Knitting hats

Has anyone used elastic thread to sew into the brim of hats so they stay snug and it keeps the hats from becoming too loose.

You could try that. It might be better to knit the brim with a size or two smaller needle then switch to the main needle for the body of the hat. It’s also possible to cast on fewer sts in the brim then increase for the body of the hat.

That is a good point. I’ll definitely try casting on fewer stitches. Thank you.

That’s a good idea, I didn’t think of casting on fewer stitches for the brim. I’ll try it. Thank you

I use a strand of Woolray (coned for machine knitting) along with ribbing on brims, cuffs etc. Very elastic with lots of body. On the machine its easy to ply it so it stays in back & small color differences do not show. Its harder to do by hand but it can be done with practice. Sometimes I weave it in & out. I always have bits of it left over so its always handy to me. I have big cones of elastic thread but its hard to regulate imo. Stretch to hard here - not hard enough elsewhere. That sort of thing. I find woolray more consistent.

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It’s better to use smaller needles, switch yarn, decrease cast on stitches. Or switch to a different pattern. I have used this pattern a lot. Just finished a hat. This is easy to do and hugs the head firmly. The k6 p2 rib is interesting too. https://www.allfreeknitting.com/Ribbed-Hats/grandmas-knit-hat-and-mittens

Hi. Can someone please help me with this? I am using a #5 bulky yarn and 5,5mm needles. I was wondering how many stitches would you cast on for an adult size hat? Thanks in advance :blush:

Bulky yarn is ~12-15sts/4 inches (10cm) so it’s difficult to say precisely but something around 72sts should work for about a 20" hat. You’ll have to give it a try with your yarn and needles and your tension to be sure.

Thank you so very much. Actually I have lion brand T&Q. I started an hat from this new ball of yarn and I discovered i had something done wrong. So I frogged it. Now the yarn isn’t nearly as thick as it was. You know how the yarn just isn’t the same when you use it the second time around? I find this especially with the striped yarn in lion brand. So I can’t use the same size needles. So I’m trying to make some use of it. Thanks again for your help. Lydia :cherry_blossom::butterfly: