Hello experienced knitters! I am a relatively new knitter and I am trying to make a hat for my husband. This is the pattern he likes: http://www.morehousefarm.com/Original/Pattern/duJour/09/
Here is my problem…We went to the local knitting shop and I showed them the pattern and they pointed me in the direction of this yarn: http://www.classiceliteyarns.com/product_page_detail.php?category_id=1&item_id=44
Both the pattern and the yarn label say that I should be knitting 5.5 stitches per inch on size 6 needles…but I am knitting about 8-9 stitches per inch on size 6 DPNS (in K2 P2 pattern). I really like the look that I am achieving, so I do not want to go up in yarn weight or needle size. In fact, I tried using 8’s and felt it was too open.
So my question is…can I adjust the pattern to fit my knitting, and if so, how? I measured hubby’s head at 22.75 inches, so by my calculations 22.75 inches x 8 stitches = 182 stitches needed for cast on? Can this possibly be right? That is more than double what the pattern calls for (88). Am I biting off more than I can chew?