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Old 05-10-2009, 11:53 PM   #1
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pattern help- decreasing crown for hat
I have a question regarding decreasing for the crown of a hat. Here's my pattern:

Decrease for crown:

Rnd 1: *k7, k2tog* repeat from * to * to end of rnd (64 sts rem)
Rnd 2: knit
Rnd 3: *k6, k2tog* repeat from * to * to end of rnd (56 sts rem)
Rnd 4: knit

Continue as established, decreasing 8 stitches every other rnd until 8stitches remain.

Here's my questions: So is round 5 *k5, k2tog* and round 7 *k4, k2tog*?

Thanks for the help.
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Old 05-10-2009, 11:58 PM   #2
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Yup! i call it the rule of 8's--
8 evenly spaced decreases (start at 96 or at 54 or any number in between!--or higher or lower!)
and you get a nice 'half dome' top to a hat.

if you have LOTS OF STITCHES (104. 112, or more!) you are working with a fine yarn (and it take more rows to make an inch!)
if you are working with a few stitches (72, 64 to start) you are working with a bulky yarn and each row is bigger..

but either way, decrease 8 stitches every other round, and you get basically the same shape..

(change the number (of decreases per round) and you change the shape... 9 decrease is still dome like, but 10 decreases EOR get flat (beret like.) 6 or fewer stitch decrease EOR and the hat top gets pointier.. (more like a santa claus hat or witches hat.

Curiously, its not quite the same when you increase.. (especialy if you use YO's as an increase.. )
sometimes 8 increases (YO type) EOR can make a flat (beret like top!

Armed with this information, you can design a hat for any number of stitches, to have any shape crown you want!
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