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

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## 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 stitches do I cast on for a baby hat?

Cast on 30 stitches. The length should be at least 2 inches.

## 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.

## What size is a newborn baby hat?

Hat Size Charts

Newborn 14″ 6″
Baby – 3 to 6 months 17″ 7″
Baby 6 to 12 months 18″ 7.5″
Toddler – preschooler (12 months – 3 years) 19″ 8″

## How many stitches do I cast on for 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)
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## 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.

## When should I use circular knitting needles?

Circular needles are the perfect choice for knitting in the round and also knitting flat pieces. They consist of a needle tip on each end with a cord joining them. These are used for projects like hats, sweaters, socks, sleeves, mittens and more.

## How long should circular needles be on a sweater?

24 to 32 inches are good lengths for the bodies of most adult sweaters. The most important thing is that the work has to be able to slide easily around the needles. For this reason, you’ll want to make sure the length of the circular needles is somewhat less than the circumference of whatever you’re knitting.