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221  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Generic Hat Pattern on: December 13, 2005 07:23:51 PM
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222  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Generic Hat Pattern on: December 13, 2005 06:48:42 PM
So you will never have to search for a basic hat pattern again:
(for circular or double-pointed needles):
1) knit a swatch and measure your gauge

2) measure your head (or if it's not for you, measure the head of the person it is for.  Or, one of the links just posted had a chart of standard hat sizes).

3) Multiply your gauge (stitches per inch) by the head circumference.

4) Subtract about 10% from that number (for a snug fit).
    You may want to adjust this number a little so it is easily divisible (see step 6).

5) Cast on that number of stitches, join to work in the round, and knit for 8 inches (9 for peole with larger heads, or if you intend the brim to fold up).  If you work in plain stockinette stitch (all knit stitches), the brim will curl.  You can experiment with ribbing (k1,p1, k2,p2, etc) for a different look.  I usually use a set of needles 2 sizes down from the ones I swatched with for the first two inches or so, or for the desired lenght of the ribbed portion.

6) Pick a number that divides easily into the number of stitches you cast on (for example, if you had 60 stitches on your needles, you might use 6): we will call this number x.  Subtract one from this number: x-1. 

7) Knit x-1 stitches, then k2tog.  repeat across the round. (if we were using my example from the last step, you would k5, k2tog)
Knit the next round plain.
On the next round, decrease after every x-2 stitches

8)Continue this way, decreasing on every other round, and having one less stitch between decreases each time.  On the last round, K2tog all the way around (if you are using circs, you will probably have to switch to DPNS when you get down to the last few decrease rounds).  Break yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches, then pull on it to close the top.  Weave in ends.

Voila, you have a hat!

I hope this was clear enough.  Good luck!
223  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Rapunzel, rapunzel, let down your hair! (scarf) on: December 12, 2005 08:51:11 AM
It looks like some of the strands are knitted (i-cord), or crochet chains.  It also looks like some are just a buch of strands of yarn twisted together.  I think you could get pretty much the same look without knitting or crocheting, though.  I think it will take a lot of yarn and ribbon scraps, though. I hope it comes out well.
224  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: College/Cheap but not horribly unhealthy ideas on: December 11, 2005 04:15:48 PM
White bean stew: fast, cheap, and nutritious!
1 can cannelini beans
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 or 2 carrots, chopped

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for about 15 minutes (until carrots are soft).  Season to taste with salt, pepper, paprika, amd oregano.

Also, I'd like to put in another vote for ethnic grocery stores.  I love the lebanese grocery store near my house!
225  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 350 yards of mohair??? on: December 11, 2005 01:42:40 PM
I was thinking about a shrug...but I'm not sure I would wear one (I hardly ever see shrugs I actually like, but I do kinda like "I do" from Knitty).  Maybe I could make one for someone else.
226  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: luna clay on: December 10, 2005 07:04:44 PM
Your website is stunning!  You must put a lot of time into your creations.
227  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 350 yards of mohair??? on: December 10, 2005 06:47:47 PM
So, I have about 350 yards of mohair yarn (I think it's fingering weight) in a lovely dark brown color.  Any ideas about what I could do with it (other than an shawl)?  So far the only thing I've thought of is a mobius scarf or stole.
Thanks!
228  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Different Spindles on: December 06, 2005 12:03:50 PM
That Turkish spindle is one of the coolest things I've ever seen.  I wonder how hard it would be to make one....
229  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Tree themed swap on: December 05, 2005 06:27:50 PM
I just might have to join this swap... I love trees! (any other tree nerds recognize the user name?)
230  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Paleontology on: December 03, 2005 01:48:30 PM
Wow, these are awesome.  You may have inspired me to take up embroidery.  I'm in an invertebrate zoology class currently.... I wonder if embroidering inverts would count as studying?
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