**ONCE AGAIN, KNITTING AND MATH LIGHTBULB MOMENT!**

I needed to make a baby hat in a hurry, so I went to my
go-to pattern called “The Tri-Cornered Hat.”
I’ve made this cute hat a few times, as it’s quick and easy. As I started thinking about this project, I
realized “Oh, my gosh! I’m doing so much math.”
There’s math right off the bat. It
uses chunky yarn and big needles = fast knitting because everything is
big. If you’ve read my past posts, you
know that gauge is very important. A
lot more math is necessary when figuring out the amount of stitches to cast on.

Having dug through my yarn stash and found an appropriate
chunky pink yarn, I began the cast on using size 11 needles. I didn’t know exactly how many stitches to start
with but knew that, due to my pattern, I needed a number of stitches that was
divisible by three and then that resulting number had to be divisible by
two. (Pretty confusing as three things
need to be correct – the proper circumference for the size of hat desired, a
number divisible by three then two.)

As I cast on and got near the needed circumference, I began
analyzing the more complicated math. I was right around 40 stitches when I looked
at the size, but it was too small. I
thought, “why not go to 50 and see how big that is” but then realized that 50
is not divisible by three. Oh, 51 is, 3
÷ 51 = 17, but 17 is not divisible by 2.
What next? 45? 3 ÷ 45 = 15 but
again, 15 didn’t work with the next step of math. 46?
Nope. 47? Nope.
Ahh, 48 was the magic number. 3 ÷
48 = 16. 16 ÷ 2 = 8. Yes. I
enlarged my cast on to 48 and it looked to be about the right size. (Who knows how big a nine month’s head is
anyway? Plus, there’s always some
stretch – or room to grow, right?)

Now that I had the right number of cast on stitches, I began
knitting in the round. The pattern calls
for at least 6” of knitting before working the tri-corner portion of the
hat. But, uh-oh. I was running out of yarn. I had thought this might happen, so I had a
complimentary color for the top of the hat, but this also posed a math
problem. This yarn, while called chunky,
was much thicker than the hand made yarn I started with, which would mean
altering the needle size with this new yarn to continue making the same size
stitch as the rest of the hat. I knew I
had to go down several needle sizes so grabbed a size nine and gave it a
try. Creating a nice tight knit stitch
resulted in a similar size, so I could move on with this new yarn.

Once I reached seven inches in length of the hat (I added a
little more for safe measure), I began dividing my stitches per the
pattern. I separated my stitches into
three pairs of 8 and cast off using the kitchner stitch. Whala.
Hat completed in short order with a little math lesson included

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