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Old 12-27-2010, 09:41 PM   #1
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Changing the Size of a Hat
I would like to knit this hat for my husband:http://www.thistlecovefarm.com/bebe_pattern.html

According to the pattern gauge the instructions are for a 20 inch head. My husband's head is 23 inches. I know that I will have to cast on 9 more stitches to get 3 more inches but I am not sure about the decreases so that I end up with 6 stitches for the long tail. If anyone can help me I will be very happy and my husband will be wearing a funny hat...
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:04 PM   #2
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Instead of adding 9 more stitches, add 10. The decreases seem to be in a multiple of 10, so you'd do one more.
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Thank you, Ingrid. I know you must be right!
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Actually no.... thought I hate to contradict Ingrid. Usually you want the hat about 2" less than the head size because hats stretch and one that's the same size as the head will be too large. Only cast on about 6 more sts and that should come out right.
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:31 PM   #5
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Actually no.... thought I hate to contradict Ingrid. Usually you want the hat about 2" less than the head size because hats stretch and one that's the same size as the head will be too large. Only cast on about 6 more sts and that should come out right.
The hat is 20 inches...
I was actually thinking about this today. You read my mind from far away...
But, how will I do the decreases so that I end up with the 6 stitches?
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:03 PM   #6
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How about CO 64 sts (would 4 more sts be enough?) then you can start with k6, k2tog for the dec rounds, then k5 k2tog, etc.

But with 66 I guess you can k9, k2tog, k8, k2tog, k7, k2tog, and so on.
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:18 PM   #7
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I think that you are supposed to keep doing knit 8, knit 2 together until you are left with 6. There is supposed to be a certain pattern that the decreases make. The pattern says that the top of the hat will have a swirl pattern.

Maybe it will be ok to make the hat the way it is...
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You can't keep doing k8 k2tog until you're down to 6. That decs 6 sts every round, the following dec round you have to do 1 less stitch between the k2tog. The pattern doesn't spell out what you should do every round, she just wrote how to start the decs, but then you'd have to have a st less each following dec round. That's how you get the swirl.
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ha ha ha! Of course! No wonder I haven't made many things! Silly me... when I look at the tops of some of the hats I have made they have swirls, too. Sheesh!
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