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Tamar Dohel
01-17-2006, 10:24 AM
Hi all,

I want to do the simplest ribbed hat pattern using straight needles. Is it possible?

I thought of doing a rectangle and then joining the cast on and bind off edges together and tying up one end and the other end will go over the head and folded as needed or the other way round. :thinking:

Thanks for your help

01-17-2006, 10:50 AM
Tamar, I have made hats using straight needles. It's easy!! If you look on the free patterns page on this site, there is a VW hat that is knit on straight needles. You knit the rectangle, then you decrease gradually until you only have a few stitches remaining- thread the yarn through those, pull it through and then seam up the side.

01-17-2006, 10:54 AM
You could do something like this. (http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/kwetq-kidsHats.html?noImages=0)

That one is knit in the garter stitch but I am willing to bet that it would work as ribbed as well! :thumbsup:

Tamar Dohel
01-17-2006, 11:22 AM
Mintdee, you got the idea!

I'll just have to experiment and see what comes out. As long as it's wearable it should be alright.

I guess I'm just a bit scared to try it because I've never done a hat or anything ribbed. Actually, I've never done anything except for scarves.

I'll send pictures.

01-17-2006, 11:26 AM
That one would look very cute ribbed :thumbsup:

I was concerned the first time I tried the rib stitch but honestly it is very easy. And yes pictures are a must! :D

01-17-2006, 12:14 PM

Another shape you could try too...same principle, make a big rectangle fold over side to side and seam, and then seam across the top. I think the tassels are a must too. ;)

Tamar Dohel
01-18-2006, 05:10 AM
Thanks everyone,

I want to start it today if I get the time. How many stitches would I need to cast on if I'm doing a woman's hat using needles size 6 mm (US 10)? I thought may be 60 or 65.

Thank you.

Tamar Dohel
01-23-2006, 06:15 AM
Hi ya all,

So, this is what I decided to do. I've casted on 90 stitches using needles size 5 mm and alternate cast on. I want to do a tie at the top but a friend of mine told me that 90 stitches is too much and I'll have to decrease a bit at the top for a few rows.

Any other comments are welcome.


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01-23-2006, 07:32 AM
Check your gauge ! If you are getting 6 stitches per inch, your hat will be 15 inches around (to small for an adult) If you are getting 5 stitches per inch, your hat will be 18 inches ... about right. If you are getting 4 stitches per inch ... it will be 22 inches ... TO BIG! (the part that fits on your head) Your friend is right, if you decrease the top a bit, it won't be quite so bulky when you tie it. Your ribbing is WONDERFUL!!!

01-23-2006, 10:52 AM
Are you going to try the gather-up-the one-end technique? I know a way to make a ribbed hat that way by cheating and not doing "real ribbing." The baby hat my daughter came home from the hospital with was made that way. It is just alternating rows (not columns) of stockinette and reverse stockinette (maybe 5 each? I didn't look THAT closely, but can if you need me to!) and then the hat was turned on side, cast on edge seamed to the bound off edge, gathered at one end, and a pom pom put on it. So basically you're working horizontal on something that will later be vertical, and I bet a LOT faster than doing regular ribbing!

Tamar Dohel
01-24-2006, 03:43 AM
To gardenmommy,

That's how I wanted to do it originally but didn't know how and none of the patterns I looked up used that technique.

Every new project that I do gives me valuable new experience so that I don't regret doing this hat. However, I'd be very happy if you could give some more, clearer instructions on this baby hat you saw and possibly a picture so I'd understand what I'm doing.

To Debbie,

When I finished casting on I inserted a piece of yarn through that stitches, pulled them tight and meassured them around my head so at least it will fit me.

However, I now had a look at the stitches that way you suggest and it's just right.

Thank you everyone.