How to Knit a Hat on Circular Needles

Learn how to knit a hat on circular needles with this easy-to-follow guide. With step-by-step instructions and photos, you’ll be able to knit a hat on circular needles in no time!

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Materials needed

-1 skein of worsted-weight yarn in the color of your choice
-Circular knitting needles in size US 8 (5 mm), 16″ (40 cm) long
-1 stitch marker

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in St st

Getting started

If you’re new to knitting, or just want to try something different, knitting a hat on circular needles is a great option. It’s not as difficult as it might seem, and you can create some really unique and stylish hats this way. Here’s what you need to know to get started.

First, you’ll need to choose the right size needles. Circular needles come in a variety of sizes, so it’s important to choose the right one for your project. If you’re not sure which size to use, ask at your local yarn store or consult a knitting pattern.

Next, you’ll need to cast on your stitches. To do this, make a slip knot and place it on one of the needles. Then, holding the needle with the slip knot in your left hand, use your right hand to insert the other needle into the loop of the slip knot. Wrap the yarn around the needle and pull through to create a new stitch. Repeat this process until you have the desired number of stitches on your needles.

Now you’re ready to start knitting! To do this, simply hold the needle with the stitches in your left hand and use the other needle in your right hand to knit each stitch through from front to back. When you reach the end of a row, turn your work so that you can knit back across the other side. Continueknit rows until your hat is as tall as you want it to be.

Finally, it’s time to bind off your stitches. To do this, knit two stitches as usual and then lift the first stitch over the second and off of the needle. Knit another stitch and repeat this process until there is only one stitch left on your needle. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail, andpull through final stitch to secure. Weave in any loose ends and voila! You’ve just completed your first hat on circular needles!

Knitting the hat body

Using circular needles, cast on enough stitches to reach around the head just below the ears. If you are using Magic Loop, use half of the total number of stitches on each needle. Join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches, and place a stitch marker or piece of scrap yarn at the beginning of the round.

Hat bodies are typically knit in stockinette stitch (knit one round, purl one round) or ribbing (knit one stitch, purl one stitch). For a simple hat pattern, you could alternate between these two rounds until the hat is as long as you’d like it to be. You could also add stripe patterns by changing yarn colors every few rounds, or add textured stitches by working seed stitch or moss stitch for a few rounds. Be creative!

Knitting the hat brim

Start by casting on the required number of stitches using a long-tail method. If you are not sure how many stitches to cast on, use a stretchy method like the knit 2, purl 2 ribbing method. For a child’s hat, you will need to cast on between 40 and 60 stitches. For an adult hat, you will need to cast on between 60 and 80 stitches.

After you have cast on the required number of stitches, join your work in the round being careful not to twist the stitches. You can now begin knitting in the round.

knit 1, purl 1 around for 2-3 inches or until the brim measures about 1 inch less than the final desired circumference of the hat. For example, if you want your hat to be 20 inches around, you would knit the brim until it measured 19 inches around.

Finishing the hat

To finish the hat, knit two more rows of stockinette stitch. Then, bind off all stitches loosely. Weave in any remaining yarn ends.

Tips and tricks

Knitting a hat on circular needles is a great way to avoid the seam that you would get if you knit the hat on straight needles. It’s also a great way to try out circular needles if you’ve never used them before. Here are some tips and tricks to help you knit a great looking hat on circular needles.

-Choose the right size circular needles. Circular needles come in different sizes, so you’ll need to choose the size that is appropriate for the yarn that you are using. If you are using a medium weight yarn, then you will need to use a size 8 or 9 needle. If you are using a bulky weight yarn, then you will need to use a size 11 or 13 needle.

-Cast on the correct number of stitches. The number of stitches that you need to cast on will depend on the size of the circular needles that you are using and the gauge of your yarn. For example, if you are using size 8 needles and your yarn is listed as being 4 ply, then you will need to cast on 60 stitches.

-Join the stitches in a circle. Once you have cast on the correct number of stitches, it’s time to join them in a circle so that you can start knitting in the round. To do this, simply hold the needle with the cast on stitches in your left hand and insert the other needle into the first stitch on the left hand needle. Then wrap the yarn around both needles and pull through to create a new stitch. Repeat this process until all of the stitches have been joined in a circle.

-Start knitting! Now that all of your stitches are joined in a circle, it’s time to start knitting! You will knit every stitch around until your work measures about 7 inches from the cast on edge.

-Start decreasing for the top of the hat. Once your work measures 7 inches from the cast on edge, it’s time to start decreasing for the top of the hat. To do this, simply knit 2 stitches together every other row until there are only 10 stitches remaining on your needle. Then cut your yarn, leaving a long tail, and thread it through these last 10 stitches so that they can be pulled tight and closed up.

FAQs

-How do I determine what size needle to use?
-What is the best way to cast on when using circular needles?
-Should I be using a pattern?
-How do I knit in the round on circular needles?
-What is the best way to bind off when using circular needles?

Further reading

If you’re looking for more information on how to knit a hat on circular needles, there are plenty of resources available online and in your local library. Here are a few recommendations to get you started:

– “The Knitter’s Book of Hats” by Ann Budd
– “Hats On! 15 Cool Patterns to Knit for Kids” by Lynn Keegan
– “How to Knit Hats, Scarves & More” by Leisure Arts

Credits

This guide was written by Sarah Seto and is shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/). You are free to share and adapt this material for non-commercial purposes, as long as you give appropriate credit and distribute any derivatives under the same license.

About the author

Hi, my name is Amy and I love to knit! I started knitting when I was a little girl and haven’t stopped since. I’ve been knitting for over 20 years now and have learned a lot along the way.

I’veKnitted hats for years, both as gifts and for myself. I’ve tried all different kinds of needles and techniques, but my favorite way to knit a hat is on circular needles. Circular needles are so versatile and easy to use, plus they make it easy to knit a hat in any size.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to knit a hat on circular needles. We’ll start with some basic information about circular needles and then move on to specific instructions for knitting a hat. By the end of this guide, you’ll know everything you need to know to knit a beautiful hat on circular needles!

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