Step 1 - Measurement
For an accurate head measure, place a tape measure across the forehead to calculate the full measure of the head. And in order to know the correct height for your hat measure from the ear lobe to the desired height BEFORE hat shaping.
Preemie 12" 3"
Baby 14" 4"
Step 2 - Gauge
Start with the needles recommended on the yarn label and cast on 20 stitches and work in Stockinette Stitche for 4" Continue working gauge SWATCH, switching needles if necessary in order to obtain the correct density. Once you are happy with how it looks, count your stitches per inch and use the formula below to determine the number of stitches you'll need to cast on to create a personalized hat.
_____ Gauge (stitches per inch) X ______ (head circumference) = ____ # of stitches to cast on
Note: the # of stitches should be divisible by 6 or 8 in order to create a nice and symmetrical decrease on the crown. Round up or down for a cast on amount divisible by 6 or 8.
Rolled Brim - continue working in stitch pattern to desired length.
1 x 1 rib brim - cast on a multiple of 2 or for a 2 x 2 rib, cast on an amount divisible by 4. Knit to desired
length of brim.
Ruffled edge - cast on 4 times the # of stitches from the formula. Knit 1 round. K2tog all around. Knit 1
6 stitch decrease
Row 1: K4, K2tog - repeat for entire round
Row 2 & all even rows - Knit
Row 3: K3, K2tog - repeat for entire round
Row 5: K2, K2tog - repeat for entire round
Row 7: K1, K2tog - repeat for entire round
Row 9: K2tog - repeat until 6 stitches remain
8 stitch decrease
Row 1: K6, K2tog - repeat for entire round
Row 2 & all even rows - Knit
Row 3: K5, K2tog - repeat for entire round
Row 5: K4, K2tog - repeat for entire round
Row 7: K3, K2tog - repeat for entire round
Row 9: K2, K2tog - repeat for entire round
Row 11: K1, K2tog, repeat for entire round
Row 13: K2tog, repeat until 8 stitches remain
Cut yarn leaving a 6" tail. Thread yarn needle w/ tail and slip through remaining stitches. Pull tail tightly drawing up all stitches to a close. Thread yarn through center hole of hat and fasten off, weaving in any loose ends.
it would be really nice if there was also a formula that would work on most the Days of my Life .... jot down a few numbers, multiply them by a desired effect and BAM! i've got my answer! However, i continue to be reminded that that's really not an option - - and acknowledging that math is really not my strong suit, it's probably best that i can't CALCULATE my day! However, i have learned over the years of One Truth that i can count on ... that will remain each and every day ....
As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.
Than you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me,
and I will isten to you.
You will seek Me AND find Me
when you seek Me with ALL your heart."
Jer. 29: 11-13
No numbers to crunch, or formulas to memorize - -just the Perfect Answer EVERY time!