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Old 11-13-2011, 09:03 AM   #1
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my gift hat is too big
oh no, my friend has a smallish head (20"). My head measures 23" which is quite large, and look how it fits me. Even if I roll it up, it will be too big for her.



So! I can keep it for myself, to wear wtih my heavier winter coat in January. I don't think it can be de-knitted, cuz of all the knotty bobbles in the yarn. I do have another ball.

But I don't know how to figure out how many stitches to cast on for a smaller head.

I'm thinkin': the yarn knits about 5 stitches per inch, so a 20" head should need 100 stitches. BUT: this hat was knit with only 60 stitches and look how big it turned out. Maybe it's the needle size?
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:42 AM   #2
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Yes, its the needle size that determines how many sts you need, and you should make the hat about 2" smaller than the head measures. So figure out how many sts per inch you get with the yarn and needles and multiply it times 18". Yarn in hats stretches easily.
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:03 AM   #3
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And you can always wear another hat under it when it gets cold. Don't think of it as a failure. Think of it as a learning experience. I've got bags full of "learning experiences." But I know how to do it now.
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:16 PM   #4
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Oh thank you, ladies! I love the idea of wearing two hats! hehe, will make a smaller one now....and the tips on using smaller needles and counting is helpful....thanks!
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:34 PM   #5
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If you're going to use the same yarn as in the picture, smaller needles might make too dense a knit. Use less stitches.....
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:37 PM   #6
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That's why I hate knitting hats. I do them once in awhile, but I don't like making them. Success on your next attempt!!!!!
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:19 PM   #7
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Hi,
Did you knit the hat with a wool fiber? If so you can slightly felt it.
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Old 11-25-2011, 06:39 PM   #8
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Did you knit the hat with a wool fiber? If so you can slightly felt it.
Hey that's a darn good idea, dreamsherl!
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Doesn't felting usually shrink more lengthwise than widthwise? That could result in a shorter, wider hat.

What could be done is to cut a stitch above the ribbing to take it off and unravel a few rounds, then reknit them and the ribbing with much smaller needles.
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
Doesn't felting usually shrink more lengthwise than widthwise? That could result in a shorter, wider hat.

What could be done is to cut a stitch above the ribbing to take it off and unravel a few rounds, then reknit them and the ribbing with much smaller needles.
It worked for me.
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