beginner knitter

hello! I am new to knitting and want to knit a hat. The pattern calls for circular and dpns and I was wondering if i could just use straight needles.
Thank you

It’s possible but not really a beginner thing (or a very practical thing).
How you knit a tube on straights is alternate stitches so you knit this side, slip that side. Then to decrease you have to drop & rearrange stitches so the side’s stitches you want decreased are together.

You can do it on just a circular, get an extra long one.

Or just dpns, if there’s not enough get another pack.

You can knit a hat flat, but I recommend using a pattern that is designed that way. Then you don’t have to fool with changing a pattern while you’re still learning. Here’s a few…see if they will work for you. Probably a basic hat is best.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/roll-brim-hat-14


Knitting with circular needles isn’t hard and it’s something you will probably want to learn, but if you’re more comfortable with straights while you’re learning that’s fine.

Oh yes, seaming. I have a mental block about that :joy: