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nancydee 11-19-2006 04:09 PM

4 x 4 ribbed hat

A couple of years ago I knitted a ribbed hat with 4 x 4 ribbing -- the entire hat. I can't find my pattern, and I don't remember how I decreased at the crown area. I believe I used circular size 5 or 6 needles I knitted it with Plymouth outback wool. Can anyone assist with instructions regarding the decreasing on 4 x 4 ribbing. I would appreciate any help. Thank you! (I am new to this site -- I may have duplicated this question -- I don't think I hit "submit", but if so, I apologize).


janelanespaintbrush 11-19-2006 09:09 PM

Well, since no one else has answered yet, I thought I'd give it a shot. I think you should be able to do your decreases by using k2tog and p2tog to get gradually narrower ribs as you get toward the top.

For example, you'd start with *k4, p4*. Your first decrease round could be *k2tog twice, p2tog twice*. This would get you to 2 x 2 ribbing. Do that that for a little bit and for your next decrease round do *k2tog, p2tog*. That'll get you to 1 x 1 ribbing. From there, if you still need to decrease, you'd probably have to change to *k3tog, p3tog* to stick with 1 x 1 ribbing or if that looks funny, you could tyring changing to stockinette.

Alternately, your first decrease round could be someting like *k2tog, k1, p1, p2tog* to get 3 x 3 ribbing. Not quite as simple, but it might look better if the decrease rounds are spread out more. Anyway, I think you get the idea.

I've not tried any of this out, but I think my reasoning is sound. Try a swatch and play with it. You might want to use SSK instead of k2tog and see how that changes things. I think you could get a light spiral effect or a pretty symmetical look depending on how you mix things up.

nancydee 11-19-2006 09:35 PM

4 x 4 ribbed hat

Thank you so much! I'll be trying those ideas. I do appreciate your thoughtful response.


janelanespaintbrush 11-20-2006 01:52 AM

Hey Nancydee, Look what I just found!

nancydee 11-20-2006 01:59 PM

4 x 4 ribbed hat

You are amazing! Thank you again!! I just printed the pattern.


janelanespaintbrush 11-20-2006 02:02 PM

Nancydee: It was a serendipitous find -- I came upon it when I was looking for something else. Hope it works out! -Jane

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