Okay, so last night I started a beanie hat that I have been dreaming about for ages. It's made from some delicious wool that I dyed with Kool-aid earlier this year. I cast on last night. 88 sts. Then I knit a wide band of ribbing. Everything was going perfectly. I continued knitting all today. When I got to the part where I would start to decrease, I counted my sts again. There were 88. Life was good. Then I tried to decrease. I would knit 7 sts, and then k2tog the 8th and 9th. I thought it would work perfectly. It didn't. I was left with an uneven number of stitches. I sighed, ripped my work back to the beginning of the row, and tried again, this time, k2togging the 11th and 12ths sts. That didn't work either. So I tried again, this time k2togging the 12th and 13th sts. That didn't work out, either. So now I'm starting to get rather irritated with the damn thing, and so I came to you lovely people for assistance. Is there any magical equation to figure out where to put your decreases?
I never use patterns, I tend to knit first and see if it fits about 20 rows in to the project.
Surprisingly, it works out quite well.