Hi all, could anyone help me choose the right needles to use please. Sorry long post - have trouble explaining myself.
I’m just learning to knit and I’m finding the KnitPicks nickle plated needles (with interchangable tips) very easy to use. A pattern for a baby hat says to use 2.5mm needles but the smallest tip they seem to do is 3.5mm. I have noticed on the website that they do DPN’s in smaller sizes though. So question 1, can I use the DPN’s for straight knitting or are they only for specific projects?
My next question is about substituting yarn. I want to use the same wool to match a scarf - label says its suitable for 5mm needles. My hat pattern uses different yarn and smaller needles. I was going to knit a swatch (?) with the wool I want to use and the smaller needles and check to see if it is the same as the gauge (?) in the pattern. If it is the same then I could go ahead and if not change the needles up or down a size depending on if too tight or too loose. Does this sound right?
Hope this makes sense to someone out there and thanks for any help.