Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Hat Question...

Does anyone know if there is a way to calculate a pattern for a knit hat for whatever yarn or needles you might have. I've only followed patterns for hats but sometimes I'd like to make one with a particular yarn but can't find a pattern specific for that yarn or I don't have the size of needles it calls for but might have a size smaller or larger. It seems like it should be something easy to figure out. I've seen lots of hats made with handspun yarn...the thickness of that varies and so a pattern couldn't be specific for it. Any tips or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Happy Wednesday and happy knitting! :)

3 comments:

Lisa said...

I am hat free, but I imagine that it would be akin to making socks. Measure the girth of the head, multiply the number of stitches per inch in your gauge swatch by the number of inches around the head, and maybe subtract 10% of the stitches to make some negative ease and/or use ribbing to keep it snug.

Acorn to Oak said...

"Hat free"...It's kinda funny that I make hats so much cuz I don't wear them but...they're fun to make. Thanks for the advice. I need to experiment with that. I just hate to spend time on samples (can you tell I dont like to make gauge samples?! lol) cuz I like to get right into the real project. It's probably something I need to do to advance my knitting skills though, which I really want to do. I need to move beyond the easy stuff so I can make the extra cool stuff. :)

Lisa said...

I have some yarn set aside to make myself a hat, and some patterns for hats picked out in my Ravelry queue, but never the twain have met.