For 16" circular needles, can I use the same size but in dpns instead?? Or do I have to use the 16" circular needles in the size the pattern asks for?
circular knit needles and dpns
Do you have a JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels or AC Moore store near you? I know those places have weekly 40% off coupons (you can probably find them online). If you use a coupon for the circular needles, they are not so expensive. Although they are a little more pricey than the metal, I prefer the bamboo needles because the yarn doesn't slip as much. I knit a lot, so I've built up a collection of needles in various sizes over time. Good luck! What are you making?
In my experience with knitting woolies of all sorts, I use the following (assuming you are using worsted weight yarn).....
#5 16" long circ (ribbing at top)
#8 16" long circ (body)
#8 double points (legs)
I recently purchased a #8 9" long circ--it's a little fiddly to learn but it's a ton quicker than DPs. Of course, I bought it at my LYS so no coupon.
Have you tried knitpicks? They are cheap and super awesome. I have a set of interchangeables and several DPN's and 16"length ones (16" are not included in interchangeable sets). I also really like Bryspuns for needles on the cheap. Plastic, yes. But bendy and smooth.
edit for listing the wrong needle company. D'oh!