I have a question about using circular needles. I am a VERY beginner knitter, and had only been making scarves up to this point...one can only make and have so many scarves :roflhard:
So...recently I had come across Project Linus and decided to try my first baby blanket. I had never used ciruclar needles before and I'm a little confused about them.
I am using a Lion Brand pattern, with exact Lion Brand yarn it calls for and everything. Here is the pattern:
Cast on 5 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: K3, yo, k2.
Row 3: K3, yo, k3.
Row 4: K3, yo, k to end of row.
Rep last row until you have 144 sts on needle.
Next (decrease) row: K2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end of row.
Rep last row until 5 sts remain. Bind off.
Weave in ends.
Now it says to have used Circular knitting needle size 9 (5.5 mm), 24 in. (61 cm) long.
However, the store only had 29 in. needles and I thought ok that's fine, I'm sure extra inches will help rather than hurt. Well now my question is...I only have 72 of the 144 stitches knitted on the needle and the darn thing is almost full!!! If the blanket is suppsed to be 30 x 30 in size, how would you get away with only using a 24 in. ciruclar needle? And I will attach a pic of what I have so far, I'm afraid I'm going to run out of space soon, and it's only halfway to the entire length of it, and then stitches are going to start falling off it. I'm half tempted to order a 36 or 40 in. length one instead and just return this one. How do people make HUGE afghans on these things??? Is there something you can buy that holds the loops back from almost falling off the other end?
Here is what I have so far, you tell me? Advice please?!?!
I tried posting a picture but it says since I'm new I need 2 posts or greater...so I will have to re-post the pic after I send this hahaha, sorry.