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Old 11-28-2011, 01:34 AM   #11
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Yes, Sue it does shrink less in width. Your suggestion is a good solution.
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:33 AM   #12
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You guys are both right. It is true that it shrinks vertically more. However, I felted my husband's hat that was too large and it worked. As someone advised, I pulled it lengthwise to compensate for it. (First, I measured the original length to know how long it should be).

Plus, it smothered the texture and made denser fabric. I liked the result.

On a side note, next time I would try to reknit the ribbing on a fewer number of stitches (I don't think I could go much lower in needle size). Somehow this hat still has a tendency to slide upwards a bit
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:13 PM   #13
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Another solution without having to start over is to buy some elastic thread, and stitch all around on the inside of the hat. I've done that before, and it worked just fine.

I turned the hat inside out, and ran my threaded sewing needle round and round, running the stitches evenly, by counting a couple stitches between each catch by the needle. Occasionally, I would turn it right side out, and pull the thread to tighten it up a bit.

When I reached the end, I knotted the end of the thread really well, and wove in the ends. Then, I turned it right side out, and it was just right.

I also use this technique to knit hats with cotton yarn.
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:11 AM   #14
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I will try the elastic thread; I now have two hats which are too large, and this is just too sad.

The brown hat has no wool in it, 100% acrylic.

Thanks for all the tips, everyone!
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:48 PM   #15
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You might need to recheck your gauges or measurements next time you knit a hat. Or work the ribbing, then put the sts on scrap yarn to try on. It may be you're just making them too large and need less stitches, or should be using a smaller needle.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:15 PM   #16
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It isn't unusual for gauge to change after you start a project.

What is the name of the yarn and the needle sized use with each of them? Normally for hat I cast on 72-80 stitches and use a size 6-7 needle with worsted weight. I knit on the loose side, too.
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