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12-03-2007, 01:17 AM
I would like to knit a hat. i have circular needles but i really prefer knitting with straight needles. And I would like to do so. Can anyone suggest any patterns or tips for making a hat with straight needles?

12-03-2007, 02:30 AM
You can do flat knitting with circular needles. I usually do most of my knitting with circular needles, although I have no idea how to knit in the round yet. I find it is easier on the wrists using circs because the weight of the knitting is not on your wrists but on the cable between the stitches, and if you are working a large project the weight of the knitting is resting in your lap instead of on your wrists.

Here is a hat pattern for you that is quick and easy AND is knit flat (or on regular needles).


Good luck!

Jan in CA
12-03-2007, 02:34 AM
Welcome to KH!

I think once you get used using circulars you'll like not having the seams, but check this recent thread out on the same topic.

12-03-2007, 03:00 AM
Try this pattern: Gotcha Covered (http://www.coatsandclark.com/cgi-bin/MsmGo.exe?grab_id=282&page_id=4850944&query=gotcha+covered&hiword=COVER+COVERAGE+COVERING+COVERS+COVERUP+cove red+gotcha+). It's knit flat on either straight or circular needles and it has sizes for babies through adult males.

12-03-2007, 11:42 AM
Don't know if you're knitting a hat for yourself or a child, but I fell in love with this http://www.numei.com/knittingpatterns_3cornerhat.htm childrens' hat. It's super easy to make and you can knit it on straight needles. But the others are right, it is entirely possible (and for many, preferable) to knit flat using circular needles. I'm fast becoming one of those converts... ;)

12-04-2007, 12:28 AM
Thank you all very much for your tips! :)

12-04-2007, 01:07 PM
Apparently it is possible to knit in the round on two straights using a variation of double knitting. Basically you cast on your stitches, then "fold them in half" and arrange them every other stitch (i.e. one from one half, one from the other half, one from the first half, etc). I think maybe you knit only half the stitches every pass, then knit the other stitches on your next pass ... I can't remember where I read about this specifically, but the basic technique is described here, (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall06/FEATextreme2in1.html) (though this description is for a more common use of the technique, which is knitting two socks at a time in the round).

12-04-2007, 06:01 PM
Bib - this bunny head is knit that way. http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/60635.html?noImages=

Never thought to use the technique for a hat, but I don't see why you couldn't.