# Apparently i can only knit flat things...help!

Hey everyone! I am knitting the bzzz hat from SnBn for my friend and I have some questions:
The hat is knitted on size 8 circs…do I knit my gauge swatch on circs or size 8 straight needles? (my guess is straights)

The pattern includes working in reverse stockinette stitch. How does one do that?

Lastly, his skull is 24" and the finished hat size is 20". Should I adjust the hat to be about 22" or something?

I would use the circs for the gauge since you’ll be knitting with circs. Reverse stockinette is physcially the same as Stockinette. But the knit side is the wrong side in reverse stock, while the knit side is the right side in stockinette. That is my understanding of reverse stock. Someone correct me if I’m wrong. If you’re versed in altering patterns, then go for it But if you’re not, then I would just make the next size.

that is my understanding of reverse stockinette too …and if that is the case then wouldn’t that mean you purl every row to do a reverse stockinette on circs? (i am assuming that since you knit every row to get regular stockinette)

Or, can you just knit the whole thing & then turn it inside out?

Great idea!

Yeah knit the swatch on circs.

Reverse stockinette on circs mean you start purling instead of knitting. So let’s say the pattern wants you to knit for an inch in stockineete then an inch in reverse then another inch in stockinette again. When you do stockinetee all you ahve to do is knit but to get “reverse” you have to purl to reverse the effects of the “just knitting to sstockineete” ratio" Does that makes sense?

ABout the sizing part, it’s kindof a math problem. I think I would knit a swatch, find you stich per inch, then just multiply that by 24. I don’t know what yer pattern is so don’t know what you’d do about increasess and stuff. Hmmmm…

Ahhhh, now I get it…
Thanks everyone!

You can knit it all and then turn it inside out; as long as you can translate any decrease stitches required for the hat, to be worked on the knit side. You can’t easily just turn it inside out to work stitches, and then back the other way, if you know what I mean. So if you start working it inside out, you have to finish working it inside out.

There’s a trick for working swatches for projects done in the round. If you’ll be purling the whole time, be sure to do the swatch in purling. Or in knitting if you’ll be knitting. Since making a small circular swatch requires a bigger swatch for easy measuring; the trick is to make a flat swatch, simulating knitting in the round. You do it on double pointed or circular needles. You knit a row, then slide the work to the other end, and knit the next row; repeat. You need to leave a long strand of yarn in the back so you don’t end up with a fat i-cord. You’ll have a flat swatch, with big strands of yarn draped across the back. This simulates knitting in the round, because you get stockinette stitch by all knitting. (Or all purling if you want to work that way.) Hope that makes sense.

happy knitting!

Thanks for passing on such useful knitting knowledge! So much to learn…