# How Many Rows Do You Need to Knit for …..?

How many rows do I knit for my 10-year-old, how many rows for a man’s hat, for my toddler, for my newborn, for the blanket ? I get asked this question in many different ways. Each has a generic answer which you can find in most size charts. We have one of those below.** **

**But there is a better way…**

## Let’s Start with a Generic Size Chart for Loom Knit Hats

The chart is an example – The Advise works for ALL types of knitting, not just loom knitting and not just hats.

## Loom Size / Hat Size

Size Chart is based on Averages. The information is only a recommendation. Please use your own judgement in the final decision.Note: Rows are based on 1 strand of thick yarn or 2 strands of light or medium weight yarn, e-Wrap Stitch and No Brim.

Chart Update: 10/2014

For a Folded Brim you may need 6 - 18 rows depending on the recipient. Note that to make the brim you fold the knitting in half.

1 inch = 2.54 centimeters

Hat Recipient | Avg Head Circumference | Loom Size | Hat Length | Number of Rows |
---|---|---|---|---|

AG Doll | 11 in / 27 cm | Sm 24 Pegs | 4 in | 20 |

Preemie | 12 in / 30 cm | Sm 24 Pegs | 4 - 5 in | 20-25 |

Newborn | 14 in / 36 cm | Sm 24 Pegs | 5 - 6 1/2 in | 25-30 |

Baby - 1 yr. | 18 in / 46 cm | Md 31 Pegs | 7 in | 25-30 |

Toddler | 21 in / 53 cm | Lrg 36 Pegs | 7 in | 25-30 |

Tweens & Teens | 22 in / 56 cm | Lrg 36 Pegs | 8 in | 30-34 |

Women & Lean Men | 22 in / 56 cm | Lrg 36 Pegs | 8 - 9 in | 32-40 |

Lrg Women & Men | 24 in / 61 cm | X-Lrg 41 Pegs | 9 -10 in | 38-45 |

**BUT The Point of This Article is to Teach You a ****Custom ****Answer to The Question**

People don’t ALWAYS use the same weight yarn, the same looms, the same number of strands. That’s why generic Size Charts one way to answer the question but they are NOT the best way .

A measuring tape and basic math gives you a much better answer. One made just for YOU.

Most people know how long they want their project to be or if they don’t they can always measure it. Based on this assumption here is an easy formula to help you figure out how many rows you need for your particular project

## Supplies Needed : Measuring Tape, Pen or Pencil, Paper

## Step One: Knit 6 Rows

Using the exact yarn and number of strands you’re going to be using for your project, knit at least 6 rows.

## Step Two: Measure

With a measuring tape, measure out an inch and count the number of rows it took to make up that inch.

This is not same for everyone and it’s not necessarily the same every time you are knitting an item even if it’s the same item. It is based on, the tool you are using (loom, needle, machine) , the thickness or weight of your yarn and how many strands you are using to knit.

NOTE: There are 2.54 Centimeters in 1 Inch

**For Hats:** Measure from the middle of the top of the head (crown) , down the back of the head to just above the curve of the neck . The average adult is 8 – 9 inches long.

# Step Three : The Formula

FORMULA: Number of rows you need to knit to measure 1 inch in length x Number of inches you want you item to be.

## The Example: Me

I almost always use worsted weight yarn. I almost always use 2 strands of yarn and the simple e-wrap stitch. I have made so many hats for adults that I already know that based on my yarn and number of strands I need 4 rows per inch. The average adult would need an 8 inch hat. For my hats the formula below is what I need to use.

**4 Rows = 1 Inch**

**8 inch Hat needs 32 rows ( 8×4 )**

**Problem**: Different Stitches

What if you use more than one type of stitching?

Then the advise is to knit that type of stitch 5-8 rows, measure an inch and count the rows

## How Many Rows – The Movie:

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RobinDecember 13, 2014 at 2:09 pmHi Denise,

I have made two hats now for my Granddaughter and both have been tight around the cast on. I tried using a knit cast on because when I use the e wrap it always seems messy and too loose. The knit cast on is nice but tight when putting it on her head. She is 4 1/2 months old and her head is 15 inches around. Do you have another cast on that would give a nice edge but not be so tight.

Thank you,

Robin

Denise CanelaDecember 16, 2014 at 6:36 amI love the Chain cast-on .. Click HERE

lynetteDecember 4, 2014 at 6:51 pmPlease help. when using round looms…36 peg is to small for my head, and 41 is to large.

Is there a way to use these looms somehow to make a hat 38 or 39 pegs? Do I have to have one custom made? Does anyone make a round loom that is adjustable adding/deleting pegs as needed?

Denise CanelaDecember 4, 2014 at 9:08 pmHi Lynette there are other options… Knifty Knitter has a hat that is in between the 36 and the 41 – it has 48 pegs but the gauge is smaller is the hat is bigger then the 36 and smaller then the 41 .. Click HERE or the Authentic Knittingboard Adjustable Hat Loom : Click HERE

SarahNovember 24, 2014 at 9:18 pmHi Denise, I was wondering, if I stich pearl, stich peril, for about four rows, then should I count the rows that I peril as part of the 36 rows and 8-9 inches that I am making. Which is a lady’s hat. By the way I would like to thank you for your website, it is very helpful.

Denise CanelaDecember 1, 2014 at 10:28 pmSarah I would suggest making a small swatch in order to figure out how many rows. Sounds like you’re doing a garter stitch – I don’t know the weight of your yarn or if you’re using one strand or two… even if I did – it’s always best to do a small swatch.. cast-on about 10-15 pegs and knit at least ten rows then measure to see how many rows did it take to make an inch. This technique will work no matter which stitch, loom or yarn you use.

Hope that helps,

denise

gigiNovember 21, 2014 at 12:13 pmtwo questions :

the 8-9 inches of length suggested for an adult hat…include the length of the brim or i measure after the brim is done?

the wave basket pattern for a 36 loom: I am supposed to alternate 4 knit-4 purl (repeat 4 rows) and then 4 purl-4 knit (repeat 4 rows). So, let’s say I am starting my hat, so i go 4 knit-4 purl for the first 4 rows…This means that on a 36 pegs the last 4 pegs (33-36) are all knit stitches. so since I started with 4 knit stitches, this means that pegs 1-4 and 33-36 have the same stitch….8 pegs with the same stitch. Is this correct ?

Thank you !!!

Denise CanelaNovember 29, 2014 at 4:50 pmGigi, the 8-9 inches includes the brim. When you do a specialty stitch you need to do a swatch in order to figure out the number of rows. I suggest you cast- at least 10 – 15 pegs and knit 10 rows then measure.

denise

BrittneyNovember 15, 2014 at 9:02 pmHello all! I’m knitting a scarf for my friends 1 year old little boy. And I’m just curious how long to make it? I have it no more than probably 3 inches wide. But maybe 4 inches. Not sure. And the project is all one color. But I’m not sure how long to make it (in inches). I’m using a straight loom (obviously).

Denise CanelaNovember 20, 2014 at 10:07 pmHi Brittney,

Sorry for the delay – I prefer a round scarf for a really little guy – wouldn’t want him to trip here is an example: Click HERE

Otherwise – knit half his height. 4 rows for every inch if you are knitting with two strands and using worsted weight yarn.

Hope this helps,

denise

BrunellaNovember 3, 2014 at 8:59 amHello Denise,

I wonder if you can help me. I am really new to looming and knitting baords (and totally new to knitting and crochetting as well) so my question might be a repetion… please bear with me!

My husband would like me to knit a simple hat for him (no brim, CCO, 3K 1P all the way through). He likes a thin hat with a tight stitch so he has chosen and extra fine merino yarn.

I was thinking about knitting the hat in round with the AIO knitting board, as the space between the pegs is smaller than a KK, however… according to my gauge and calculations (10 stitches = 2″) I would need a wooping 120 stiches!! Is this possible???? it would basically mean using pretty much the whole KB.. for a hat???

If I decide to use the Knifty knitter round looms instead, would I get the same tightness between the stitches? and which KK loom shall I use?

Thank you for your help and sorry for all the questions!

Brunella

Denise CanelaNovember 3, 2014 at 4:44 pmHi Brunella – given the chose of yarn there really isn’t a KK loom that will work. Your stitches would be

extremelyloose, item would not be usable. As far as the number of stitches YES that is the deal with small gauge looms – LOTS of knitting – See my post about that same subject . Click HERE I don’t recommend the AIO for beginners although I love the loom. You or your husband can make a simple hat for him on a 36-peg or 41-peg KK. Use worsted weight – knitting with two strands as one or use chunky yarn. Loom knitting has some pros and cons. Here are links to my men’s hat patterns: Chain Links and The ParthenonHope that helps,

denise

AnonymousNovember 3, 2014 at 6:37 pmWow, thank you very much for the very extensive response. I’ll give it a try to your suggestions and will let you know about the result

Brunella

Denise CanelaNovember 3, 2014 at 7:55 pmGlad I could help – if only a little

Hugs,

denise

Kim McFaddenOctober 23, 2014 at 1:15 pmHi Denise,

I’d like to make a newborn size hat 0-3 months using 1 strand of yarn.

Should I use a 31-peg loom. “Thanks” for your reply on the tiny hearts pattern.

Kind Regards

Denise CanelaOctober 27, 2014 at 6:43 amHi Kim,

Depending on the baby there can be a huge difference between a 1 month old and a 3 month old. Some people are ok with the 31-peg on newborns. I don’t really like it… but for 3 months – well I find it a bit big but not awful. Be careful with one strand especially baby yarn – the stitch needs to be a tight – dense stitch like the Tiny Heart.

Send pics – Hugs,

denise

BernadetteOctober 11, 2014 at 12:38 pmThank you for this formula. Very easy to understand.

I have a question about how to adjust for odd shaped heads. I could make hoodie scarves, but this is for a boy who wants a hat. His skull is elongated front to back and very noticeable. Should I measure brow to back, then down to nape? Measure around the nape to top of head? Maybe a very long tube hat that extends into a scarf.

Denise CanelaOctober 11, 2014 at 5:00 pmHi Bernadette,

In this case I would consider a slouchy, : Click Here

pattyOctober 6, 2014 at 10:04 amI love this chart! I love everything about this page! Thank u!!!!

jolanda versteegOctober 3, 2014 at 12:06 pmHi,

I want to make a hat for my babygranddaughter.. She is 4 months old in november. I want to make itmwith 2 strands of yarn. (number 3) Which loom do I use and how manyrows? (with a brim)

Thanks in advance.

Jolanda

Denise CanelaOctober 5, 2014 at 5:49 pmJolanda – for a 4 month old use the 31-peg loom. The number of rows for the brim depends on the design- rib, rolled, folded, garter. Here is a link I think will help: Click HERE

jolanda versteegOctober 8, 2014 at 6:23 amThank you so much. Now I can start with the hat. I needed this info, because I can’t try it on my granddaughter’s head. She is in the States and I’m in the Netherlands.

SeebeeFebruary 5, 2014 at 9:07 amI am using LionBrand 6, Super Bulky, for my adult hat. By the formula above I too need 32 rows. I want to ewrap 15 rows (1/2 would be aprox 3″ brim when folded). Now I’m stumped – do I now ewrap another 32 rows or 25 rows (25 + 7 = 32 row total)? Thanks so much, blessings!

Denise CanelaFebruary 6, 2014 at 11:30 pmI Seebee, (cool name-sounds so happy) ok so First part of the formula is to determine the length that you want the hat.

(Just an Example) Lets say you want to knit an 8 inch hat that has a 3 inch brim – you need to figure out how many rows of the particular stitch, yarn and loom you are using will create 1 inch – in your case I think it’s probably 3 rows (for the bulky yarn and the ewrap). If it is 3 rows per inch then you need 8×3 rows to create the hat. If 3 of the 8 inches is for a brim then remember that the regular folded brim has to be doubled, so a 3 inch brim would be (3×3)x2. After you finish your 3 inch brim – you move on to the top portion of your hat which would be an additional 5 inches in order to complete the 8 inches. So if it takes 3 rows per inch and you need 5 inches more the formula would be 5×3. So after the brim you would need to knit 15 more rows.

Again just an example – because you need to knit a few rows first to figure out how many rows does it take for YOU to get an inch of knitting.

So in short(sorry I’m long winded) if your formula was 3 rows per inch and you want an 8 inch hat that has a 3 inch brim – You would knit 18 rows for your brim then fold it up and knit an additional 15 more rows to complete the hat.I hope that helps and thanks for the blessings – always praying for a share and some to give forward.

denise

SeebeeFebruary 7, 2014 at 11:17 pmDenise, that explains why my finished hat would fit a giant lol I planned on 4 rows per inch, so I knitted 16 rows, folded that in half (which would be 8) and then knitted another 28 rows for a total of 36 rows – I was looking at your chart for a women’s 8″ hat needing 38-40 rows and must have gotten mixed up. When I finished my hat I gathered in my hand all the excess on top (looked like a cone head) down to what I thought would look correct and I guessed it to be 8 inches less, and sure enough that’s exactly what your example said. Thanks so much for the info. I’ll do a second hat and let you know how it turns out, following your example (total of 24 rows).

Denise CanelaFebruary 8, 2014 at 11:43 amGlad I could help Seebee!

GabrieleDecember 22, 2013 at 7:24 pmHello,

which loom size would you use for a 8 or 9 year old. The 31 peg looks to small and the 36 peg looks to big

Denise CanelaDecember 23, 2013 at 8:31 amHey Gabriele,

Use the 36 pegs. It looks to big – but it’s all about the number of rows. The more rows you add the wider the hat so 36 pegs works for a 5 year old or a 25 year old. The style of hat and the yarn also can make a difference.

Hope that helps.

GabrieleDecember 23, 2013 at 5:48 pmThank you for the information. is there a approximate # of rows to use for a 8 or 9 year old?

Denise CanelaDecember 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm8 year olds come in different shapes and sizes – but generally speaking if you are doing a hat with 1 strand of yarn 36 – 38 rows should be enough. If using 2 strands then about 28 rows.

Hope that helps

denise

GabbyDecember 31, 2013 at 3:53 amThank you Denise