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Old 03-19-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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Decreasing?
So I'm knitting a hat with 64 stitches and I can't figure out how many stitches until I decrease.
I'm very bad with kitting lingo, if that isn't obvious.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:06 PM   #2
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do you mean how many rows before you decrease?

it would depend on the size of the hat.

here is a good chart for hat sizes:
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/size-chart.html

It really depends on how you are decreasing, but I like to start my decrease rounds about 1-2 inches from my final height needed (less rounds to decrease a baby hat, more for an adult).

with 64 stitches I would typically decrease starting every 8 stitches (then knit a row, next row would decrease ever 7, and so forth) but again that would vary depending on weight of yarn

what size are you aiming for?


sorry... i probably created more questions than i answered
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:10 PM   #3
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If it's a pattern it should tell you what you need to do.

For a pretty standard hat decrease you can decrease every 8 stitches. Knit 6, k2tog across. Knit one row even. Continue decreasing every other row.

Is it a child's hat? Here's a guide based on gauge.
http://www.earthguild.com/products/k...at/hatcalc.htm
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:20 PM   #4
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The pattern has it in a different way which I really don't like because it just looks bulgy and not very pretty. I'm making it for my boyfriend. Umm, I wanted it eleven inches long. so do I start decreasing at nine inches?
I'm sorry, I'm super new at knitting. So I don't really know what I'm doing.

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Old 03-19-2013, 08:22 PM   #5
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Can you link to your pattern or give it's name and where you found it? It's easier to give appropriate answers when we know what you're working on.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:25 PM   #6
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http://store.cocoknits.com/products/...ouchy-hat.html
this is the pattern.
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Originally Posted by oursweetuniverse View Post
So I'm knitting a hat with 64 stitches and I can't figure out how many stitches until I decrease.
I'm very bad with kitting lingo, if that isn't obvious.
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http://store.cocoknits.com/products/...ouchy-hat.html
this is the pattern.
I'm looking at the pattern and it doesn't call for any decreases. You knit it until it's as long as you want, divide the stitches onto two needles and work a three needle bind off. That's how I'm reading anyhow.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:10 PM   #8
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There's actually no decreasing in this pattern in order to make it slouchy. If you want it a little smaller at the top, I'd work it to 10 or 11" and do a round of k2tog all around, then do the 3 needle BO.
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See if this tutorial helps with where to decrease. If it's a bottom up hat, you can try it on (or let the bf try it on), as in the link, to make sure it's approximately ok. Nice hat!
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I know there's no decreasing, but I'd like too. Because I don't like the three needle bind off. would that mess it up if I was to decrease instead of the three needle bind off?
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