# How do you knit a baby hat with circular needles for beginners?

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## How many stitches do you cast on for a baby hat?

To knit a baby hat, start by casting 60 stitches onto size 6 needles. Then, knit 50 rows of stitches. After you’ve knit an approximately 5 inch wide swath, start to taper off the hat by knitting two stitches at once.

## What size circular needles do I need to knit a baby hat?

If you’re knitting a hat, a 16″ (40 cm) circular needle usually works well. If it’s a tiny baby hat, you might prefer a 12″ (30 cm) circular, instead.

## How many rows do you knit for a baby hat?

Loom Size / Hat Size

Hat Recipient Avg Head Circumference Number of Rows
Preemie 12 in / 30 cm 20-25
Newborn 14 in / 36 cm 25-30
Baby – 1 yr. 18 in / 46 cm 25-30
Toddler 21 in / 53 cm 25-30

## How do you figure out how many stitches to cast on?

The Stitches to Cast-On = (dW x S/W). Divide Stitches counted in swatch by swatch Width measured. Multiply by Desired Width. So for the example for the above you will take your 4×4 measured area.

## Does length of circular needle matter?

You may have thought all along that bigger circular needles produce better stitches but you are wrong! Every circular needle size and cord length has its own purpose. Each needle size is numbered and the smaller this number is, the smaller the circular needle will be and you will also have to use a thinner yarn.

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## How many stitches fit on a circular needle?

Circular Needles: How many stitches will they hold?

Gauge sts/in 16″ [41cm] min / max 36″ [91cm]min / max
5 80 / 160 180 / 360
6 100 / 200 215 / 430
7 110 / 220 250 / 500
8 130 / 260 290 / 580

## How do I choose a circular knitting needle size?

To calculate the maximum length of needle you can use for knitting in the round, divide the number of stitches you will be knitting by the stitch tension (gauge) per cm (or inch) to find the diameter of the knitting, and then use a needle length of that dimension or smaller.