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Old 03-19-2006, 07:41 PM   #1
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Needle size specified in pattern?
Hi, I am starting a baby hat that calls for needle sizes 5 and 7 using worsted weight. Can I use 6 and 8 or will my hat be completely off..too big or small? (I haven't started a gauge test yet!)
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Old 03-19-2006, 07:45 PM   #2
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You'd be best to make a gauge swatch first before deciding what size needles to make. Although having said that, with a hat gauge isn't nearly as crucial as with something like a sweater where 'fit' is really important, but you still want as good a fit as you can get for the hat so I'd say see what your gauge is a go from there.
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Old 03-19-2006, 07:46 PM   #3
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The potential for a size difference is there. It would be bigger than the pattern says it will be if you knit at the same tension as the pattern calls for. I usually have to go up a needle size to get gauge, so it's possible that it will come out all right. It just depends on your tension. And if it is a bit bigger, babies get bigger rapidly, anyway.
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