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KristyWisty 11-17-2007 06:51 PM

Amelia Earhart Aviator Cap...HELP!
I'm trying to knit this:
I have an extra loop!...I'm not sure which increase I'm supposed to be doing...i did the first one...then it wants me to do another at the end...or am I just reading it wrong...please help!

Ingrid 11-17-2007 06:59 PM

It looks like you're supposed to do a kfb (knit in the front and back of the first stitch; work 18 stitches in the ribbing.

Then you're supposed to wrap the next stitch (the directions are in bold right below) and turn the work so you're working in the other direction.

KristyWisty 11-18-2007 02:10 AM

here are some pictures of what I have so far...are the extra loops to sew it up?

Ingrid 11-18-2007 02:14 AM

The hat is shaped by knitting what's called short rows. You only knit part of the rows to make the center deeper than the edges, that's why you have those loops.

When you do short rows. you work like this (just an example)

3- . ....kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2- . ..kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
1- kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

The end stitches are not knit for as many rows as the center stitches. You'll see it take shape as you go.

starburst 11-18-2007 05:01 AM

I just started that pattern too :)

suzeeq 11-18-2007 11:11 AM

Further along in the pattern will be instructions to knit across the entire row or to do a k2tog. That will pick up the stitches at the ends and shape the hat.

Arya 11-18-2007 01:07 PM

I knit the hat; it turns out great!

When I did it, I kept the extra stitches on the needles and used stitch markers to denote where the last short row ended. That way I knew where I should stop knitting and turn the work. It makes things a lot easier :)

There's also a video in the 'advanced techniques' section. You don't have to knit the wrapped yarn at the end - it still looks great without.

Hope this helps!

KristyWisty 11-29-2007 01:11 PM

Thank you everyone! The hat is turning out nicely now that I know what I am doing!

shena42 12-03-2008 03:35 PM

I have also recently started this project. It's a first for me...before now I've only ever made slippers and blankets so I'm a bit of a beginner. The pattern did not seem to be emerging for me at all. Could it be as simple as I should be using circular needles? Or am I missing something else?

suzeeq 12-03-2008 10:29 PM

No you can use straight needles with it, but because they're not flexible, you won't see the effects of the short row shaping until you pick up thoses stitches again which will be at row 30. Then it might take a couple more rows to see it.

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