Originally Posted by valorie
I am a beginning knitter and have made lots of hats knitting in the round, but, on this hat it says to cast on 5 stitches evenly between your double pointed needles and for one, how do you cast on five stitches evenly. It then goes on to say that you need to start knitting in the round with these five stitches. Well, I'm looking at these five stitches unevenly distributed on three of my double pointed needles and for the life of me I cannot figure out where to make the first stitch in the round???? HELP! Please. my daughter absolutely loves this pattern and I would hate to dissapoint her. Thanks, Thanks, Thanks, valorie
I was beginning to pull my hair out trying to work with 5 sts! I had written to the site where I ordered the pattern from and received a few answers from their 'help' link.
When one is as frustrated as I was with trying to begin this pattern, it sure stings when the 'help' site begins their email with the words, "this is not a difficult pattern to work"! Duh!
But I finally received a beautiful email from one of their other staff (my Angel!) who told me that she too (even though she'd been knitting forever) found it difficult to work with very few sts on dpns. She advised me to cast on the 5sts onto 1 dpn, using the cable cast on method ( that way the right side of your hat will be facing you for the first row) THEN, BEFORE YOU JOIN THE STS TO WORK IN THE ROUND, work the first increase straight across that first needle. That will give you 10 sts on the needle and will be alot easier to work with those 10 sts then with 5. NOW, split those 10 sts up on "3" (not 4) dpns, (3-3-4) she found working with 3 dpns much easier than trying to work with 4 and one more to knit with.
This helped save my sanity.
Now if I can figure out how to do the brim, I'll be a happy camper!