Was thinking about a friend of mine who was going through some testing today. So, I knit her a hat for the future just in case. Did a gauge swatch … Did the math and decided 88 sts on a US5 would be perfect for her petite self. Hope I was right.
A hat can be knit in the round or flat. Do a swatch and get your stitches per inch. Measure the persons cranium if at all possible and the subtract one inch. Multiply stitches per inch by size of cranium and cast on that number. For an adult I like the hat to be deep — like 6-7 inches before I start my decreases. Less so for a child.
Since my hat had 88 sts I based my decreases on units of 11 to begin with:
(K9, k2tog) around, work one row even
(K8, k2tog) around, work one row even
And so on until it is: (k2tog) across whole row.
Then I like to graft my hats closed…I just like the look.
Here is what I knit today: