View Full Version : knit flat hat pattern in the round??

03-10-2009, 04:30 PM
Hello fellow knitters,
I just taught myself how to knit on 5 double point needles. Yahoo! I would like to knit another hat for my husband but the pattern I like calls for knitting flat. Can I knit in the round or does it screw up the pattern??? Slowly but surely I'm learning! Maybe when I have grandkids I'll be able to knit a sweater!!! :-P
Thanks in advance for any advice!

Jan in CA
03-10-2009, 06:07 PM
Is it just a plain stockinette hat? If so then you shouldn't have any problem converting. However, there are more patterns for hats in the round than flat and I'm sure you could find one already written that would suit your needs.

of troy
03-11-2009, 09:52 AM
there are a few basic changes from flat to round (or round to flat!)

'selvage stitches' (the stitches that get caught in the seam of flat knit hats)
from flat to round -reduce by 2 stitches (from 100 to 98)
from round to flat --add 2 stitches (from 98 to 100

knits and purls change too..
flat knit (stocking knit) work alternate rows of Knits and Purls
Round knit (stocking knit) work all Knits

other patterns are similar.. (alternate rows might change from "purls" (desinged as flat) to Knits (worked in round)

the more complex a pattern, the harder it is to change, (d'oh!)

there are a few pattern that are designed to be knit in the round.. (and are a PITA to work flat)

but most flat knit hats can be knit in the round, and most in the round hats can be knit flat.