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My knitting needles are too small for my pattern. What can I do?

February 14th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Knitting Needles

My boyfriend asked me to knit an afghan for him like one that I made a few years ago for myself. I had to buy new needles and accidentally bought US 19 instead of US 35. Can I still use these smaller needles for my afghan? My pattern calls for 58 stitches casted on (finished size approx. 40 inches wide). Do I need to cast on more stitches to compensate? Thanks!

Omigosh, well it really depends on the weight of the yarn as well as the size of the stitches. Have you tried it out? Is it tight? If it is too tight using those size needles, the afghan will be really stiff.

If the yarn will actually do it, yes, you would need more stitches – you will have to make a patch to see how many stitches make 4 inches. You will have to knit a 4-inch long test to make it accurate. On an afghan, the number of rows likely does not matter. Once you see how many stitches makes 4 inches you can multiply by 10 to get the nubmer of stitches for 40 inches – . Also if it is a pattern, rather than just straight knitting, you will have to have the correct multiple of stitches plus the centering factor. For example is the pattern happens every 4 stitches – the number of stitches you cast on would have to be a multiple of 4 plus a centring factor if the pattern uses one.

The may all sound complicated – maybe you should just try to exchange your needles for the correct size.

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  • 1 pagan earthgirl // Feb 14, 2010 at

    You will be better off just buying the right size; it will save you lots of aggravation if you start with the right tools.
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  • 2 midtownirene // Feb 14, 2010 at

    Omigosh, well it really depends on the weight of the yarn as well as the size of the stitches. Have you tried it out? Is it tight? If it is too tight using those size needles, the afghan will be really stiff.

    If the yarn will actually do it, yes, you would need more stitches – you will have to make a patch to see how many stitches make 4 inches. You will have to knit a 4-inch long test to make it accurate. On an afghan, the number of rows likely does not matter. Once you see how many stitches makes 4 inches you can multiply by 10 to get the nubmer of stitches for 40 inches – . Also if it is a pattern, rather than just straight knitting, you will have to have the correct multiple of stitches plus the centering factor. For example is the pattern happens every 4 stitches – the number of stitches you cast on would have to be a multiple of 4 plus a centring factor if the pattern uses one.

    The may all sound complicated – maybe you should just try to exchange your needles for the correct size.
    References :

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