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Old 02-12-2006, 09:50 PM   #1
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DPN hat pattern needed
I'm thinking of knitting a hat on DPN's for the girl I'm knitting for in Dotmom's Chemo Kid KAL and also a hat for my cousin.

Anyone recommend one that I could get done fairly quick with Caron's simply soft with size 8 or 9 DPN's??

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Old 02-12-2006, 10:55 PM   #2
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Jenelle, that hat I made with the flower was knit from this pattern called Simplest Cap of All. I've found that it has the neatest decrease I've seen yet! This cap didn't have any "pleating" like the others one had. I used circs, but DPNs should work fine.
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA
Jenelle, that hat I made with the flower was knit from this pattern called Simplest Cap of All.
I am new to knitting and am thinking of trying this hat on circular needles. I am having trouble deciphering what the pattern means in a couple of places. Can anyone help decode these hieroglyphics?

"...Work one more round of ribbing, increasing 8 stitches evenly spaced around the circle by lifting the bar between the stitches below and knitting into the back of this stitch, twisting it."

Lifting the bar between the stitches below? Huh?

I also don't quite get the instructions for finishing off the hat:

"Cut yarn, leaving an 8" tail. Thread the tail through a blunt needle, and run the needle through the remaining 8 stitches and pull them tightly together. Run the needle through the circle again, piercing the yarn to help prevent it from pulling loose, take the yarn inside through the center hole and fasten off."

Maybe this would make more sense if I were actually at the end of the project and looking right at it, but I'd hate to get all the way to the end, fasten it off, and then have the whole thing start to unravel because I thought I understood the directions and actually had no idea what I was doing!

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Lifting the bar between the stitches below? Huh?
This is a M1 increase. You put your needle from front to back under the strand between the two stitches and lift it. Then you knit into the small loop at the back of the needle--it makes a nice invisible increase.

At the end, you're just theading yarn through the remaining stitches and pulling the top closed, like a drawstring. They have to do it twice, the second time splitting the yarn to really get it in tight. Usually pulling the yarn through the stitches and weaving in the end is enough, though.
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Do you think this would this be an easy enough project for a newbie to undertake? So far I've done a scarf in garter stitch, and that's it! I am up for a new challenge, but I don't want to do something that may be too frustrating too soon!
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You will need to know how to purl for the ribbing, and you'll need to use double pointed needles.

It might be a jump from a garter stitch scarf.

There are hats on two needles at www.knittingpatterncentral.com which will give you practice ribbing, purling and decreasing without having to deal with dpns. You'll also get practice seaming.
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Thanks for the link. I will check it out.

I can purl well, and I've practiced ribbing a lot on swatches. I don't have experience with circular needles (which sound a lot easier to me than DPNs, and I like the thought of being able to do stockinette more easily with circulars...Can I use circulars for this pattern?)

The M1 increase sounds like it's the one Amy demonstrates in her M1F video. Is that correct?
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Christine, I didn't use the M1 increase for the hat myself. I just used kfb (knit into the front and back of the stitch) and it worked fine. It's a nice easy pattern and can be done on circs or DPNs.
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA
"No project is complete without a little cat hair"
LOL! I love your signature. Substitute "cat hair" with "dog hair" and I can totally relate!
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"No project is complete without a little cat hair"
LOL! I love your signature. Substitute "cat hair" with "dog hair" and I can totally relate!


I have a dog as well so I know about that, too! My dad gave me a pillow for Christmas that says "no outfit is complete without cat hair" so I went with that theme. I saw a coffee mug recently that says "everything tastes better with cat hair in it" that I might have to acquire!
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