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Topic: i thought i followed the pattern! what did i do wrong??  (Read 1133 times)
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« on: February 03, 2007 07:15:12 PM »



I thought I followed the instructions

Cast on 37 stitches
knit 18 in stockinette
next row 1: with rs facing, *K9, K2tog, rep form * to last st, K1
Next row 2: work one row (that means knit it, right?)
Next row 3: *K7, K3tog, rep from * to end
Next row 4: work 1 row
Next row 5: *K5, K3tog, rep from * to end
Next row 6: work 1 row

Next row 7: *K2, K2tog, rep from * to end
Next row 8: *P1, P2tog, rep from * to end

break the yarn, leaving a long tail.  Thread the yarn through the remaining stitches. Pull up tight to create the crown and use the remaining yarn to sew up the hat.


---> pattern is from, "The Cool Girl's Guide to Knitting"

and just for fun (and a size gauge) here is my kitten wearing *MY HAT*
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2007 07:19:49 PM »

What yarn & needle size did the pattern call for?  What did you use?  Did you knit a swatch beforehand and check the guage (stitch per inch and rows per inch)?  Is this hat before or after blocking?

Most size discrepancies are due to a different sized yarn and needles.  As you knit more, you'll learn there are times when you will ignore the numbers altogether and do math to make it fit you. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2007 07:30:43 PM »

haha I love the pictures! knittinfiasco is right, this seems like a gauge problem to me--you followed the pattern exactly right, but the weight yarn/needle size you used might not have matched the specified gauge (# of stitches per inch) in the pattern.  don't worry, it happens to everyone Smiley to prevent this, always knit and measure a swatch before you cast on for the actual project--kind of a pain, but worth it.
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2007 07:31:31 PM »

Size 15, Rowan Big Wool

I used 8s, I think.  I guess I should have adjusted for using smaller needles.   Roll Eyes

Live and learn, I guess.


What is this 'knitting a swatch' I hear people talk about?
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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2007 07:46:15 PM »

"Swatching" is when you cast on a small amount of stitches (usually the pattern will tell you how many, but otherwise its around 20-30 depending on how thick your yarn is) and then knit in the pattern stitch until you have a small square. Then, measure out four inches across and count the number of stitches going across (your stitch gauge) and then measure out four inches vertically and count the number of stitches going up (your row gauge). This will give you the, for example, 18 st per 24 rows=4" in stockinette stitch (or whatever numbers and whatever stitch pattern the pattern gives you).

Here's a link from knitty to explain it better, since knitty always explains everything better.

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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2007 07:49:53 PM »

Size 15, Rowan Big Wool

I used 8s, I think.  I guess I should have adjusted for using smaller needles.   Roll Eyes

Live and learn, I guess.

What is this 'knitting a swatch' I hear people talk about?

You could try it again with 2-3 times as many stitches.

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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2007 08:00:19 PM »

There also are a lot of helpful links, terms, and tips in the pinned topics at the top of the forum.  Great resources!
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2007 07:52:35 AM »

yes, this is a swatch/gauge related issue.

Let's pretend--we are going to put down new tiles in your bathroom.

how many tiles do we need?

well if you have 1 inch hexagon tiles maybe 3000!

but if you have 4 X 4 tiles, maybe 300

still its likelier you have 12 X 12 tiles and maybe we only need 30

unless, you have a real fancy house and bathroom with stone tiles that are 12 X18 inches (and maybe we only need 20!)

see how the size of tile (1 inch vs 12 X18 inches) makes a big difference in how many are needed?--

same is true with yarn/needles.

big yarn/big needles --few stitches needed
small yarn/small needles MORE stitches needed.

in both cases (the bathroom or your head, or anyother part of your body you want to knit for!) you can't just say "X is the right number'

the right number to cast on is the number needed to cover the area (for a hat that is about 18 to 20 inches longX 6 to 7 inches tall)

if you want a 20  inch hat, and your yarn/needles work up at 4 stitches to the inch, you need 4 X20 as a cast on number (80 stitches)
but if your yarn and needes work up at 1.5 stitches per inch, you only need 30 or so stitches!

Does that help you understand?
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« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2007 08:20:01 AM »

Thanks for the help.

I was so enthralled by the cool yarn, and that it was actually working out (albeit on a miniature scale), that everything else went by the wayside.

I don't have anymore of that yarn though.  I'll try making it again with something else from my stash.
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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2007 08:32:40 AM »

Thanks for the help.

I was so enthralled by the cool yarn, and that it was actually working out (albeit on a miniature scale), that everything else went by the wayside.

I don't have anymore of that yarn though.  I'll try making it again with something else from my stash.

You're a new knitter and you have a stash!  There is no hope for you now - you're suckered in!!!!  Grin

You could always undo the teeny-tiny hat and re-use the yarn for a bigger one.
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