Knitter Conundrum

Being a knitter makes you think things like: do I have a small, medium, or large head?

Same for hands. 

I had to measure my head with a measuring tape tonight. 

The start to my hat was far too small. 

Spent the evening knitting about two inches of hat so I could rip it all out and decide to try again tomorrow. 

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8 thoughts on “Knitter Conundrum

    • I knew things were iffy when it said start with size 6 needles then change to 10 after the brim. I was thinking “well that’s a big difference…” It was. I ended up with a child-sized brim.

  1. Like most knitting, I think you get a feel for it after making a few. For me, 96 stitches on a size 5 makes a good starter band in a DK or worsted weight yarn. From there, I mentally size up or down for yarn differences & hat recipient. But I had quite a few hat mishaps gaining that knowledge. Like the hat that was so big around the brim that it could have been an infinity cowl…

  2. This is a constant frustration! I keep making hats for myself and hate how they fit (despite measuring and swatching). Too small or in the case of my recent hat, perfect fit until I wear it once. It has just enough alpaca to make the recovery of the fabric awful so this thing will go flying in a good wind! And don’t even get me started on making hard, socks, or gloves as gifts!

    • I’m glad to know I’m not the only one with this issue. I tried to knit myself a pair of mittens and I actually did a gauge swatch (a rarity for me). They still came out tiny. I have largish hands for a woman but still, I planned them to fit me. Luckily I have a dear friend with the tiniest little hands that will fit them.

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