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Too few stitches to knit in the round

by Jackie
(London UK)

I've knitted my first hat in the round...16"needles. Cast on 132. Have now decreased to 21 stitches. I’m supposed to continue until i have eight stitches but I’m having a big problem getting stitches on both needles to knit as If i get stitches on one needle I can’t get stitches on the other needle as there are too few stitches. Do i abandon it?

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Nov 24, 2020
too few stitches to knit -crown of a hat
by: Ratchadawan

Hello Jackie,

Thanks for the question that you shared.
No, please don't ditch it. You must continue. You're almost at the finish line. It's clearly that the pattern doesn't mention that you're supposed to change to double point needles (dpn)once the hat gets too narrow and too tight to work with a circular needle.

Use the same size dpn to continue your work. Transfer the stitches from the current needle on to 3 or 4 dpn. (4 is best if you have a set of 5 leaving one out to knit with).

Here is a video I made a while back about transfer stitches on to dpn when working with decreasing a crown of a hat. It will help you see it better, I think.

Thanks for visiting and hope you'll get the hat done soon!


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