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Old 02-03-2007, 07:46 PM   #1
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Question about making hats
Hi all,

I have a question. I'm about to attempt to knit my first hat, and I wanted to clarify a few things before I started. Here we go!

1. I'm knitting it in the round, so I know that eventually I'll have to switch to DPNs. Would it be easier just to start with them in the first place? Or should I start on circs and switch to DPNs when I need to start decreasing?

2. The template/pattern I'm using says to knit a gauge swatch first. Once I've knit and measured that, can I frog it and then re-knit it into the hat?

3. I've never used DPNs before. Any tips? Am I being too ambitious to try this? I *have* knit in the round before...I made a booga bag on circs.

Phew! That's all (for now).

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!!!
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Old 02-03-2007, 07:49 PM   #2
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A hat is the perfect place to learn to use dpns. The hardest part of dpns is getting started. With a hat, your stitches are already established and it makes it so, so much easier.

You absolutely can frog and use the yarn from your swatch.
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Thanks Ingrid! So just to be 100% clear, you'd recommend starting on circular needles, and then switching (and dividing the stitches evenly) on DPNs?

I'm excited to start! Wish me luck. :D
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Yes, start on the circular until you can't easily fit the stitches after the first few decrease rows, then switch to dpns.
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