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Old 02-19-2014, 12:38 PM   #1
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Loop stitch as edging?
Hoping to reach some who both knit and crochet. Have found an adorable beanie pattern for a baby. Hat pattern is knit, but I'm wondering if one could use the crocheted loop stitch around the brim for a frilly edge. Anyone ever tried something similar? I'm not very experienced with crochet beyond the chain and single crochet, so I'm not certain about this loop stitch yet.
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Old 02-19-2014, 01:46 PM   #2
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Certainly you can crochet an edge on a knitted piece. I don't see why the loop stitch couldn't be used. Just be sure that when you add your edging that it doesn't make the hat band too tight. There is a knitted version of the loop stitch also if you want to look for it. I think they're both interesting and want to try them on something.
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Old 02-19-2014, 03:34 PM   #3
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I knitted a hat in a class July 2011. The hat was too short for me to wear: it went across the tops of my ears. Bleah.

What it needed was edging. I picked up around the edge, one stitch in each stitch, and did a single crochet in each one. Then I did 2 dc in each sc and 2 dc in each dc, for a total of three rows and about 1.25" extra length for the hat.

For the baby hat, maybe pick up and make 1 sc in every other st around the bottom of the hat (hold the hat upside-down while doing this, since crochet builds from the bottom to the top as held in your hand). That's Row 1.

For loops, multiple chain stitches look nice. I don't know what size of yarn you're working with, but try 3 chain sts between each pair of single crochet sts and connect with the single crochet sts with another sc.

Here are the suggested directions in "normal crochet pattern language":

Round 1: Pick up and sc in every other st of knitted cap. Slip st to close first round.
Round 2: (ch 3, sc in sc) *OR* (ch 5, sc in sc) around cap. After last sc, slip st to first ch of ch 3 to close Round 2 and fasten off.

Of course, if you'd like more loops, more can be made!
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:17 AM   #4
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I just now looked up the how-to video on the knitted version of loop stitch...that looks tricky. But then, so does the crochet version at this moment in time. I foresee several practice swatches in my near future..
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I suppose the other slight concern I have is not making these loops too small or too big...I'd hate to hear that baby got her fingers caught in one.
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What about a picot edging on the brim? It gives a finished look and there wouldn't be loops to catch fingers.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:10 PM   #7
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There's nothing cut in stone that says you can't combine knitting and crochet. I love to crochet mittens for my granddaughter. I think they turn out better than my knit ones. I like to make mine from the top down. But I don't like the front post, back post finish for the cuff. What I like to do is pick up stitches with a knitting needle and finish it off in a k1, p1 rib.
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