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Old 09-17-2009, 11:59 AM   #1
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How to knit a round NOT knitting in the round
I'm looking for a basic pattern to knit a flat circle. Nothing fancy, just plain knitting but round and flat, not to be confused with knitting in the round. I want to use this as the top of a hat (imagine a top hat).
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:24 PM   #2
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There is a Magic Number of Increases (working from the center out)
If this were crochet, I could tell you the magic number of increases per round is between 5 to 10 depending on the yarn or thread, hook, and stitch sizes.

I don't know the magic numbers for knitting in the round for flat circles.

It is still knitting in the round, you just increase at a rate that keeps the piece flat.

I'll give it a try with a CO of 4,
Round 1: kfb in each stitch. (8 sts)
Round 2: (k1, kfb) repeat around (12 sts)
Round 2: (kfb, k1) repeat around (18 sts)
Round 3: (k2, kfb) repeat around (24 sts)
round 4-?: Work 6 increase evenly around until piece is size desired.

I'm at round 3 and I can't tell yet if it will lie flat or ripple into waves.

If it tries to doom up, I would work 8 increases each round beginning with round 2.

If it begins to form ripply waves around the edge, then you may want to k around without increases.



I'll share my results after several more rounds.
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:11 PM   #3
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Good luck and if you can post a pic of what you ended up, that would help too.
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:35 PM   #4
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Is this actually the top of a hat so that you want to knit the circle from the outside in or could it be from the middle out?
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:58 PM   #5
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Use a circle/round dishcloth pattern:
http://nettieknits1.wordpress.com/20...-pi-dishcloth/
http://www.groupepp.com/dishbout/kpatterns/round.html
http://www.groupepp.com/dishbout/kpa...oilycloth.html

or the beginnings of a round baby blanket pattern:
http://www.knitlist.com/00gift/round-baby-blanket.htm
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/40222AD.html?r=1

If you don't want the YO lacy holes, just use a different increase method.
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:15 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Mirl56 View Post
If you don't want the YO lacy holes, just use a different increase method.

I edited my post about the same time you were posting so I wasn't sure if you noticed this addition. You'll have to use some sort of increase, probably a M1 would be best to keep the top smooth/flat and hole-less. A kfb would leave a little purl bump.
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:51 PM   #7
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Use 1 dpn to begin.
Cast on 1 stitch.
Row 1: (k,p,k) all in that one stitch (3 sts result)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: (kfb) in each stitch (6 sts result)
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: (kfb) in each stitch (12 sts)
Divide the 12 stitches on to 3 dpns (4 stitches each needle) Join for working in the round.
Rnd 1: and all odd numbered rows purl if you want st st and knit if you'd like garter.
Rnd 2: *K1fb, k1; repeat from * (18 sts)
Rnd 4: *K1fb, k1; repeat from * (27 sts)
Row 6: *K1fb, k2; repeat from * (36 sts)
Row 8: *K1fb, k3; repeat from * (45 sts)
Keep following this pattern of adding one more knit between the K1fb on every other row and working the odd numbered rounds even.

This should work. I have used a pattern like this but only worked until I had 54 stitches but I think you could keep going as far as you wanted and it would still work.
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From what I've read....the magic increase number is 4 every other pattern round, although the center needs to increase quicker than that.....
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:08 PM   #9
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Probably middle out, since it will be its own separate piece, later to be joined with the 'tube' to form the hat. A round dishcloth pattern,like the other poster suggested, would do but no fancy holes or patterns. I'm just looking for a complete, flat, round knitting pattern.
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Old 09-22-2009, 02:28 PM   #10
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Saw a small pattern book from Bernat using Softee Chunky yarn. You can see the pictures in it online at Bernat.com. Book is 530184 called "Get Cozy". It is $3.95 at Michaels (4 afghan patterns).There is a knit. circle. red afghan done in sections and I believe all garter stitch. You might be able to use the center directions for your smaller project. At least you can check it out. It might give you an idea how you might proceed. Jean
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