Can I use straight knitting needles instead of circular?
The short answer is “Yes, absolutely.” Use whichever style of needle is most comfortable for you. A slightly longer version goes like this: Both circular needles and straight needles have their uses.
Can you knit a hat with straight needles?
For knitters who are not yet comfortable knitting in the round, knitting a hat with straight needles is a perfect option. This simple alternative to working with either double-pointed or circular needles entails knitting the hat flat and then seaming it.
How many stitches do I cast on for a hat?
If you want to knit a hat that’s 19 inches around, you will cast on 5 stitches per inch times 19 inches, for a total of 95 stitches.