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Jan 1, 2012 18:27:22   #
knitwit42
 
I knitted a sweater for my 2 year old (in Feb) GS, he is wearing size 3 toddler now, so my DS asked me to make the 4-5 year old size. I use WW yarn needles size 5 for ribbing 6 for sweater.

I want to make a hat using the yoke pattern. k2, p2, Tw2r, p2 repeat. I'm thinking I need an even amount of stitches, but how many should I cast on?
You start with a K2, P2 ribbing, so I want to knit it in the round.

Thank you for your help in advance.
I will be knitting dad a matching sweater.

Maddie
 
Jan 1, 2012 18:36:43   #
e.ridenh
 
knitwit42 wrote:
I knitted a sweater for my 2 year old (in Feb) GS, he is wearing size 3 toddler now, so my DS asked me to make the 4-5 year old size. I use WW yarn needles size 5 for ribbing 6 for sweater.

I want to make a hat using the yoke pattern. k2, p2, Tw2r, p2 repeat. I'm thinking I need an even amount of stitches, but how many should I cast on?
You start with a K2, P2 ribbing, so I want to knit it in the round.

Thank you for your help in advance.
I will be knitting dad a matching sweater.

Maddie
I knitted a sweater for my 2 year old (in Feb) GS,... (show quote)

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I just made a hat for a 7 year old, Knit, using 60 stitches, ww yarn and a size 9 needle..........made another and dropped the needle size down to an 8 for the 4 3/4 year old and used 60 stitches, also - both fit.

I agree - your multiple is 2.

Good luck, sweetie and Happy New Year to you and yours!

Donna Rae
Jan 2, 2012 00:02:08   #
deemail
 
knitwit42 wrote:
I knitted a sweater for my 2 year old (in Feb) GS, he is wearing size 3 toddler now, so my DS asked me to make the 4-5 year old size. I use WW yarn needles size 5 for ribbing 6 for sweater.

I want to make a hat using the yoke pattern. k2, p2, Tw2r, p2 repeat. I'm thinking I need an even amount of stitches, but how many should I cast on?
You start with a K2, P2 ribbing, so I want to knit it in the round.

Thank you for your help in advance.
I will be knitting dad a matching sweater

Maddie
I knitted a sweater for my 2 year old (in Feb) GS,... (show quote)
re: kids' sizes...i wouldn't make him a sweater bigger than the 3...the difference in 3 and 4-5 is a LOT...it sounds like it's a top down which is perfect... make sure you keep the extra yarn and pattern together and when he grows taller, unravel the bottom rib, knit another colored stripe or another pattern striipe and then knit the ribbing back on... the shoulders will fit for a long time and especially on a raglan. you'll be ready to make him a new sweater when he's bigger, not just taller...
Jan 2, 2012 08:20:50   #
joanh8060
 
The number of stitches you cast on should be evenly divisable by 8 to fit the pattern for the body of the sweater above the ribbing.....or below if its a top down.
Joan 8060
Jan 2, 2012 11:03:22   #
Palenque1978
 
I love it when you expert-sweater and hat-knitters get together and talk, and I don't have a clue!! LOL

I've lots to learn. You all are my heros! I wanna be like you, you and YOU.

But, in the meantime, I'm happy knitting socks, some hats, baby blankets, fingerless gloves, cowls, etc. with cable and lace patterns, picot co(that's cast off for you newbies, if any... lol), even. Hooray for me! I can't wait until I know how to change a pattern to make it bigger or smaller, etc. And, when I make an adult sweater. Someday...

Happy New Year!!
Jan 2, 2012 11:08:00   #
andietom
 
Check with your local library or yarn shop to see if they have "Teach Yourself Visually Knitting Design" by Sharon Turner. It contains numerous master patterns with multiple adaptations for size and style and offers very clear directions. It also has a section on doing the math.

In the same "Teach Yourself Visually" series is a book called "Circular Knitting" by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. It has suggestions for in-the-round sweaters. I was able to add each of these reference books to my personal collection with 40% off coupons at the various large craft stores.
 
Jan 2, 2012 12:11:42   #
Palenque1978
 
andietom wrote:
Check with your local library or yarn shop to see if they have "Teach Yourself Visually Knitting Design" by Sharon Turner. It contains numerous master patterns with multiple adaptations for size and style and offers very clear directions. It also has a section on doing the math.

In the same "Teach Yourself Visually" series is a book called "Circular Knitting" by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. It has suggestions for in-the-round sweaters. I was able to add each of these reference books to my personal collection with 40% off coupons at the various large craft stores.
Check with your local library or yarn shop to see ... (show quote)


Thanks, I'll check it out.
Jan 2, 2012 16:34:24   #
knitfan
 
You can google search hat sizes to get a chart of head sizes by age group. My recent kids hats have been knit with size 7 circular needles, casting on 72 stitches of worsted weight yarn. After knitting a rib of k2p2 for about 1.5 inches, I switch to what ever pattern I am using and knit until I am about 2 inches short of the desired height of the cap. I decrease by putting stitches into 8 groups of 9 stitches. I knit 7 stitches and then knit 2tog, repeating around. The next round has has 8 stitches so I knit 6 and then knit 2 tog, repeating around. Continue that way until there is only 1 stitch in each group. Cut the yarn and using a yarn needle, take the tail of yarn through the last 8 stitches, and fasten off. I just finished a hat for my 4 year old nephew. His head circumference is 19 inches and was 7 inches from bottom of ear to top center of head. I knit 5 inches before beginning decreases. For grade school ages kids, I knit 6 inches before decreasing. Everyone knits with a different tension and different types of yarns so take this as a loose guideline.
Jan 2, 2012 21:58:28   #
SylviaC
 
Here is a link to a post I did a while back with knit and crochet hats for all sizes. Very useful.

http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-44548-1.html
 
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