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femiknit
« on: December 20, 2004 03:00:10 PM »

Hey everyone! 

I've got a question:  Can you make a ribbed hat on circulars?  I hate sewing a seam so I started a ribbed hat on circs (co 56 sts on size 7s using Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk).  I'm doing k4, p4 ribbing but I'm wondering what's going to happen when I start decreasing at the top.  Are the stripes going to get all wonky?  Please say no so that I don't have to knit it straight.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2004 06:29:54 PM »

you can definitely do a ribbed hat on circs - i made the "hothead" hat from SnB on circs instead of doing it flat. i used the 2 circulars method at the top when i needed to decrease instead of going to DPNs. i don't want to give anything away about a copyrighted pattern, but if you make the decreases so that you a combining knits with knits and purls with purls, i don't think the ribbing will look funny. you'll just change to skinnier rib. and eventually (like when you're down to 1 x 1 ribbing), you can combine knits together with purls and it will just look like the ribs merged. if you have trouble, go check out a copy of SnB. good luck and remember to post pics when you're done!
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femiknit
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2004 03:46:35 PM »

thanks!  i looked at the hothead pattern to get ideas but i noticed the patern was not knit in the round.  what you said in terms of decreasing makes sense, though.  hopefully, it will turn out okay.  no biggie if it doesn't.  for once, it's a hat i'm making for myself so i'll just frog it if i have to.

i'll definitely post pics when i'm done.  this yarn is, like, the softest yarn i've ever felt. (excuse the "like" but i've been watching "my so-called life" all day today.)
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2004 06:48:17 AM »

Decreasing ribs on circ's is no different from flat decreases.  The trick is to keep the K's and P's in their original lineup-- even when the lineup gets smaller.  So, you'll probably go something like this:
K4P4
K4 P2tog, P2tog
K2tog K2tog, P2
K2 P2tog
K2tog P
K P
K2tog

That would be a pretty fast decrease, though-- you'd probably want to throw some extra rows in there for shaping's sake.
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femiknit
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2005 07:20:07 AM »

so, i've had to frog this three times because i cast on way too little.  i guess i thought i had a shrunken head or something.  i started out with 56 and now i've got 88.  i'm almost to my desired length so i will start decreasing soon. 

thanks for the info, chimblysweep.  i can use what you suggested and kind of melt it into what i was thinking and come up with the perfect decrease of any ribbed hat knit on circs!  the good thing is, i'm writing down everything i do so if i need to replicate it, i can.  yaybas!
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