I am a new knitter–I’ve tackled a couple of scarves and now want to knit a baby cap, for my baby! Today I bought the sz 7 double pointed and circular needles. The yarn suggested in the pattern was not available (ie the exact brand) but I bought one that seemed like it might work.
The lady at the shop suggested if I want it to fit the baby’s 1 year old head, to knit for the 2 year old pattern–apparently she thinks the yarn isn’t ideal.
I got to work knitting a swatch to test for gauge. the pattern says 5 stitches to an inch. I’ve got 5.5 stitches to the inch. (part of this could just be me; I’m a pretty tight knitter.)
In any event, my question(s)–
should I buy a new yarn, or fudge this one?
by fudge I mean–is there any way to make a baby hat (perhaps by knitting the LARGER size) that will fit some baby, at some time (I just want to learn the skill!) while being half a stitch off in gauge?
I suppose I could buy size 8 needles, but it hurts my heart to turn around and buy new needles when I just bought these today. I want to get started and am wondering if I could still make a hat this way…??
Thanks so much for any advice you can give!!!