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clriggs81 12-05-2010 03:31 PM

Sizing a hat for a man
I'm pretty new to knitting, and I am wanting to knit a hat for my husband, whose head is 23" in circumference. I'm using Mochi Plus, and was wondering how much stretch I'll get if I do a knit two/purl two pattern? I knitted a swatch and have my gauge.....

Thanks for any information you can provide to this new knitter! My husband is never able to wear off-the-shelf winter hats because his head is so big...;O)

suzeeq 12-05-2010 03:58 PM

A k2 p2 rib is pretty stretchy so you probably want to make the hat about 2-3" smaller than his head. That would be measured without stretching it, so CO about 24 sts and work several inches in the rib and measure how many sts or ribs that makes. It's a good idea to stretch it fairly hard too and note how much larger that will make it compared to the unstretched measurement. Between having the stretched and unstretched numbers you should have a fairly good idea how many sts to cast on.

BTW, my head measures 23" as well, so that's not so hugely large, just on the larger side of 'normal'.

clriggs81 12-05-2010 04:49 PM

RE: Hat sizing for a man
Thanks for this information! I appreciate the quick reply! I'd like to knit hats for Christmas!
In ref. to the "fat head", I guess maybe he USED to have a fat head--before he lost 40 pounds! LOL.
Have a great day. I'll do what you suggested.

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