No. I planned to use smaller needles, but I was starting the project when I would be away from home just sitting for a couple of hours. I packed up both sized needles, yarn, etc., but when I got there, somehow one of the smaller needles was missing from my bag. So I thought about trying to knit on one smaller and one larger needle but ultimately decided it was too much trouble, so I jwent on with just the larger needles. I did try to keep my cable pattern loose, though.