The needles you have are totally fine!
Published On: September 7, 2018

We’re having a KAL for Scintillation, and I’d be delighted if you joined us!  I find I want to knit a few more of these, but it feels like some sort of breach of etiquette to knit in my own KAL.  So I’m going to pretend that what I’m doing is using a few more stars as a way to talk about some finer points of making these.  But we all know what I’m really doing is indulging myself and making a few more.  But don’t tell anyone, ok?

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So the most common question I’ve gotten so far is some version of ‘can I use the needles I already have?’  Sometimes that’s ‘can I use circs instead of DPNs?’ and sometimes it’s ‘can I use a set of 5 DPNs instead of a set of 6?’  And in both cases, the answer is a resounding yes.

So just in case you want proof, here’s one done on circs:

And here’s one done on 5 DPNs (4 holding live stitches, the 5th to work with):

Really the only thing that will be different is that your needles won’t make that adorable star shape while you’re knitting.  But from a structural standpoint, anything you can use to knit in the round, you can use to knit these.  So please don’t buy extra needles on my account (unless you’re just itching to buy them anyway and just want an excuse…in that case it’s absolutely vital that you have that new set of needles you’ve been eyeing and you absolutely must buy them right away).


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