Hat question

knit_knot_eat's picture

For those that read one of my previous posts, I did start that hat. No pattern or anything, just knitting all the way around. I have done a considerable amount already and now have some questions.
1 - how big do I make the base of the hat before I start my decreasing?
2 - right now I am on one circular needle, at what point should I transfer to 2?

Thanks

knit_knot_eat's picture

How do I post the pictures?

How do I post the pictures? I uploaded them (or so I think I did), but when I try to insert them all I get is text.
I set a picture of it now as my image, because I can't seem to get the post to have it.

[img_assist|nid=7062|title=My First Hat 1|desc=Picture of my first hat|link=popup|align=left|width=200|height=150]

PaganCub's picture

uh, pics? i mean, hello!?

uh, pics? i mean, hello!? lol don't keep us in suspense :D
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knit_knot_eat's picture

I'll see if I can take a

I'll see if I can take a picture of it tonight.

knit_knot_eat's picture

I finished my hat. My very

I finished my hat. My very first project. It is done, and I wore it today. I probably should have finished the scarf first, but doing the hat in the round was much more exciting. I now need to practice my ribbing.

AndrewNiehus's picture

How big you make the base

How big you make the base depends upon what type of hat you want. The series of hats that I have made recently, with a 10 point star decrease, have bases ranging from 5 to 6 inches sepending upon how far down you want the hat to come. For a different kind of decrease it could be much different.

PaganCub's picture

if you're looking for more

if you're looking for more of a beanie-style hat, then you would knit until the whole thing measure 5" (or so) from the brim/cast on edge. before you start decreasing...depending on how many decreases you have, and how many stitches lie between the first set of decreases. for example, i know that if i K15, k2tog, then i'm going to have too many rows before i get to the top of the hat and it'll be too long, so i'll work more decreases. if i only have 8sts between the first set of decreases, and dont have that many decreases to do, then i'll go decrease every 3rd row. does that make sense?

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MMario's picture

For example - when you are

For example - when you are switching from one circ to two circs, you will use one point from each needle. You may need to decrease at some point and need one stitch from each circ, so you would again, use one point of each circ. But generally, you would knit each circular with it's own points.

People will also sometimes knit a couple stitches past the end of the circ from the other every time in order to prevent laddering. IN that case , again, you would be nknitting with one point from each circ. But I don't normally find that neceassary.

MMario

MMario's picture

You got it. And the trick

You got it. And the trick of two circs is you always knit the needle with it's own points, UNLESS you are shifting stitches between the needles.

knit_knot_eat's picture

I don't understand what you

I don't understand what you mean by "shifting stitches between the needles". Why/when do you do that and what effect does it have?

MMario's picture

Most patterns call for 6 to

Most patterns call for 6 to 8 inches of "body" on the hat berfore decreasing to the top. perhaps more if you want to turn the rim up.

When to switch? When it becomes difficult to work the stitches on the one circ. Or when you start the decreasing. Or whenever you feel like it.

knit_knot_eat's picture

Is there any trick I need to

Is there any trick I need to know about switching? I when starting a row, I just knit onto a new circular needle for the first half of the stitches, then finish the second half on my current needle. That would put me on the 2, and I just keep going around switching from one to the next.

teejtc's picture

This is one of the reason

This is one of the reason some of us prefer Double Pointed needles. You never have to worry about switching your circular needles correctly (and you also don't have to really mark the beginning of your row - it's just when you start the first needle.)

Although equally as many people seem to prefer doing it the way you are....

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