I am making a raglan sweater and need to change the needles to make main body from 6mm to 5 mm to obtain required gauge.
My question is the ribbing calls for 4.5mm needles, should I use 3.5mm needles?
I probably would.
If you need to go down 2 sizes in your needles to knit the main part of the sweater I would hazard a guess that either you are an extremely tight knitter or the yarn you are using is not quite as thick as the yarn the pattern was designed for.
Either way, if you do not go down in size for the rib it will be much looser in proportion to the main part of the sweater than the designer anticipated.
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