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Old 01-23-2013, 06:01 PM   #1
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Has anyone done this pattern?
I'm trying to make it for my son, who's one and I'm using a US4 3.5mm circ needle and 2 rolls of Lionbrand fishermans wool. The gauge swatch came out about 2.5" smaller than it should be, but I suppose that's okay, I can just make him a bigger size.

Joining the CO was difficult for me and I messed up the first try so not I'm working on it again. Are there any tips to joining so that I don't twist it again. I can't find anything on it online so I'd appreciate any help or advice on it.

I've been knitting for about 4 years but I'm not that good at all, I'm better at crocheting...

I'd add the link to it, but I don't have enough posts yet :(
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:27 PM   #2
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It would be better to use a larger needle because the yarn is a worsted and you'd normally use a size 7 or 8 with that yarn. That may get your swatch larger - if you were aiming for a 4" one and it's 1" instead, that's way way way too small. Even if you make a bigger size, the item will be too stiff and densely knit. Using a larger needle, CO about 6 sts more than the gauge says for 4" and then don't include the edge stitches when you measure it.

I found this link to the pattern, it even says to use a size 7. Cute hat!
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:37 PM   #3
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The circ needles I have are the US4, US10 and another larger one that I can't find. I've been trying to knit loose so that it's not so stiff, which was helping. I don't know why I put 2.5" smaller of a gauge swatch, it's only .5" smaller... I wish I could get a whole assortment of needles in different sizes but I can only work with what I have now....
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Check some thrift stores in your area, they have yarn and sometimes needles. If you have a Joanns or Hobby Lobby, there are coupons you can get online for 40% off items that aren't on sale. Probably Michaels or AC Moore, too. An inexpensive circular needle might only run about $6-7 and less with a coupon or sale. Even WalMart has circulars for about that.

So that's not too much smaller, but you'll find it's very difficult to try and knit looser for more than a few stitches, or a row at best.

As for joining, you can do the first couple rows flat, then join, but to join from the cast on, spread the sts out as much as you can and look at them to make sure they're all hanging the same way and not twisted on the needle. Then join to knit the first round and check them again because they can twist on the first round but can still be straightened out before you start the next one. They're only connected by a single strand and you can put the twist into it.
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Would reversing the P's and K's make a difference in the pattern? I'm not a big fan of purling, but if it makes a big difference I won't change it.
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The purl sts make the rib, but you can try it in all stockinette instead, I often do that to pattern, but it will look somewhat different. It's just that you need a little bit larger gauge, though knitting a bigger size can work too.
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I do the same thing that Shandeh does on this video. Make sure the cast on edge in pointed toward the center of the circle all the way around the circular needle. That helps avoid the dread mobius twist.
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I'm not too clear on this part of the pattern:

Read all of the following section before knitting it!
Work in stockinette sts back and forth on needle, at the same time dec 1 st each side on every other row a total of 2-2-2 (3-4) times.
AT THE SAME TIME inc 1 st on both sides of marker mid back on every other row a total of 4-4-4 (5-5) times.
After all inc and dec are complete there are 58-62-64 (72-76) sts on row.
When piece measures 11-12-13 (14-15) cm / 4 3/8''-4''-5 1/8'' (5''-6'') inc 1 st each side towards mid front on every other row 4-4-4 (5-5) times.

At the same time I dec at each side, I inc in the middle for every row? Or, dec at each side, inc in the middle for one row, then stockinette the next row? Or, dec at each side every other row, then inc the middle every other row without dec?...I'm so confused here.
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You want to dec at the edge, inc either side of the marker at the center in the same row, purl a row, dec at the edge, inc either side of the marker at the center, and then purl a row. That would be 2 times and that would be the directions for the first 3 sizes. Repeat the dec/inc row as needed if you're making the larger sizes.
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