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I need advice from experienced knitters.

I have made a baby cocoon, that is stockinette stitch with a roll brim.

I would like to make the matching hat. But do not have a pattern, I have never made a hat for an infant and am wondering how many stitches I should cast on.

Here is a link to a picture of what I have made for the cocoon. Someone had posted it here. I did PM her, but did not get a reply. So I am putting it out here for all of you to help.

http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-27349-1.html

I have found some patterns that are similar to what I have in mind. However, they each instruct to cast on a lot more stitches, which would make the hat huge, using my current yarn & needles. If I use the same needles as I did for the cocoon. My gauge is 4 inches per stitch. I was thinking I should cast on about 44 stitches, which should make the circumference about 11 inches--allowing 1-1 1/2 inches for stretch. Am I thinking correctly, or should I use a smaller needle?

Also, since it is a roll brim hat, I know I should allow for an extra inch or two for the length. Does anyone have any advice for approximately what length I should knit before I start my decreases? I was thinking about 4-4.5 inches. Is this correct or is this way off?

If I cast on 44 stitches, I was thinking of decreasing 4 times in the round (knit 10 stitches, knit two together) repeat to end of round. Should I place a row of just knitting en between my decrease rows (so I would alternate 1 row of decreases & 1 row of knit)? Or once I start my decreasing, do I just follow the decreasing pattern until I have 4 stitches left and then make the i-cord for the top?

I appreciate any advice you can offer.

Thanks in advance.
 

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Thanks Grandma D,
That is where I found the dimensions that I needed for a newborn hat. I saw many patterns, but not exactly what will match the cocoon.

I did stop at my LYS today. She suggested that I switch to a size 8 needles. (For the cocoon, I used size 10.5 needles). I am trying it first with a cast-on of 48 stitches and I guess I will see how things go from there.

I have always followed a pattern and am new to "openness," but I think I will be able to figure things out.
 

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Thanks Purl Diva,
Do you think that 4.5 inches (not including the rolling) before beginning the decreases make the hat too long? If I have 48 stitches, the decrease rows would take 16 rows. I have never made a hat for a newborn and am not sure. I was thinking of making it 4.5 inches, with the roll unfolded, knowing that 1-1.5 inches will be lost due to the curling. Now I am not so sure....does my question make sense?

It is actually for a premie, (set of twins--so I get to do this again). They were born Dec. 22nd. But will be coming home from the hospital by Valentine's Day. So this is their "welcome home" present). They are currently over 5 pounds. So I am thinking that although they were born small and early....when they come home, they should be close to an average sized newborn (if there is such a thing). That is why I am making a newborn size (not premie). But this is my first experience with baby hats and although the pattern is simple, the sizing is leaving me with many questions.

You will never know how much I appreciate your help and input.
 
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