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MillipedeMama
« on: April 19, 2007 12:12:34 PM »

I have not been able to find any mention of what size circular needles would be good for a baby hat. Seems like I can't find any smaller than 16".  But it seems I case on way to many stitches on that one...
I am not quite ready for DPNs.  I am just getting comfy with 2 needles, but not ready for more Smiley
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kbelle
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2007 12:53:06 PM »

Try magic loop!  www.knittinghelp.com has a great tutorial.  That is how I made my first baby hat (which was also my first interstartia and circular, so it couldn't have been that hard!) 

Magic loop is nice because you can cast on and do a few rounds on a 16 and then switch to magic loop as you start decreases.
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chelseachip
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2007 12:56:48 PM »

DPNs are not as hard as they look.  You only have to worry about two needles at a time. It possible to knit hats flat on straight needles if you aren't ready for dpns or magic loop.  A pattern I use often when I knit baby hats for our local hospital is

KNITTED CAP
USE SIZE 6 (for worsted weight yarn or whatever makes sense for your gauge)NEEDLES. CAST ON 30 STITCHES

PATTERN: (KNIT ONE ROW, PURL ONE ROW, KNIT ONE ROW.)
REPEAT 34 TIMES (102 ROWS TOTAL). BIND OFF

WITH YARN NEEDLE, DRAW ONE LONG EDGE OF KNITTING TOGETHER. SEW SHORT EDGES TOGETHER AND ADD POMPON ON TOP.

It is a basic ribbed hat.  I hope that helps!
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arabella
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2007 11:42:25 AM »

I was actually wondering this too, because I always drop stitches on DPNs.  I know WEBS has 12" circs, but I haven't tried them.  seems it would be hard to use such small circs!    I will probably just start on 16" and switch to DPNs.
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2007 12:37:33 PM »

Clover makes (made?) plastic mini-circs in 8.5 & 12" lengths.  I've used them for socks, hats and raglan sleeves.  They take some getting used to, but it's worth if for a travelling project - just so you don't have to worry about losing one of the needles or something else even worse Wink
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JennBabe
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2007 04:40:18 PM »

I either use my 16" needles, or do magic loop.  The 16" needles have always worked fine, unless it is a preemie hat or something super small.
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MillipedeMama
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2007 06:03:59 PM »

What is a good number to cast on for 16" size 9?  I am new to knitting, and while I can use the circulars I can't seem to find a good cast on.  Either I have way to many or not nearly enough.
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JennBabe
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2007 08:10:30 PM »

what pattern are you working from?  Usually for a small (newborn-3 month size) it's around 60 stitches.  It depends on the pattern.  I find it works out fine, but not so well with fewer than 60 or so stitches.
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