I’m knitting a basic stockinette hat in the round for the first time, so complete beginner to this!
My pattern recommends 90 stitches with a gauge of 22 sts & 28 rows to 10 x 10cm using stockinette stitch.
It’s for my partner who has quite a big head. I measured his head circumference to be 24 inches (~60cm) around.
I’ve calculated this to mean 132 stitches instead of 90 (I cross multiplied 22:10cm, ?:60cm, 22 multiplied by 60, then divided by 10), but that seems like way too many stitches!
It also starts with a 1x1 rib, so I assume it will be stretchy too, therefore not necessary to have that many.
When shaping the crown, my pattern looks a little like this:
Row 1: k6, s2kpo, k6 six times (78 sts)
Row 2: knit
Row 3: k5, s2kpo, k5 six times (66 sts)
It decreases by 12 sts every 2 rows, so I was thinking I can only add extra stitches in multiples of 12? Would 102 stitches (90+12) do for the size of my partner’s head?
And then would I have to add another row at the start like this if I add the extra 12 sts:
k7, s2kpo, k7 six times
He doesn’t mind if the hat is longer/more slouchy.
I guess my questions are in summary:
- Would 102 stitches be enough?
- If I added 12 extra stitches (102 altogether), would I have to do another row of decreases?
- Is it best to do a gauge of rib 1x1 to work out the right size?