I want to make a hat but


#1

I only have straight needles 4mm long - is it possible to make a circle with those. If I can - please tell and give some ideas!! Also are there any good youtube videos you would recommend for my problem?:mrgreen:


#2

Your needles are 4 mm [I]long[/I]? I looked at my ruler and that seems to convert to about 1 1/2" which is really short.

How useful this technique is for you I can’t say.
Knitting in The Round Straight


#3

Do you have a pattern already or are you looking for one? There are many hat patterns for 4mm straight needles on Ravelry. You’ll have to seam them but that’s not difficult to do.


#4

The first hat I made was with straight needles, but then you have to sew it up to make the hat shape. I didn’t like the way it looked (translation: I didn’t sew it very well), so I decided to learn how to Knit in the Round so I wouldn’t have to sew it. It took some practice, now it’s the only way I knit! There are good videos on this website and on YouTube. If you try it, I think you will like it!


#5

I concur. 4mm long needles would be so tiny, I’d get cramps in my hands trying to use them. Maybe they would look good as a doll accessory? :teehee:


#6

I definitely recommend double-pointed needles! I haven’t touched my straight needles in years. People are often intimidated by using four needles, but the principle is the same & it’s actually quite easy once you’ve got it.

Good luck making your hat!


#7

Well, you can definitely knit a round object using straight needles. You would need to knit the project flat and then seam it to make a round shape. I would recommend using a ‘mattress stitch’ for creating your seam. Imo it produces the cleanest seam.

If you were to knit the object in the round, there are a number of different techniques and types of needles you can use to accomplish this. When I first began knitting hats in the round, I used a 16" circular needle, and when the circle became to small to accommodate the circular needle, I switched to double pointed needles.

I have used the 'Magic Loop’method for small diameter circular knitting for years; the technique usually requires a minimum of 30" length circular needle. There is no need to change to double pointed needles when using this technique.

Recently I have begun to use two circular needles to knit certain round projects. I have not knitted enough projects using this method to know how I feel about this technique, but I certainly do like it and may very well end up preferring it to the ‘Magic Loop’.


#8

I think by long she just means straight needles that are 4 mm diameter.


#9

My first few hats were done on straight needles. It’s really not that hard to do. You just have to seam them once you are done. Hat part can be a pain. I usually do mine on two circular needles now though.


#10

Hello
I’m a male knitter for 25+ years now I’m 42. I accidently stumbled across this website. I’d help in any way I can with any questions also. I use YouTube if I have a question and no knitter is available to consult. I have no friends who knit, so any communication would be cool.
Sincerely,
Ahymsa Martin


#11

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#12

This is the best tutorial I have ever seen on seaming! I think the knitting term is Bickford Seam. I challenge you to find the seam on the right side of the work! You really have to look for it. I enjoy using straights to get a break from fighting with my circular cables. https://youtu.be/xxLLcwjiwk8