Can you knit a hat on 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)|
What is the best knitting needle size for beginners?
Medium sizes are generally the best for beginners. This means you should look for a width size of six (4mm), seven (4.5mm), or eight (5mm). For length, a 10-inch needle is usually a good starter size because they’ll be small enough to handle easily.