is this possible, I need help

For those who are following my saga, I have decided to do socks. The person helping me has gotten me started with the top of the sock, but isn't available to help me for about 2 weeks. I know I will finish the 9 or so inches of the top before she can sit down with me so I need another project. So I have a scarf that I made, and I want to make a matching hat. I have already done 2 hats, and don't want to do the same patterns as those. Also, my biggest knitting problem is k2tog and I want practice on that. So I found a pattern that I like and it has k2tog for several stitches ever other row, and I want to give it a try.
1 - it calls for a size 4mm needles(Euro) and I think that this is US size 6. I have size 7 and 8 circulars so I want to work with them (wife will kill me if I buy any more needles!)
2 - I also don't know about their yarn size, because I want use the yarn I have to match the scarf.

So how do I convert their pattern to fit my needs? Gauge right? I says 22st for 10cm, which I think is about 4 inches. So if my size 7 or 8 needles and 22sts comes close to 4 inches, then I am good. But what if it doesn't? Can I use some sort of percentage to convert the stitches?

If this isn't possible, does anyone know of a single yarn pattern, on size 7 or 8 needles for a hat that does k2tog often enough on multiple rows.

MasonM's picture

Calculate the circumference of the desired hat based on their gauge. Then calculate how many stitches you'll need at your gauge to create the same circumference.


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twistknit's picture

When I first started to knit I bought old needles off of ebay. I bought them in lots . It was cheaper than buying them brand new and it made it easier for me to have a variety of needle sizes. I then bought new ones as time went by.

Tallguy's picture

A scarf is not that critical as to gauge. As long as it is not too wide or thick or stiff. You want a rather loose fabric to make it flexible and comfy around the neck.

You can use any yarn and needles that give you the hand of the fabric that you like.

Take the yarn and double it. Choose a needle that is about the same size as the two strands laid side by side. You can use a needle gauge too... find a hole where the two strands go through side by side without bunching. That is your standard needle size to use for most things, such as sweaters. For a firmer fabric, such as socks, you would go down a size or two. For looser fabrics, such as scarves, you would go up a size or two.

Eventually, you will learn to judge a yarn and know what size of needle will give you the fabric that YOU want. For scarves and blankets that don't need to fit a certain body part, any pattern will work since gauge is not that important, because it doesn't need specific measurements. But for hats, mittens, sweaters, you will need to knit a swatch, and determine your gauge and make the necessary adjustments to a pattern to make something that will fit YOU.