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Multiply the stitches per inch by the inches required to get an approximate cast on number. Refine as needed to fit with the stitch pattern and the decrease pattern, or change the rate of decrease as needed. Decide how long you want your hat to be. Knit and enjoy your new hat.

## What do you do if you knit a hat too big?

How to Shrink and Resize a Knitted Hat

- Blocking the Hat Smaller – If you are simply looking to make your hat LOOK smaller, this is a good option, especially if you are working with a slouchy hat. …
- Adding Elastic – Adding a row or two of elastic thread to the brim of your hat will help it fit.

## How many inches should a knitted hat be?

That’s the length you’ll need. Most average adult hat lengths will be around 16 inches and large adult hat lengths will be around 18 inches.

## How do you make a beanie hat smaller?

Place the damp beanie in the dryer. Leave it there for between 20 and 30 minutes. The drastic loss of moisture will force the fabric to shrink in so many areas at the same time. When your hat is dry completely, take it out and try it on.

## How does needle size affect knitting?

The size of the needle affects the length of the stitches and thus your finished product. … Usually, larger needles will produce a larger gauge, but the type and weight of the yarn also will make a difference. If your gauge doesn’t match what the pattern calls for, try changing the size of your needles.

## What is the average hat size for a woman?

The average head size for women is 7 ^{1}⁄_{4} (U.S. sizing). Of course, head sizes and shapes can also differ from country to country.

## How much negative ease should a knitted hat have?

Hat Size Guide

You’ll need approximately 2 inches of negative ease for your hat’s circumference; that means the circumference of the actual hat should be approximately 2 inches smaller than the circumference of your head.

## How much yarn does it take to knit a hat?

For both knit and crochet, the general rule of thumb is that a typical 100g skein of yarn will safely make you a hat.

## How do you shrink a wool knit hat?

Shrinking a Wool Hat in the Washing Machine

- Set the washing machine to the gentle cycle and small load. …
- Set the water temperature to warm. …
- Put the hat in the dryer on low heat. …
- Heat a large pot of water. …
- Heat the water until it starts to steam. …
- Use tongs to submerge the hat. …
- Soak the hat for about five to 10 minutes.