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Old 02-13-2010, 05:05 PM   #1
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Those expensive Olympic Hats
My niece posted a wish that she could get one of those Olympic hats but heard they were sold out and would have cost $75 anyway, a little out of most budgets these days. So I looked at the hat, and came up with a pattern that resembles the hats, but has enough changes not to be a complete copy. However, I am at a lost on how to make decreases, or how to mark them on the pattern. Also, what size thread to use and what size needles to use. Any suggestions?


This is the Ralph Lauren Hat


This is my pattern.

Grid for pattern is 72 stitches wide by 62 stitches high. I think I have the repeats on the borders correct, but let me know if you see an error.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-13-2010, 05:32 PM   #2
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Hi, I'm making one of those hats now. I'm actually following this pattern that calls for a worsted weight.

For help on the decreases you may take a look at other hats and see how they work them in.

Most of the time when I work a chart they have the decreases like so / and \ but as long as you provide a key for your chart you could prolly get away with another symbol.

Also here is a link to a basic hat pattern that kinda helps you figure out your formula for your hat...
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Thank you! I sure wish I hadn't spent half the day designing the pattern! Yes, I noticed the difference between the reindeer and my moose. But both are native to Canada, so it is just one of the changes I made in the pattern. I'll see if I can figure out the decrease stuff using the basic pattern link you gave.
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I actually like your pattern for the moose better...and I had charted out flag instead of just having a solid blue section (although some are buying flag patches to place over that)...and I like your tree better
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I did notice that the right moose had a problem, most of the body was over one column too far left, so have corrected that and here is the new grid.
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Old 02-13-2010, 06:20 PM   #6
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You have a good eye...never noticed it here. I hope when you get your hat done you post a picture...I'm anxious to see how you get the top worked out too

Thank you for sharing your graph with us
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Old 02-14-2010, 12:19 AM   #7
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I'm following the pattern that Dustina is following as well. I honestly think yours is way better. If I ever do it over again I'll use sock weight yarn. The worsted with 110sts on 7 needles would have been RIDICULOUSLY long, and is very snug on my head so far. Perhaps blocking will help, but only time will tell.

At this rate I've taken out so many rows and already started the decreases at the top of the reindeer head. I'm just going to do a simple alternating color pattern for the final few decreases.

The things I wish I could change (about my hat):
Tree is too small for me
I would have left out the break in the brim pattern or only put in one to accomodate the flag.
There looked to be another tree between the deer butts when I saw them on tv.

I should be done with mine shortly and will post a picture.
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I agree with the sock weigh yarn. I'm thinking I'll put off starting till I can get through the snow to a store, or order the yarn on line. What size needle do you think it will come out too? 2 or 3 maybe? Guess I'll have to work that out when I get the yarn. In the Ralph Lauren pic in the original post does look like there is a tree behind the left deer, and the logo behind the right deer.
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Nada, I love your pattern. Please post the hat pattern if you get it figured out as I'd love to knit it, and I'm sure others would too.
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