Soft Fluffy Stocking Hat

CLABBERS's picture

Hello men!
I have made a couple stocking hats and enjoy making them. I now want to make one using size 13 needles. I am going to be using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. 108 yards, 170 grams. When I was using size 7 needles, I cast on 88 stitches on my circular needles. Because I am using such a thick yarn an a corresponding large needle, how many stitches should I cast on to get to 22". I did a 4x4 gauge square and find 9 stitches and 9 rows.
What would you all suggest?


Tallguy's picture

This is EZ's method on all

This is EZ's method on all her sweaters when she did the ribbing. You want it to pull in a bit, and this is just enough.

For a hat, while you are making it to fit a certain size, remember that it needs to be snug so that it fits well. A loose hat is just no good -- it needs to be stretched slightly for it to fit. The same with a sock.. it needs to be slightly smaller than your foot so it stretches and then it will fit perfectly. This applies to most next-to-the-skin garments. For other things, like a sweater, you want to add some ease to allow some room for you to move inside it. A sweater should not have to stretch to fit you -- although I find some of my sweaters get that way in a relatively short time -- it's our dry climate, you know. A ribbing around the waist, or cuffs, should fit tighter than the rest of it, usually. And the same for a hat. You could make it fit tighter by reducing about 15%, if you wanted.

Stretch your swatch as much as you think it should be stretched so it would fit, and then measure gauge. You will see what I mean.

Tallguy's picture

9 st in 4"?? well, 9/4 x 22

9 st in 4"??
well, 9/4 x 22 = 49.5, lt's say 49.
Less about 10%: 49 - 5 = 44
What pattern are you using? For 2/2 rib (preferred) for the brim, you need 44 sts. You can increase a few sts after the ribbing for whatever pattern you are using.

davidjames181's picture

Tallguy, I'm curious, why

I'm curious, why the -10%

MMario's picture

It's a standard measure of

It's a standard measure of negative ease for hats - for most ribs it gives a snug but not tight fit. And it's easy to calculate.

smalltownknitguy's picture

I have used this yarn on my

I have used this yarn on my knifty knitter loom and something tells me around 40 stitches (the green loom is 36 pegs). I guess it will also depend on your stitch pattern multiple. Hope this helps.