Beginner’s Guide for Knitting Hat

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my all handmade winter outfit (cardi knitted by my bf’s mom)

Okay, so here we go. As I also started knitting not so long ago, I do notice the up and downs in knitting. There are many interesting projects to try, as there are abundant amount of free tutorials accessible online. However the classic problem with yarn is, it’s always rather tricky to get the yarn you actually want, in the size like what the tutorial’s suggested. So in this guideline I’m practically gonna tell you how to create your measurement to knit a basic winter hat, despite the thickness/size of the wool. You are free to pick any yarn you like, yay!!

Quite often, I also get questions, what is the difference between knit and crochet. Well, in crochet you basically create a knot, but in knitting you actually drop a knot, if not more like a loop. If you view this beginner’s video for knitting you will see why (scroll down where there is a clickable link to the two types of stitches required to make the hat).

Basically for hats, all you need is buy the yarn you like (I like chunky yarns) and then follow this simple steps to make your own measurements. When you buy your yarn the label would tell you which needle to get. You don’t always have to follow this suggestion. For example, if your yarn says size 10-12 then you will get big chunky braids with size 12 and a rather tighter braids with a size 10. The needle size will determine how the braids look, but it also means it determine how big the holes in between are. For a yarn suggested with a size 10-12 you can use a size 8 for example, for a much tighter braid. It won’t look that pretty since you see less of the texture, but on the other side, the hole in between also get much smaller, which also means your hat will get much warmer. This is what I exactly did with my hat. While I came from a tropical country, the truth is I live in a cold country in North Europe, so I want to keep myself as warm as possible.

In this picture below you see a small knitted blue rectangle. This is a ‘test piece’ and you only use the right/knit stitches for this. Related to the previous paragraph, the test piece below is the same yarn I used for my hat, knitted with a size 12 needle (compare how the braid looks with my hat which used a size 6 needle). This piece is made by making 10 stitches in 10 rows. When you have this, measure the length. Mine is 11 cm. Simply then, it means that 10 stitches makes 11 cm. So to make a hat with my head circle (52 cm) I will need 47 stitches. Simple math 🙂 I normally add 1 stitch (so I actually work with 48 stitches cause you technically stitch two stitches together to make the shape circular) but its optional. Some people like their hat to just sit right, some like it rather tighter.

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