Knitting a hat with circular needles is an easy way to knit a hat in the round. Since you are knitting with two needles that are adjoined by a cord, there is no need for you to change needles anymore thereby making you more efficient to work faster and better. Circular knitting needles are more ergonomic too because knitting with them will let the weight of any project, whether it is a hat or a sweater, to rest on your lap and not on your hands which will prevent arm strains on your part in the future.
Do you have circular needles that are just dying to be used? If so then read on to find out how to knit a hat using them.
Materials needed. The materials that you need to knit a hat are as follows: 60 yards of a bulky-weight yarn made from acrylic or polyamide in the color of your choice, 2 sets of US#11 circular needles on a 16-inch cable, stitch marker, a pair of scissors and a yarn needle.
Gauge. For this particular project, you will be using a gauge of 3 ½ stitches and 4 rows per inch in stockinette stitch in the round. Make sure that your gauge is correct.
Step 1. To start knitting your hat, cast on 60 stitches.
Step 2. Join in the round by knitting the first stitch tightly to prevent any gaps between the first and last stitches in the round. Be careful not twist the stitches by making sure that all your stitches are facing the same direction before you make your join. You can use a stitch marker to help you remember.
Step 3. Knit in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 2 inches.
Step 4. Continue to knit in stockinette stitches until the whole piece measures up 6 inches long.
Step 5. For the next row, knit two (K2) knit two together. Repeat procedure across. 45 stitches.
Step 6. On the next row, knit one (K1) knit two together. Repeat procedure across. 30 stitches.
Step 7. For the next row, knit one (K1), knit two together and repeat across, end knit 2 (K2). 20 stitches.
Step 8. Knit two together across. 10 stitches.
Step 9. Knit two together across, end knit 1 (K1). 5 stitches.
Finishing touches. Keep in mind that you can also knit with two circular needles when you can no longer accommodate enough stitches on your single circular needle. Once you get down to five or six stitches, you may now cut the yarn as long as you leave a long trail. Thread the yarn using your yarn needle and weave it through the live stitches and slide them off carefully as you go. Pull it tightly to make the top of your hat. Finish it off by weaving in the ends.
Congratulations, you have been rewarded with a slouchy hat for your patience and hard work! It is the perfect accessory to spice up any outfit when you go out with your family and friends. Hats make great and thoughtful gifts too so be sure to knit some when special occasions and holidays occur.