Can you make a hat with straight needles?
For knitters who are not yet comfortable knitting in the round, knitting a hat with straight needles is a perfect option. This simple alternative to working with either double-pointed or circular needles entails knitting the hat flat and then seaming it.
How many stitches do you need to knit a hat?
Shape the top of the hat (top shaping)
|Gauge||Number of Stitches between Markers|
|3 sts/inch||7 (8 ,8)|
|4 sts/inch||10 (10, 11)|
|5 sts/inch||12 (13, 13)|
|6 sts/inch||15 (16, 16)|
Can I use straight knitting needles instead of circular?
The short answer is “Yes, absolutely.” Use whichever style of needle is most comfortable for you. A slightly longer version goes like this: Both circular needles and straight needles have their uses.