Knitted Hats Tutorial on Straight Needles
I finally just learned how to knit hats on straight needles. Still can’t for the life of me use the round needles to make anything! General rule for knitting hats is you want around 70 stitches on 5mm needles to begin with. Otherwise simply measure your head and knit to match that length. If you’re unsure if it will fit simply slide you work of your needles and see if it works! Note do not do that though if you don’t know how to put your work back onto the knitting needles!
For the hat on the left in the image in this case I suggest about 78 stitches on 5mm needles. Otherwise just make sure if you start with knit that you end with purl stitches so that when you close up the hat and the two ends meet up they are opposite. So you cast on and then do *4 knit stitches, 4 purl stitches* for 4 rows and then do the reverse for the next 4 rows doing *4 purl stitches, 4 knit stitches* continuing to switch every 4 rows. This in the end creates an effect where there appear to be a lot of boxes. Now you continue to do this till your hat measure around 7.5 inches in length. You’re now going to go across the row either doing *knit 2 together, knit 2 more together, purl 2 together, purl 2 more together*, or the reverse of that being *purl 2 together, purl 2 more together, knit 2 together, knit 2 more together*, depending on where in the pattern you are. For those of you who don’t understand the terminology of knitting 2 together this means you simply slide your needle under 2 stitches, and knit them as though they are one. So now the effect is your boxes of 4 are now 2 in width (but still 4 in length). You’re now going to knit 3 rows as normal, however, remembering it’s now either *knit 2, purl 2* or *purl 2, knit 2*. Now after that you are going to yet again knit 2 stitches together for the entire row (I say only knits as at this point you can ignore alternating knits and purls if you like as it’s your last row). Now cut of a piece of string about an arms length long. Thread a needle and one by one take all the stitches off your knitting needle, threading the yarn through. Now pull that yarn and gather the top of your hat. From here simply stitch the two sides together.
As for the second hat this is ribbing. What it involves is simply *knit 2, purl 2* for the entire pattern. Make sure you are using the sizing as above and if you begin with knit, your row should finish with purl. From here knit about 7.5 inches in length. Then after you have 7.5 inches knitting *Knit 2 stitches together, Purl 2 stitches together* (see above pattern if you need a knit 2 together, purl 2 together, explanation). So now your pattern is *knit 1, purl 1*. Continue this for 3 rows. Now knit 2 stitches repeating this all the way across the row. And the finishing for this will be the same as in the above pattern in that you will now cut of a piece of string about an arms length long. Thread a needle and one by one take all the stitches off your knitting needle, threading the yarn through. Now pull that yarn and gather the top of your hat. From here simply knit the two sides together.