the store closed down. I almost cried. I don't know anywhere else that sells knitting supplies, and I'm not overly fond of buying things online (bad, bad past experiences turn me off anything remotely connecting to online shopping).
SO my question is: if, say for example, a hat pattern recommends size 4 needles for ribbing and size 8 or 9 needles for the rest of the hat, would it make a huge difference if I made the whole hat in size 4 needles? Should I just find another store that SELLS needles?

Please help me. I'm a complete noob, but I already feel strange withdrawal-like symptoms if I don't knit for long periods of time. I swear this is a dangerous hobby  Grin

« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2007 05:47:53 AM »

It'll not work.  If you use a smaller needle, you end up with smaller stitches and a tighter fabric.  This is good for something like socks that'll get a lot of wear, and you often do it for ribbing because most people's purl stitches are a bit baggy anyway, but if you do it for the whole hat it will a) stop bullets, and b) be preemie sized.  Find a pattern you like that calls for number 4s for the body of the hat, and either do a roll-brim, or work ribbing as tight as you possibly can for a few rows.  You will eventually need more needles - try charity shops if you have any locally, as they often have a box-ful for pennies a pair.
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2007 09:30:04 AM »

There have been a lot of posts recently about making your own needles out of wooden dowels -- worst case scenario, you can get all super-crafty and do that!

I don't know if you're in the States or not, but Joann.com is pretty reliable if you break down and must order online.  Knitpicks.com is good, too, and they have their own brand of needles.
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