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Old 01-04-2007, 08:02 PM   #6
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Well, the scarf was a huge success! It prompted an immediate request for a matching hat. Hats I can do, but I have never made one using two bulky, fuzzy yarns run together. The scarf yarns were very stretchy and neither was very strong. On the US 35 needles, it knit up at 1 .5 sts = 1". The finished scarf measured 6" wide (10 stitches) unstretched and readily stretched to 12".

I am questioning if I should attempt the hat on 35s or try smaller needles. Next size down I have are US 19s. I'll do it in the round.

On my usual ski hats (72 sts CO), I do about 4" of headband in k2p2 ribbing for a snug, non-floppy fit. On 35s, I guess I could manage to do k2p2. If on smaller needles, it would get difficult to each stitch clearly (lotsa hair, fuzz, & boucle).

Should I use smaller needles? Size? Should I do a ribbed headband?
How to calculate number of cast-on stitches for whichever needle size?

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OTN: ribbon yarn wrap // small wall hanging - bulky three-ply handspun, lumpy-bumpy llama yarn, & 2 colors of handspun alpaca // Fibonacci scarf // scribble scarf // handspun llama wool & mohair ski hat
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