# How To Decrease Stitches In Knitting A Hat?

## How long should a knitted hat be before decreasing?

Important Hat Knitting Tip You’re finished hat should be 2 – 4 inches smaller (negative ease) than you’re actual head circumference. I usually knit mine 2 inches smaller. The reason for this is because you want your hat to fit comfortably snug on your head.

## How do you decrease when knitting in the round?

Rather than decreasing once at the start or end of each section, divide the round into half as many sections and then decrease at both the start and end of each section. The decreases will form 2-stitch vertical bands of stockinette.

## How do you decrease a hat when knitting with straight needles?

Decrease the top of the hat. Row 1: K1, P2tog – rep to the end of the row. Row 2: K1, P1 – rep to the end of the row. Row 3: K2tog – rep to the end of the row. Row 4: Purl – rep to the end of the row.

## Can you knit a hat without double pointed needles?

Yes there is a way to do it without using double pointed needles, you can use two circular needles instead. This method is often used for knitting circular items like socks, but I use it for anything that I wan to knit in the round that is too small to fit on a single circular needle.

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## How many stitches do I cast on for a hat?

If you want to knit a hat that’s 19 inches around, you will cast on 5 stitches per inch times 19 inches, for a total of 95 stitches.

## How many stitches do you need for a child’s hat?

Notions:

Gauge Number of Stitches to Cast On
3 sts/inch 48 (54, 60)
4 sts/inch 64 (72, 80)
5 sts/inch 80 (90, 100)
6 sts/inch 96 (108, 120)

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## How long should a slouchy hat be?

If you’re knitting a slouch or a beret you will want to add a bit of additional length before you begin the crown shaping. The longer the length, the more the hat will slouch. Generally, slouch factor is created with 1 to 3 inches of extra length. I generally use about 2″.

## What does K2TOG mean in knitting?

They are simply decreasing stitches. K2TOG means to knit 2 stitches together at the same time. So, instead of knitting 1 stitch like you normally would, you knit 2…that’s it! P2TOG means to purl 2 stitches together at the same time. Same as a normal purl…

## Can you knit a hat with straight needles?

Good news! It’s easy to knit a hat on straight needles. A hat knit in the round is usually cast on at the brim edge, joined, then worked in the round all the way to the top of the hat, with shaping for the crown.