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Topic: top-down hats: new adventure of looooove (pattern added!)  (Read 3550 times)
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« on: April 30, 2007 09:01:53 PM »

seriously, i've made two in this past week! it must be love, if nothing else!

the first one is a teal-ish cabled earflap one:
(ack.... i still can't post pictures Sad ) OH WOOHOO, yes i can!  Grin



close up-


and for the braids, i did it with five strands, like the cable on the hat-

the second is a grey openwork rib beanie-type one:


top- (what messy sink?)

close up-


aaaaand, that's it. hope you like them! Smiley

pattern for the grey openwork beanie is here (i'm leaving this as a link because it's pretty big):

actually, it's not so much a "pattern" as it is a "chartwithnotes", but if you have any questions about it, just ask!
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2007 09:14:11 PM »

Those are both great!

I, too, love knitting hats but am a little baffled about the top down procedure. I've been doing them from the bottom up but would love to do them the other way.

I would assume you just do all the stuff for the crown at the beginning*...like, you cast on 8 stitches but how do you proceed then? Do you close the hole somehow and then knit?


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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2007 10:27:16 PM »

eyes attracted to the sea green hat like a fly to a zapper.  Wink

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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2007 12:13:57 AM »

Those are both maaajor cool, but I'm LOVIN' the gray beanie!!   Shocked Grin

Would you be able to share the pattern??  That would seriously be at the top of my list if so ... like next project right away, especially to learn TOP-DOWN HATS!!  That would be amaaaazing, especially if it can help fit my apparently large noggin. Wink
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2007 01:14:36 AM »

I love the first one.

Top-down hats are my first choice because you can control the diameter and depth by trying it on as you go, just like a top-down raglan.

You cast on a number of stitches, like 3 or 4 or 6, and keep increasing every other row until it's the diameter you want.  Example: you could cast on 3 sts, increase to 6 sts, and the following increase rounds would add another 6 sts to the total st count.  Once you've got your desired diameter, knit straight until you've got the desired depth.
At least, that's how I do it.

I need to hurry up and finishing the edging on my own earflap hat. Cheesy

« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2007 07:10:16 PM »

Cool hats. I really like the gray one!

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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2007 07:17:32 PM »

wow your braid is so neat.... not as in "neat-o" but more as in "clean."  i don't even want to say 'braid.' maybe 'plait'?  yes, let me instead say:  wow your plait is so neat-as-in-clean.

and yeah knitting top-down hats is ADDICTIVE.  actually i've only done one bottom-up.  but still.

plus all in all, i really like your hats.
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2007 07:20:12 PM »

I really love them both!

nothing tastes as good as being fit feels! Did you workout today???
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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2007 06:19:13 PM »

Well, I understand the *principle* of just reversing everything you do for a bottom up hat, but it's the actual *execution* I can't visualize.

After casting on a small amount of sts, how are you supposed to draw your yarn thru those "live" sts if they are going to be knitted? If you knit them, they aren't live anymore so how do you gather them?

I don't know if I'm clear or not....Undecided


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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2007 08:37:04 PM »

well, whenever i casted on i just did it regularly and left a longer cast-on tail, so there was a hole, but i had yarn right there to sew it up neatly. i hope that makes sense  Undecided
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