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:
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.
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.
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!!!
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!