How Many Rows ?

How-many-rowsHow 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 Yarn and No Brim. For a Brim you would need to add another 6 - 18 rows depending on the recipient, because 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 Doll11 in / 27 cmSm 24 Pegs4 in20
Preemie12 in / 30 cmSm 24 Pegs4 - 5 in20-25
Newborn - 1 Month 14 in / 36 cmSm 24 Pegs5 - 6 1/2 in25-30
Baby / Toddler18 in / 46 cm31 or 36 Pegs7 in34-37
Tweens & Teens22 in / 56 cmLrg 36 Pegs8 in38-40
Women & Lean Men22 in / 56 cmLrg 36 Pegs8 - 9 in38-40
Lrg Women & Men24 in / 61 cmX-Lrg 41 Pegs9 -10 in40-45

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.

How-many-rowsThe 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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Comments: 9

  1. Seebee February 5, 2014 at 9:07 am Reply

    I 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 Canela February 6, 2014 at 11:30 pm Reply

      I 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

      • Seebee February 7, 2014 at 11:17 pm Reply

        Denise, 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).

  2. Gabriele December 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm Reply

    Hello,

    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 Canela December 23, 2013 at 8:31 am Reply

      Hey 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.

      • Gabriele December 23, 2013 at 5:48 pm Reply

        Thank you for the information. is there a approximate # of rows to use for a 8 or 9 year old?

        • Denise Canela December 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm Reply

          8 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

          • Gabby December 31, 2013 at 3:53 am Reply

            Thank you Denise :)

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