Hi everyone this is my first post and I have a problem. I'm knitting a hat using round needles for the first time. I cast on 60 stitches as stated by patterns but they don't fit all the way round so I can't close the circle. What do I do? Where am I going wrong.
I'm assuming you are using circular needles, the kind with a cable and needle tips at each end. It depends partly on how long your cable is. These videos are under Advanced Techniques in the Free Videos. One of the methods shown might work for you.
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Yeah, it's because your needle is too long. For hats, since the stitches decrease up to the top, you'll have to use a shorter circular to start with, double-pointed needles to finish when even the short cable doesn't work, or use one of the techniques that are in the above post.
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I always try to use a needle and cable that is about the same size as the circumference of the hat. I like to make baby hats and I had to buy a 12 inch needle as it was easier to work with for that small a hat.