I have found a few patterns online for top-down knitting of a stocking hat. I find it very difficult to manage things and get the knitting to be what I would call the beginnings of a proper hat. Has anyone found a good pattern that I could try? I would like to use circular needles as I find them easier to use than the double-pointed ones.
The most "successful" one I tried had me cast on four stitches, one for each of the needles. Then it said to do my "favorite increase" stitch. I didn't know I had a favorite! Ha! I used the knit-front-to-back stitch, which worked, but things got pretty tight. Should I add a knit row after each of the increase rows? One pattern suggested that, another didn't.
I like the idea of knitting from the top down because with stitches changing with different types of yarn, I find it easier to get a hat to fit better without having to guess how big it's going to be from the start. I have knitted swatches, done the math, and I still don't get quite the right fit.
Thanks, guys for any advice you can offer!