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Old 11-09-2010, 02:53 PM   #1
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Problem with my checkered hat, please help!
Hi all, this is my first time posting. I'm knitting a hat in the round, and want to create a checkered pattern but I'm having trouble. I did a ribbed bottom and then a few stockinette rows in red and I messed up somewhere along the way. Here's how I know: I thought I finished a row and then tried to add in a new color (gray) and do 2 stitches gray, 2 red (still just regular stockinette, no more ribbing), then when I got to the next row, it look like I started in the wrong place, like it's not all even on a row. This means the checked pattern I am going for will look more like an upward spiral, I guess? I can't figure out how to find where I should start to add my CC to achieve an even row of checkers (they're going to be 2 st across x 3 high). I feel like my brain is melting. Can someone explain how I can find the right place to start my checkers to get even rows? I attached some pictures of the problem. Thank you!
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:21 PM   #2
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Knitting in the round IS a spiral so there's no way to get around that entirely. That starting point will always be slightly off, but when it's all done it really isn't a big deal. It's just part of being hand knit.

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Old 11-09-2010, 06:12 PM   #3
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You can read this blog for how to slip the first st in a round when changing colors to make the jog less noticeable.
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Old 11-09-2010, 11:42 PM   #4
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I've used this Jogless Join
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You can read this blog for how to slip the first st in a round when changing colors to make the jog less noticeable.

It works quite well, but if you have a critical eye you will still be able to find it simply because you made the hat. Put a marker at the jog and ensure they all line up and just call it the back of the hat. Or do the same using the above jogless join and still consider it the back of hte hat knowing very few people will notice and those who do will ask you how you hid it so well.
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