Hi, I am new to knitting and have a question about needle length. I am working on a roll raglan sweater that my motherinlaw swears is very easy. So far, I am doing ok. The pattern has one starting at the waist and working up. I had to cast on 115 stitches. My mil loaned me her 14" size 7 steel needles and I am finding that as the sweater grows in size, it is increasingly hard to pay close attention to the work. There is so much yard on the needle it is starting to look ruffled. The pattern does not say anything about length of needle. I am supposed to work in a stockinette stitch for 19 inches and have done only about 3 so far. At what will be the underarm. I will need to bind off, decreasing for raglan armholes.
So, my question is, what would be a better needle to use right now so that the sweater is not bunching up so much on the needles? I would like to have it more flat so I can see what I am doing better. I have already dropped stitches twice because it is just to bunched up that I cannot easily follow what I am doing. Should I get a longer steel needle or a circular needle? Which length?