Do I have to use the length recommended by the pattern? I know that if I am knitting in the round I can’t make anything with a diameter smaller than my circs, but can I use smaller circs than the diameter of my project? Maybe I cast on too tight or knit too tight, but I’ve found that when the pattern calls for 16" I’m more comfortable with 12".
Right now I am working on the princess hat in New Knits on the Block, and I couldn’t connect the ends of my cast on with the needle length she recommended. It had me so worried that I did an extra gauge swatch. I finally just put on a shorter cord. I’ve been checking my gauge along the way, and it seems fine. Have I doomed myself?