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Old 12-06-2007, 02:55 PM   #1
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needle size for hat ribbing
I have made a lot of hats, but not many lately and I forget things. Do you guys use a smaller needle when you do the ribbing of a hat (like you do for a sweater) or do you usually use the same size needle throughout? I'm talking about a basic hat that starts as ribbing and goes to stockinette for the top.

What is your opinion on this? What works for you? Thanks for input.
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Old 12-06-2007, 03:05 PM   #2
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Most patterns suggest using a smaller size; sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.
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Old 12-07-2007, 11:47 AM   #3
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If you are starting out with ribbing and then going to stockinette, I would definitely recommend a smaller size for the ribbing and the next larger size for the stockinette. I think that it doesn't hugely matter for hats that are all ribbing, but with the combination of the two, I've had issues with hats that I didn't switch needles on. The fit was all wonky.
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I made this hat - http://delcroissant.blogspot.com/200...o-of-2007.html for my son and just used the same needle for the ribbing and the hat. Because the slip stitch rib in the hat is a little looser, that worked out fine.
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Old 12-07-2007, 08:45 PM   #5
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I usually use the same needle for both. If you want the rib a little tighter, you can always always knit in the back loop of the first k st in each group.
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Old 12-08-2007, 08:52 PM   #6
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