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redheadrachel
06-27-2007, 10:53 AM
lol Hi! I'm posting about my Fair Isle again. I'm trying to make this hat: http://www.johnnysstew.com/pattern/fihat.html and it's my first time every trying to make a garmet that fits. Well, it doesn't. I've only made the brim and just a little bit of the main part of the hat (picture is http://s176.photobucket.com/albums/w184/RedheadRachel/?action=view&current=Knitting006.jpg) and it too large. It slides way too far down on my head, and it's a snug brim of a hat at all.

However, I don't really know if the problem is my gauge. See, when I normally do k2p2 ribbing, the purl part goes way back and the knit part comes way forward, so it's extremely stretchy and everything. However, because I have all the strands in the back of this, it's like the strands are preventing the ribbing from being how it normally is. It's kind of just flat across, and that seems to make it larger than it normally would be. I think you can see it from the picture. So what did I do wrong? What should I do differently? I think I'm just going to rip it out, but I'm sad because I'm actually rather impressed with my Fair Isle. It's like a new toy!

So any advice would be appreciated. Thanks everyone!

Teeka
06-27-2007, 11:03 AM
I'm sorry, I don't have advice, but the pattern is beautiful, as is your beginning of the hat! I'm sorry it's not working out right now. Perservere!

Silver
06-27-2007, 11:32 AM
I think you should go down a needle size. Fair Isle will lay differently than single color knitting because of those floats in the back, so you sometimes have to adjust to compensate. The main thing to remember is to keep your floats loose so the brim has room to stretch. Your color work is beautiful, so don't let it get you down that you have to frog. Consider it practice! It's going to be fantastic! :)