Author Topic: A Question for my Knitting Peeps: Hats  (Read 14751 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Larissa

  • Reef Botanicals
  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 9482
  • Act well your part, there all the honour lies.
    • View Profile
    • Reef Botanicals
A Question for my Knitting Peeps: Hats
« on: October 19, 2012, 06:55:38 AM »
So... not until after the holidays but I'm thinking about it now. 

I have this hat pattern I want to do.  It calls for size 9 DPNs.  I have a size 8 circular needle or size 10 DPNs (thanks, Gina!).  Which is better?  Can I do the size 8 & just take care not to pull too tight, and a hat will stretch enough anyway, or will I end up with a child-sized hat?  Or can I do the size 10s or will I end up swimming in a hat for a giant's head?

Or should I just suck it up and buy size 9 DPNs?

Offline Blue Highways

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1631
  • Book Nerd
    • View Profile
    • My Shop and Blog
Re: A Question for my Knitting Peeps: Hats
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2012, 09:18:51 AM »
I'd get the needles, you'll use them often enough to warrant the expense. I've used them for making socks, hats etc. circular will just not do when the stitches are too few. Does the hat eventually end up being finished on a circular?


Offline Larissa

  • Reef Botanicals
  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 9482
  • Act well your part, there all the honour lies.
    • View Profile
    • Reef Botanicals
Re: A Question for my Knitting Peeps: Hats
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2012, 04:17:12 PM »
And the size 10 DPNs will be too big?

Offline Blue Highways

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1631
  • Book Nerd
    • View Profile
    • My Shop and Blog
Re: A Question for my Knitting Peeps: Hats
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2012, 04:37:24 PM »
Knit up a swatch and see if the size is pretty close to the same. Assuming they have a gauge on the pattern of course

Offline Larissa

  • Reef Botanicals
  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 9482
  • Act well your part, there all the honour lies.
    • View Profile
    • Reef Botanicals
Re: A Question for my Knitting Peeps: Hats
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2012, 11:53:03 PM »
Oh good grief.  You're obviously brighter than I am.

Offline knittinggalore

  • Newbie
  • Posts: 2
    • View Profile
Re: A Question for my Knitting Peeps: Hats
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2012, 12:47:23 AM »
I agree knit up a swatch you will be have a better idea which works best. ;)

Offline lisianblue

  • Hero Member
  • Posts: 2964
    • View Profile
    • lisianblue
Re: A Question for my Knitting Peeps: Hats
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2012, 09:24:42 AM »
How long is the circular needle? about 16" is the best - and they are hard to find!  At least around here they are.

If the hat starts at the brim, it is possible to start with a circular needle but once you start decreasing it would get pretty hard to do - you really need dbl pointed needles.  You could also try altering the stitch count! Sometimes, making swatches is just one of those necessary things,  not one of my favorite things to do!  But, sometimes they are an aide  to alter a pattern or if you don't have the right size needle and are impatient to try something!
Also, the shorter dbl pointed needles are easier for working with the top part, at least for me they are.   When you have 16, 8 stitches trying to work them with 10" needles is sort of a pain!
Kris 
"Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced."  Leo Tolstoy 

http://handmadeartists.com/shop/reflections
http://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/lisianblue

http://twitter.com/lisianblue
http://lisianblue.blogspot.com

desertrose0601

  • Guest
Re: A Question for my Knitting Peeps: Hats
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2013, 04:14:04 PM »
It just depends on your pattern and what size it calls for. Different patterns call for different needles. It's not a matter of which needles are best in general - they all have their purpose - just depends on what will get you the intended results for the pattern you are knitting.