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Old 03-30-2009, 01:18 PM   #1
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A Couple Of Questions from a Newbie...
Hi folks! So here's my situation: I'm very new to knitting but decided that it would be a great idea to push myself with a hat that had many more techniques than I had ever used before. I'm using Redshirt Knitting's Jayne Hat pattern. (The hat is a gift for my brother's birthday, we bond over Firefly.)

I've done the hat once (without earflaps) and it turned out ok, but I missed up the k2p2 bit at the bottom so I decided to do it once more.

So here are my questions: The pattern calls for knitting two together when you start decreasing at the top of the hat. I'm using 16" long circular needles and it was a serious pain in the butt as the hat started to get shorter than the needles. Eventually, I had a long loop of plastic needle sticking out to be able to move my needles. Even then, it took some serious muscle to knit. Is there an easier way to do this?

Secondly, when I get to the earflaps, the pattern doesn't say anything about switching to straight needles but it seems to me like that would make more sense when knitting something like an earflap. Is there a way that I'm not seeing to knit something straight with circular needles?

And lastly, I've never had to pick up stitches before and have been looking around for a tutorial, but I'm still a little confused. Help? I used the long-tail cast-on if that matters and my first six rows were k2p2.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 03-30-2009, 01:33 PM   #2
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First question- I usually go down to double-pointed needles instead of the circular when it gets too small for the circular. You can also pull out the cable in a method called magic loop (which some dear soul will come along and explain as I have only done it once, and badly.)

Second- You can work on the earflaps on your circulars just like a straight needle, turn and work the other way at the end of each row instead of working in the round. I rarely use straight needles anymore.

Third- picking up stitches is easy and fun. There is a video here on how to do it- off to find the link for you...
http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips
scroll down- you'll see it!

Good luck and keep on knitting! I like that you're a beginner but just trying new things and jumping in! YAY!
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Thanks so much for the advice and links! I'm feeling a bit more confident now.
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You can use dpns, 2 circs or one longer circ (over 24") to work the smaller number of sts at the top. To use the longer single circ you need to make a magic loop or a variation, which is kind of what you were doing, but the 16" needle is too short to do it easily. Look under the Advanced Techniques tab, or at this tutorial for the modified ML - Single Loop‎
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