88 thoughts on “Learn to Knit Your First Cap, Parts 1-4

  • Once again, a great video. Thank you so much. I love how you can really keep everything so so simple, yet it's never boring or patronising. Wonderful work, thank you again 🙂

  • I love watching you knit. You do it so smoothly. Even your cast on is just fluid. I'll have little moments like these where I'll get in this rhythm (about 20 or so stitches worth) and I'll be thinking "Cool! I'm knitting like Stacey." And then I'll hit a snag, the yarn will split, or I'll lose my tension. LoL The knitting gods keeping me humble, I suppose. 😉

  • Why couldn't you just show how to do the project with the dpn since you are trying to teach someone?

  • Hi Staci,
    I've watched practically all your videos now, and many several times – they are so great! Thanks

    somewhere you said you use Addi Clicks and another DPN needle – but I cant find that info again, I've rewatched a few videos now thinking I"d come across it but no such luck. Can you please tell me what the DPN needles you use are thanks

  • @sehryn Sure – I use Addi Clicks (or Addi fixed needles) for circulars, and I usually prefer wood or bamboo DPNs. My favorite DPNs are Crystal Palace, because the bamboo is so smooth and the tips are really sharp. Knit Picks Harmony wood DPNs are also very good.

    Does that help? 🙂

  • I've been knitting for some time now, but I've never knit ribbing in the round. I typically write my own patterns and I was wondering what number the amount of stitches I have cast on should be divisible by if I was to use the "knit, knit, purl" pattern, or the "knit, knit, purl, purl" pattern.

  • @das5jbb Knitting ribbing in the round isn't any more difficult than knitting ribbing on a flat fabric, really. So for K, K, P – you want the number divisible by 3. For K, K, P, P – you want a number divisible by 4. No different! 🙂

  • I keep having the same problem when I knit hats. I will decrease one round and one pattern round . But i keep ending up with a Cone shape at the top. What could i be doing wrong to be getting this effect

  • @Dnangel665 Two things might be happening here…first, if the pattern is written for a long, slow decrease at the top, you'll end up with a cone shape. (Note – my patterns don't do this!) Second, washing and blocking your finished hat will probably help with this. While you're knitting the crown, the weight of the cap is pulling as you knit, which can create a cone shape that will correct with washing. Hope that helps!

  • @ryandky100 Since most of the hat is knit in a tube, you have to use circular and double-pointed needles to make this cap. When you're using regular (straight) needles, you can only make a flat piece, not a tube. Hope that helps!

  • @BubblePopMystery All of the information you need to knit the cap is available in the written pattern. To purchase and instantly download your copy, just follow the link below the video in the video description field. Sorry – YouTube won't let me give you a direct link here in the comments. Good luck!

  • what happens if your circular needles are too long? mine is the perfect size, but, the plastic in the middle is too long… Do I continue knitting or do i have to buy a shorter one because I don't know how to purchase a shorter one

  • @BubblePopMystery You can use the "magic loop" method to knit a smaller circumference on needles that are too long. But I really encourage you to buy 16" needles if you plan on knitting more hats. It really makes things so much easier.

  • @BubblePopMystery Yes – I have a video called "Learn to Knit Magic Loop Socks" that teaches sock techniques, as well as magic loop.

  • When you start to decrease the needles on the double point/end needles so you just steddily cast off a few stitches until you end up with 2 on each needle?

  • This is explained in the pattern – are you working from the written pattern? If so, please email me directly (or message me on YouTube) for help.

  • hi staci 🙂 i love your cardigan!!! do u have a pattern for it please? xx been looking to find one but just havnt found one i love. im very fussy lol

  • The cardigan I'm wearing is called Central Park Hoodie. I just added a link to the Ravelry page in the video description field (just below the video).

  • What length of the circular needles do you need? I was thinking that a 40cm/16" needle would do the trick but I'm not too sure.

  • All of the information about what you need to make this cap is available on my website, including needle lengths and sizes. Just follow the link below the video in the video description field. Yes, a 16" circular is good for most of the cap, and you will also need double-pointed needles once you get to the decreases at the crown.

  • All of the information about what you need to make this cap is available on my website, including needle lengths and sizes. Just follow the link below the video in the video description field. Yes, a 16" circular is good for most of the cap, and you will also need double-pointed needles once you get to the decreases at the crown.

  • All of the information about what you need to make this cap is available on my website, including needle lengths and sizes. Just follow the link below the video in the video description field. Yes, a 16" circular is good for most of the cap, and you will also need double-pointed needles once you get to the decreases at the crown.

  • All of the information about what you need to make this cap is available on my website, including needle lengths and sizes. Just follow the link below the video in the video description field. Yes, a 16" circular is good for most of the cap, and you will also need double-pointed needles once you get to the decreases at the crown.

  • All of the information about what you need to make this cap is available on my website, including needle lengths and sizes. Just follow the link below the video in the video description field. Yes, a 16" circular is good for most of the cap, and you will also need double-pointed needles once you get to the decreases at the crown.

  • I'm knitting a hat. I'm doing K K P K K P. I can't kind the difference when I look at them. I really need help. Reply ASAP please

  • Watch my video called "Knitting Help – Reading Your Knitting" for help in telling the difference between knit and purl stitches.

  • Hi Staci! Your videos are always so very helpful, but I'm having a problem. I recently knit my very first pair of socks with a k1p1 rib at the top, and I have a ton of yarn leftover so I want to make a hat similar to this one. I'm a little reluctant though because my ribbing on the socks came out wonky- the wrong side looks nicer than the right side! It just looks kindof loose and not nice columns of v's. Is it just a tension problem? Let me know, thanks!!

  • Hi Chelsea – that is a very common tension issue. The "drag" between the K and P stitches causes it…tugging the working yarn to eliminate the drag will help. Additionally, all knitting looks a little wonky until it is blocked (washed and dried, according to the washing instructions). Blocking is like magic on tension issues.

  • Hi Staci! ^^  I have a question regarding a hat that I'm working on. It's a simple hat using cable ribbing (2×2 like in your Fancy Stitch Combo video) as its sole pattern, just like the one in this video uses 2×1 rib. How would I go about decreasing for the crown in 2×2 rib? How often would I decrease for a nice, gradual slope?

  • Hi Staci, when you say a 16 inch circular needle, is that 16 inches from tip to tip or a 16 inch cable on the needles?
    Thanks!
    Becca

  • Спасибо большое за вязания двух носков сразу на круговых спицах!

  • Can you make a video tutorial on how to knit a hat with straight needles? I find your videos so helpful!!

  • Traci, I've knit one hat switching to DPNs but I'm wondering if when I knit this one, can I do the decrease section using magic loop? Or is it absolutely necessary to use DPNs?

  • @Diane Schuller – you can do all of the decreases using the magic loop method, it is possible.  I personally prefer to switch to DPNs, because I find magic loop cumbersome when you have very few stitches left.  But it's entirely up to you.

  • How long did it take you to learn the "flick"  method? I like how fluid it seems, but am having trouble switching from the "wrap" method I've been using.

  • Very helpful video.  When making hats, what is a general rule of thumb to use for different head sizes and number of cast on stitches?   If a hat for a doll asks for 60 cast on stitches, but you want to make it for a baby, is there a formula that can be used to increase the pattern?  Thank you, Laurie

  • OK!
    One beautiful blue hat on one husbands head! YeY!
    I bought a long circular and I shall need more practise but the bamboo dpns were dropping stitches much more.
    My problem is "fat tummy stitches" knit ones and although I put my yarn on the top after turning it was where I had to put the needle I think that slowed and confused me.
     Shall watch that part again.
    I managed to do a "spit splice" when I found a knot in the hank. Tick.
    Hugs WAH.

  • Great tutorial! First time using circular needles 🙂 Thank you Staci! You make the best tutorials 🙂

  • Hello I have a question, have you ever done a video talking about decreasing in hats and how it I'd done with patterned hats and how decreases effect a hat and how to decide how to decrease evenly and how many to decrease in each row when you are knitting a hat with almost any pattern. Man I hope I make sense but I hope you got what I am getting at. I though I saw or read about this awhile back….

  • Hey, just wondering if you've done a video on knitting letters/words into your work. I would love to learn how to do that in a hat!

  • I have been so intimidated by knitting in the round but this tutorial made it so easy for me to move past the rectangle! I'm now looking for a pattern for a slouchy hat, do you have one or know of a good one? Thanks!!!

  • I have been crocheting for fifty years and have just learned how to knit. After knitting a few scarves I am motivated to expand my skills. Your video has given me the confidence to tackle circular knitting. Thank you for a clean, concise explanation.

  • I'm a newby but have watched you for years. I saw you do a video about knitting socks so bought some dnps and thought I might learn to knit in the round first so got some supplies, and have started to knit a simple hat. I will do this one next. I like the ribs. Thanks for showing us how to do it. Lynn

  • I was suppose to start with a scarf for my first knitting project?.. oops..LOL Guess I done it backwards, I started with a hat and then moved to a matching scarf..:-)

  • I didn’t make my first scarf until I had been knitting for over 20 years. I don’t really know why I never made one. I finally decided to make one when I realized that almost everyone started out making them. The first item I made was a pair of slippers then I made a child’s sweater.

  • I really enjoy watching your videos and sometimes I get to enjoy knitting along with you. I've been knitting a few years now but have yet to make a garment or even complete a pair of socks.
    I do love knitting cables and I've knitted a pair of lace hand towels once, someday I'll try a shawl. Happy knitting.

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