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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / I want a hat, not a disk!! on: March 26, 2009 10:21:10 AM
I'm trying to make a simple hat with fpdc/bpdc (to make it chunky/thick) and I'm having problems getting the hat to curl up when I'm done expanding it.  For the increasing part, there's no bpdc.

This is how I'm increasing:

To start: Chain 3, sl st to join.
Round 1: Ch 1, 12 hdc in center of ring, join with sl st in top of first hdc. (12)
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 fpdc around each hdc, join with sl st in top of first fpdc. (24)
Round 3: Ch 1, fpdc around first fpdc, *fpdc around next fpdc, 2 fpdc around next fpdc* around, join with sl st in top of first fpdc. (36)
Round 4: Ch 1, fpdc around each of the first two fpdc, 2 fpdc around next fpdc, *fpdc around each of next two fpdc, 2 fpdc around next fpdc* around, join with sl st in top of first fpdc. (48)
Round 5: Ch 1, fpdc around first fpdc, 2 fpdc around next fpdc, *fpdc around each of next three fpdc, 2 fpdc around next fpdc, *around to the last two fpdc, fpdc around each of them, join with sl st in top of first fpdc. (60)

These rows are out of a pattern book I'm using, but I don't want to keep increasing like the book does.  I just want to start my own pattern from here.  I've stopped increasing, and I'm just crocheting one to one.  The pattern I want is:

Rounds 6-end: 4 fpdc, 2 bpdc

However, when I do this, the hat doesn't curl up, it just lies flat and I get a circle that's bigger and bigger and bigger.  I am certain I'm not increasing--I count the stitches at the end of every round, and I keep having 60 stitches, no more.  My tension is the same throughout.

I've made this hat successfully twice before, and each time I had the same problem but eventually it worked out....but I never knew what I did differently, it just worked!

If anyone has had this problem or can tell where I went wrong in the pattern, please let me know!  Thanks a lot Smiley
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