Knitting is a relaxing hobby and also a method of making personalised gifts. If you are knitting a hat for a man, you must consider whether you want to follow a pattern, which type of yarn to use and how to properly size the hat. Hats are quick and easy to knit as long as you understand how to cast on, complete basic stitches such as garter and stockinet in the round, and decrease and weave in your ends. This is a project that can probably be completed in an afternoon.
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Things you need
- Knitting pattern
- Knitting needles (circular and/or double-pointed)
- Measuring tape
Choose a pattern. Look through knitting magazines or pattern books or search online for free patterns (see references and resources). Although you don't necessarily need a pattern to make a basic men's hat, it will provide a starting point if you are a beginning to intermediate knitter.
Purchase your yarn. You may choose to make a hat with a solid colour or blend one or more colours into a special pattern. Consider the material type: Will it be too bulky or itchy? Choose a yarn that is warm but comfortable to wear. If you are specifically following a pattern, be sure to select a yarn that corresponds so you can achieve the proper gauge.
Create a "gauge swatch." Figure out how many stitches per inch you can do with your yarn and the size of knitting needles you have selected. Try knitting a few inches and then measuring the stitches.
Measure the head of the man for whom you are making the hat. It may sound silly, but you want to make sure to knit the band the correct size. If the hat is a gift or you don't have a chance to measure him, use the average head circumference for adult men, which is around 23 to 24 inches. Calculate how many stitches you need to cast on to achieve this measurement.
Knit the band of the hat using circular or double-pointed needles. You may choose to knit a simple garter stitch band or something a little more elaborate. After an inch or 2, switch to stockinet stitch or follow your pattern.
If you are using circular needles, you will need to switch to double-pointed needles soon after you begin decreasing stitches to reach the top of the hat. Decrease until you have only a few stitches left and weave in ends.
Tips and warnings
- Use stitch markers to help you count out your stitches while casting on or decreasing.
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