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Old 11-22-2005, 03:16 PM   #1
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HELP ME......
Ok so I'm new to knitting. First time using a PATTERN. And I've screwed it up.


It's for a bear hat. That came in a kit from Target.

So the size of the hat is 0-6 months or (6-9 months). Well my son is almost a year old. So I thought, *reminder never THINK again* that I could just increase the number of cast on stitches and it'd all be hunky dory. Um NOPE.

I had to stockinette 5.5" (I am doing 6" because ya know I'm making it bigger) Well now it I get to the decreasing part and this is where those extra cast ons was not a good idea.

Here's the pattern and if anyone could PLEASE help a girl out. (no comments on frogging it)

~c/o 66 (74) sts
~work even in st st until hat measures 5" (5.5") from bottom edge, ending on the WS row.
~start decrease rows:
row 1: (RS) k1,*k6(7), k2tog, repeat from * across row, end k1
row 2: (WS) and subsequent EVEN numbered rows: p all sts
row 3: k1, *k5(6), k2tog, repeat from * across row, end k1
row 5: and subsequent ODD numbered rows: continue decreases, always starting and ending the row with k1, and working one st less before hte k2tog's on each row, until you complete row 8(11)
row 11 (13): k1, *k1, k2tog* repeat from * to the end of the row, end k1 [18 sts left now]
round 13 (15): k1, *k2tog, repeat from * the end of row, end k1 [10 sts left now]
cut yarn, leaving a 12" tail




Anyway to REWORK the pattern for 79 cast ons?

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Old 11-22-2005, 03:25 PM   #2
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Old 11-22-2005, 03:50 PM   #4
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okay i am going to figure this assuming that you are not making ears or anything for the bear hat in this section. it looks to me like it is just a normal gradual decrease to me. what IIIIII would do is do a "make one" so that i have an even 80 stitches. then i would

knit 6; knit 2tog; repeat until end
purl around every other row like it says in your pattern
knit 5; knit 2 tog; repeat
purl
knit 4; knit 2 tog; repeat
etc...


i THINK that should work if i figured that out right in my head.
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Old 11-22-2005, 09:42 PM   #5
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Old 11-23-2005, 06:19 AM   #6
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Before you start decreasing, I would add an "extra round" to decrease down to 74 stitches; you'd need to subtract 5 stitches, so that would be decrease 1 st every 15 stitches or so (you'd have to fudge a little). Then you can follow the directions as written for the larger size.

BUR bren's idea works too :-) And might be easier!

For future reference, when you change a pattern, it's always good to add stitches in proportional numbers... so, since this calls for 66 and then 74 stitches, you could have started with 82 and pretty much followed the exact directions. Did you pick 79 for a reason?
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Sadly I THOUGHT (again remind me not to think) that I had done 82. :thinking: B/c I did want to increase in proportion to the pattern.


So what does
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I would add an "extra round" to decrease down to 74 stitches;
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Originally Posted by wewantmore
So what does
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I would add an "extra round" to decrease down to 74 stitches;
mean?

basically before you start decreasing you are going to do one more row and decrease the number of stitches you have down to 74 (if i remember correctly you have 79 right now.) So basically you would even disperse 5 K2tog's throughout the round to get you down to the proportional number.
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Old 11-23-2005, 10:33 AM   #9
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Oh ok. I see.

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Ok so I DO have 80 stitches. What would be the best way to get it back on pattern?

Do I just do the k6, k2tog and decrease that way?

Do I need to knit MORE than 6?

I'm so confused now.
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