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ultraviolet
« on: September 08, 2006 04:30:41 PM »

I'm interested in possibly making this hat:
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/PATTdkhat.html
though all in one color (well, variegated, but I'm ignoring the chart). The instructions seem very...incomplete and vague. Like, it says to cast on however many stitches and then work chart and "Continue knitting *k1 MC, p1 CC* until the hat measures 9 [10] inches long."
It also says "Remember that any time you knit in your main color, you'll purl in your contrasting color."

Now, I've made a total of one thing that involved double knitting, and the way it was done was that you knit a stitch then slip a stitch and alternate like that. Then when you do the next row you are knitting the stitches you slipped before and slipping the stitches you knit before. But these instructions say NOTHING about slipping anything, they mostly seem concerned with the fact that you are using two separate colors. Is the purling in the opposite color the stitches that are on the other side? But if so, how are they kept separate?  Huh

Also, I don't understand how double knitting would work in the round. None of my knitting books mention double knitting at all - is it that obscure? Or maybe called something else? I checked Vogue Knitting, How to Knit by Debbie Bliss, The Big Book of Knitting by Katharina Buss, and Knitting Without Tears by Maggie Righetti. Is there some all-important knitting book that I have missed that would have this information? Or could someone refer me to a different pattern for a double knit hat that is may more informative?

I'd be forever grateful for some help!

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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2006 08:02:31 PM »

I made this hat, and I agree that the instructions were wierd first off. 

You are right, the purling part is the other side, worked in the other color.  The way the two sides are kept separate is that you have to keep moving your working yarn back and forth between the needles.  If your are knitting, the two strands (one of each color) should be at the back of your work.  Reverse this if your are purling.  That doesn't sound right, but if you try it, you will see it.  In effect, your are making two stockinette panels that are held with their purl sides together.  When you knit, you are working on the front panel.  When you purl, you are working on the back panel. 

The slip stitch technique is a similar way to get multiple colors in one row, but it's not exactly the same. 

Since you're going to drop the chart, you will basically end up with two layers of knitting, one on top of the other.  It will be like a two-layer hat. 

Hope that helps!  Good luck


My version:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/quincy134/hatandgloves.jpg
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ultraviolet
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2006 05:09:41 AM »

Ooookay. I was hung up on the "two strands" as being the two different colors, but now I understand that I will STILL be using two strands, one for the front and one for the back. Thank you! Is the hat stockinette? It's not really clear - the only mention the pattern makes is in regard to color.

Yours looks great! Thanks so much for the explanation Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2006 05:25:38 AM »

Yes, the hat ends up being stockingnet.  You will have the two layers, both in stockingnet, with the knit stitch side facing outwards. 
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2006 07:52:40 AM »

Thank you so much! It's much more clear now  Smiley
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