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missmuppy
« on: March 19, 2008 12:40:14 PM »

Hello! I've been crocheting for a while and just started learning to knit! I've made 2 scarves and am almost done with a hat. The hat is made as a rectangle to be sewn together. Now I am itching to make a hat in the round.

My issue is that usually hats end up too small for me. I don't have a freakishly large head, but seemingly larger than the "average" girl, as I can never find hats that fit in stores either. When I crocheted hats, I would usually just add a few rows and/or increase the hook size. Is this similar to what I should do when knitting? I know that knitting sometimes tends to stretch, but I don't like my hats feeling all tight.

For example, I may attempt the Kittyville hat from the SNB book. The pattern calls for a size 7 16" circular needle and size 7 DPNs. So to increase the circular needle, would I use a size 8 16", a size 7 18", or a size 8 18"? Does this make any freaking sense? Smiley How much would going up a needle size increase the size of the hat? And also, what would happen if I increased the needle size AND used a bulkier yarn? Would I end up with a gigantic hat?

Is this too many questions for a newbie?? Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2008 01:00:06 PM »

Are you doing brim-up or top-down hats? Smiley 

Top down starts with a small circle and increases, so you can try it on as you go. 

Brim up is  where you want to be careful with gauge.  Since this is your first, you might want to make the first few rows flat, then carefully join them after you've measure the hat against a real head. Smiley  When you're done knitting it's a simple thing to quickly seam that gap if you want to.
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2008 01:08:54 PM »

Are you doing brim-up or top-down hats? Smiley 

Top down starts with a small circle and increases, so you can try it on as you go. 

Brim up is  where you want to be careful with gauge.  Since this is your first, you might want to make the first few rows flat, then carefully join them after you've measure the hat against a real head. Smiley  When you're done knitting it's a simple thing to quickly seam that gap if you want to.

Hmmm... I guess I didn't know they went both directions. Smiley The kittyville hat looks like its brim up. Thanks for the advice though, that gives me something to work with!
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sassy-pants
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2008 03:04:00 PM »

Well, first of all, you can work the whole hat on DPNs, just be careful between needles to avoid laddering.  Otherwise, you can move up to a size eight needle, and that'll give you bigger stitches, or you can cast on more stitches on the size seven needles, which will give you a wider base.  Be careful when adding stitches, you have to compensate for them later when decreasing.

Also, don't forget to check your gauge!  If your gauge is a bit off on the bigger side, you may be able to swing it without mods.
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2008 09:53:13 PM »

You could use the size 8 or even a 9 needle to make it larger; you don't need to have a longer needle.
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2008 11:42:37 PM »

Thanks all!
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