August 14th, 2011

Question!? Or help rather...

Hello everyone! Seems pretty dead in here but I will try this just the same.

I am trying to knit this ---->

The Hermione Hearts Ron hat off of Ravelry. Now the pattern calls for DPNS size 3. I'm using DPNS 3 but stitches keep falling off the ends frustrating me. I'm looking into the Needle Point Protectors but I was wondering what would be the damage if I switched to circular 8's? I know this is a sizable jump but I do not have any circular 3's and honestly have no desire to spend the money on some for one project. I don't know how many 3 projects I'm going to feel like completing after this one.

Would I have to change the pattern around completely because of gauge? I'll still have the same number of stitches ect so I don't know if it will work.

Can anyone help me? Would it completely mess the hat up to knit with bigger needles and the same number of stitches or should I just invest in the Needle Point Protectors?

Any input is greatly appreciated. Thank you.