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Old 01-26-2011, 09:34 PM   #1
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So confused on pattern total newbie!
I have been using "the complete idiots guide to knitting" to learn to knit along with this site to see the videos. Now I am at my first project ( a hat) and I am confused. Could you help?
Here is what is says

Co 56 sts leaving a 16in tail (got that)

row 1 knit all sts and cont. knitting all rows until 2 inches (got it)

change to stockinette stitch til total of 7 inches (got it)

but this is where I get confused

cast off (got it)
bind off and cut yarn leaving a 12 inch tail

Change to stockinette stitch cont until the piece measures 11 inches from the foundation row to the top
bind off and leave a 12 inch tail

So do I somehow use my cast off row and start the stockinette stitch? Or do you think this is just a miss print. I am using the ereader version of the book!
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:54 PM   #2
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It's either a typo or the second set of directions is for a larger hat.

Either way, you can't bind off and then continue in stockinette.
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I totally agree. These are instructions for different sizes. Only work one (the one that will fit better) and cast off. Sew up the seam and wear your first project with pride!
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:59 PM   #4
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It was written poorly. Usually directions for another size are in parentheses right after the original direction.

You have to take patterns with a grain of salt, just like everything else. Many years before the internet, I made 2 cabled hats from a pattern book, and I still wear them. But in the back there are 14 P between the last 2 cables, whereas there are 6P between all the other cables. I was too green to know how to make a correction. Complaining to the author or a publishing company wasn't as easy as emailing a pattern-writer now.

You can't always "trust the pattern."
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