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Marie743 05-01-2012 01:15 PM

knitted hat help
 
I want to knit a pattern that calls for the first 16 rows to be knitted in the round and then an increase round, a regular knit round, then what is called a "Hem Rnd", which is purled. My question is this: when I am knitting from the bottom up, and have completed 18 rounds, how is the next round a "Hem Rnd" and why is it purled? Also, the crown is done from a chart which is repeated all the way around, starting from the center of the chart going from left to right. On the right hand edge of the chart there is what is called "Center stitch for double decreases". What does this mean? Is this the center or starting point instead of the middle of the chart? What is a double decrease? The pattern only indicates k2tog. Is this a double decrease? Some rounds call for "sl 1, K2tog, psso". Is this what is called a double decrease? Any help is greatly appreciated.

RochesterKnitter 05-01-2012 01:28 PM

My questions are these:
When I am knitting from the bottom up, and have completed 18 rounds, how is the next round a "Hem Rnd" and why is it purled?
*I suspect the first 18rows are the brim, which you flip up/fold, thus the purl row is where the fold is when the hat is worn. Or, even if not folded, the "hem" separates the brim from the crown.

Also, the crown is done from a chart which is repeated all the way around, starting from the center of the chart going from left to right. On the right hand edge of the chart there is what is called "Center stitch for double decreases".
*Often times the chart is laid out so that you can see the image in its entirety. This is because the image is centered on the object (hat, sweater front), but you start knitting from the sides. You need to start your rounds/rows where directed per the directions.

What does this mean? Is this the center or starting point instead of the middle of the chart?
*You will need to read the directions to find out, or post a pattern link for me to assist you further here. I suspect, this is the starting point for your rounds, and the center back of the hat. The double decreases likely occur here rather than on the more visible front/image of your hat.

What is a double decrease?
*A decrease that decreases 2 sts.

The pattern only indicates k2tog. Is this a double decrease?
*No

Some rounds call for "sl 1, K2tog, psso". Is this what is called a double decrease?
*Yes

salmonmac 05-01-2012 01:44 PM

Just in case you need to see them, here is a video for the k2tog (decreases one st)
http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/pl...er-continental and one for the double decrease, sl 1 k2tog psso (decreases 2 sts)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXDXDBKWRVA

Jan in CA 05-01-2012 01:53 PM

Yep, most likely the purl round is the turning row for the them. I recently finished a Woobie (baby blanket buddy) that had a turning round that was k1, k2tog. That created a picot hem when it was folded. A purl row will just create a nice folded edge edge because of stockinettes natural tendency to fold over the purl.

I suggest you just start knitting it and take each instruction as it comes. It often makes more sense when you're knitting it than trying to figure it all out beforehand.


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