When To Start Decreasing Knit Hat?

As the weather starts to cool down, you may be wondering when to start decreasing your knit hat. There are a few things to consider when deciding when to start decreasing, such as the type of yarn you’re using and the fit of the hat. If you’re using a thicker yarn, you may want to start decreasing earlier than if you’re using a thinner yarn.

This is because thicker yarns can take longer to dry after washing, so it’s important to make sure that your hat will still fit after it’s been washed. The fit of the hat is also important – if it’s too loose, it may not keep your head warm, but if it’s too tight, it can be uncomfortable to wear. Generally speaking, you’ll want to start decreasing your knit hat when there are about 10-15 stitches left on the needles.

This will give you enough time to finish decreases and still have a nice, snug fit for your hat.

Learn to Knit Club: Learn to Knit a Hat, Part 9: Decreases

When you’re knitting a hat, there are a few things to keep in mind in terms of when to start decreasing. First, you’ll want to make sure that the hat is long enough to cover your head. Second, you’ll want to start decreasing when the hat is about 2/3 of the way up from the bottom.

Finally, you’ll want to decrease gradually so that the top of the hat is slightly smaller than the bottom.

Hat Decreases

When it comes to headwear, many people believe that a hat decreases their risk of developing skin cancer. While hats do provide some protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays, they should not be relied on as the sole source of sun protection. There are two types of UV radiation: UVA and UVB.

Both types can cause skin damage and increase your risk of skin cancer. Hats only provide protection from UVB rays, which cause sunburns. However, UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and are linked to more serious health problems like melanoma.

So while a hat may help protect you from getting a sunburn, it won’t do much to prevent other forms of skin damage or cancer. The best way to protect yourself from the sun is to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, wear protective clothing, and limit your time in direct sunlight.

When To Start Decreasing Knit Hat?

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How Long Should a Knitted Hat Be before Decreasing?

A knitted hat should be decreased when it measures about 2-4 inches less than the head circumference. For example, if the head circumference is 20 inches, then the hat should be decreased when it measures 18 inches.

When Should I Lower My Beanie?

There is no definitive answer to this question, as it depends on personal preference and the specific circumstances in which you are wearing your beanie. However, generally speaking, it is considered polite to remove your beanie when indoors, especially if you are in someone else’s home or in a business setting. Additionally, you may want to lower your beanie if the weather is warm or if you are participating in an activity that requires physical exertion (such as running).

Ultimately, it is up to you to decide when to lower your beanie – just be sure to use good judgement and be respectful of those around you.

How Do You Calculate a Hat Decrease in Knitting?

If you’reDecreasing the Circumference of a Hat, How Do You Calculate It? Let’s say you’re knitting a hat that’s supposed to have a final circumference of 20 inches. But after trying it on, you realize it’s too big and needs to be decreased by 2 inches.

How do you determine how many stitches to knit in order to achieve this? The answer lies in mathematics, more specifically in calculating percentage change. To decrease the circumference of your hat (or any other item), you need to knit fewer stitches than there are currently on your needle.

But how many fewer? The number of stitches will depend on the gauge/tension of your yarn and needles as well as the number of rounds/rows you’ve already worked. Here’s the formula for determining how many stitches to knit in order to decrease the circumference by a certain percentage:

new_stitch_count = old_stitch_count x (1 – percent_decrease) So using our example above, if we want to decrease the circumference by 10%, we would calculate it like this:

Can You Knit a Hat Without Decreasing?

It is possible to knit a hat without decreasing, but it will result in a very slouchy fit. If you want to avoid decreases altogether, you can try knitting a beret or tam instead. These styles are meant to be worn with negative ease (meaning they should be slightly smaller than your head circumference), so they will still fit snugly even without any decreases.

How Much Negative Ease Should a Knitted Hat Have?

Most knitters agree that a knitted hat should have negative ease of 1-2 inches. This means that the finished hat should be 1-2 inches smaller in circumference than the head of the person who will be wearing it. The negative ease ensures that the hat will stay on securely and not slide off, while also allowing it to stretch slightly so that it is comfortable to wear.

How Long Should a Knit Baby Hat Be?

A baby hat should be knit to fit snugly around the head, with enough negative ease so that it doesn’t fall off. The average head circumference for a newborn is 13″, so a good rule of thumb is to knit a hat that has a finished circumference of 12″. For a more precise fit, you can measure the head circumference and subtract 2″ – this will give you the finished circumference of the hat.

When it comes to length, you’ll want to knit the hat long enough so that it covers the ears. A good length for a baby hat is 6″-8″.


If you’re like most knitters, you’ve probably made a few hats that are too big. It’s an easy mistake to make since it’s hard to gauge the size of your head when you’re knitting a hat. But don’t worry, there’s an easy fix.

All you need to do is start decreasing the number of stitches you’re using for the brim of the hat. Start by decreasing one stitch at the beginning and end of every other row until you have half the number of stitches you started with. Then decrease one stitch at the beginning and end of every row until you have only a few stitches left.

Finally, cut yarn leaving a long tail and thread through remaining stitches. Pull tight and weave in ends.


I’m Jane and I’m the editor of janesknittingkits.com! I am a long-time craft and clothing design fan who has been writing about these interests for years.

I have spent many hours studying knitting, weaving, sewing, embroidery, and quilting as well as learning about various brands and models of sewing gear and machines. In addition to this research, my work involves publishing information related to these topics in ways that will be informative for both amateur crafters like me and more experienced sewers!