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Old 02-19-2012, 10:42 PM   #11
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Hang on, I took a picture of it slightly stretched and took a picture of it up by the needle. Am I seeing 6 sts per inch?

If so then how do I do the math to figure out how many sts I need to cast on for it to fit. Ugh I hate this whole gauge thing!
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:46 PM   #12
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Oops heres the photo
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:08 PM   #13
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Yeah, that's about what I would expect, though it looks a little closer to 5 sts per inch.; you need to measure in a couple different places and not so close to the needle. But it's probably closer to 5-6 than 10 spi. So you might need a few more sts, but keep going a couple more inches, then remeasure, and also measure the whole thing. Measure with the slight stretch you've got now, as well as stretched to the max as you want it to be able to stretch out to 19-20". Or try it on.
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:22 PM   #14
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It's really long right now because I was going to make this the actual hat so it's like half way done. It's the same all around. So 6 sts per inch do I do 6 x 20? So 120 sts? Or do I do it different?
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:39 PM   #15
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If her head measurement is 20" (very likely) then you want the hat smaller or it'll fall off. So go for 18-19" with 20" being what it would be stretched to the max. And I think your gauge is more like 5 sts per inch not 6; look at where the 1 is on your picture, it's in the middle of the 6th st. And the first st at the edge of the tape is pulled in some. Ribbing is really hard to measure, but that's why it's better to measure over 2 or more inches, that would include those fractions of stitches. 100 sts divided by 5 per inch would make it about 18" which is just fine. Just finish it up, wash and dry it to see if the sts relax any (they might) and I think that's it.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:45 PM   #16
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I've decided I don't want the hat super stretched out so I will be starting again and adding more sts this time. One other question, when I was knitting hats with 80 sts I used this method to decrease
R1(RS): *(K2, P2tog), rep * till end - 57 (60) st remain.
R2: *(K1, P2), rep * till end.
R3: *(K2, P1), rep * till end.
R4: *(K1, P2), rep * till end.
R5: *(K2tog, P1), rep * till end - 38 (40) st remain.
R6: *(K1, P1), rep * till end.
R7-8: Rep R6
R9: *(K2tog), rep * till end.

Can I still use this with more sts? If so do I need to change anything or can I use this decrease exactly the way it's written?
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:18 PM   #17
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With the dec rows spaced out every 4 rounds, it should work fine and still keep the ribbing pattern as long as possible.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:43 AM   #18
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Sorry I don't understand what you mean?
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:20 AM   #19
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Basically I said go ahead and work the pattern like it's written for the decrease rounds.
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