Beanie Help Using Sock Yarn 4ply or Fingering Yarn

The other day, a co-worker of mine gave me some sock yarn "Kroy Sock Yarn" to make him a Beanie. I started simple Beanie with a 2x2 rib brim about 15 rows, and the remainder stockinette. I am using size 2 DPN and i cast-on 160 stitches with an increase of 8 stitches after the brim was made. I found another project on ravelry that suggested 160 stitches, 40 stitches on each double pointed needle.

Problem is, I'm worried that the beanie may be too large, because I'm halfway finished with it, and it seems a little big. Should I continue with this hat and see if it will begin to fit as I finish it, or should I go ahead and frog this project? Has anyone found a good number to cast-on, to be close to a normal person's head circumference using this yarn? I'd like it to fit pretty snug...


MMario's picture

measure the hat. measure the head. You should have about a 10% negative ease

(if 20 inch circumfrence on the head, then about 18 inches for the hat.)

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First, unless you are an very loose knitter I would recommend you go up to a US3. (3.25 mm). I have been using Kroy for years and use a US3 when it is not for socks.

Then if you cast-on 112 sts, this will fit most normal people's heads. With it being a bit looser it will fit more head sizes.

Don't bother increasing after the brim as it will limit the number of ways the user can wear it: it limits the number of times he/she can rollup the brim.

Good Luck

Tallguy's picture

I seem to remember someone once saying something about making a gauge swatch, and I wonder if that might not be a good thing to do in these types of cases. But now that you have this much done, consider it a swatch... determine your gauge, do a bit of math, and let's see what size it is. You'll know what you need to do... in the end.

jwhassjr's picture

Sounds like your knitting of DPNs. If so, it may likely be fine. There seems to be a bit of flare on hats knit with DPNs until you get about five or six inches from the cast on edge (especially with ribbing). You could run a thread of yarn through the live stitches and then try the hat on and see how it fits before going any further. If it seems to fit securely, then I would pick up the stitches and keep knitting. Otherwise it may be best to frog the thing and knit a gauge swatch (in the round).

michaelpthompson's picture

It's really hard to tell whether it will fit while it's still on the needles. The number of rows and stitches is very dependent on gauge, and so is the size. Gauge changes depending on the yarn, the needles, and your tension. That's why a gauge swatch is so very important.

However, at this point, you don't need to make a separate swatch. Just mark out a four inch square on your existing hat and count the stitches and rows. You can compare that to the gauge specified in the pattern from which you took the 160 stitches idea and see if you're knitting something comparable in size to what they did. Plus, once you've established how many stitches per inch, you can figure out the final size of the hat. If you know your friend's hat size, or can measure the circumference of his head, you can use MMario's figures to understand how it will fit.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."