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Old 03-18-2013, 02:40 AM   #11
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Well, I finished it with about 6 inches to spare. The decreases look OK, actually. The only thing is, it's supposed to be a tam, and it came out like a beanie. I did have to switch to DPNs.

I'll just have to try another tam pattern and see if it looks more....tam-ish!
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:12 AM   #12
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There seems to be some variation in the fit of the projects on Ravelry (free to join), too.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/harriet-7
Be sure you're getting the gauge called for in the pattern. You might also try blocking the hat (unless it's acrylic yarn) into a more tam-like shape.
One reason for the ssk (sts slipped knitwise) and improved ssk (one st slipped k-wise, the second p-wise) is to give a nice flat decrease. You can look up videos for both on the Glossary page if you'd like. This hat in particular has very pretty decreases across the top.
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