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« on: May 22, 2008 07:13:54 AM »

I'm working on the Celtic Cap. http://www.girlfromauntie.com/patterns/shop/celticcap/detail.php

This is the first project I've ever made a swatch for. I measured my bf's head, I made a swatch, I talked to the LYS before starting to make sure all my ducks were in a row because I shelled out a little more money on the yarn. I even bought Addi Turbo needles to work on this.

I really struggled with getting it off the ground. I must have started over ten times. I was trying to work on it off and on during school, or off and on while cleaning. Now that I've had a break (and the house is clean!), I managed to get past the problem - and learned to cable without a cable needle!

So my bf got home last night, I tried to put the hat on his head to see how it fit, and it's HUGE. I mean HUGE. I'm so frustrated. Can I shrink it? Should I sew it smaller since I'm working it flat? Should I bag the whole thing? Should I suck it up and start over AGAIN? I would do almost anything to avoid that. Sad

Please help..... I've never had gauge problems before. 
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2008 08:38:44 AM »

Do it over on smaller needles or with less stitches. It will look a lot better than a bulky seam. Hats stretch so it's better to make one slightly smaller (an inch or 2) than the actual head measurement.

« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2008 12:06:15 PM »

I was working on that, twice and the first one was a pain. I was fine with the head, but the hem was always not right. I re-did it at least 5 times. How many panels do you have? I think I made 8 and it worked good for both heads. I'd also suggest to knit it again. Or if it's way to big to try to felt it, but I have no experience with that.
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2008 03:45:37 PM »

how big are we talking?  like, one full panel?  i'm making that hat right now with six panels on size 8 needles, and it fits me.  i'm just worried it won't be long enough! 

how far into it are you?  if you're not too far, i think you'll be happier with the finished results if you frog and reknit...
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2008 06:45:59 AM »

I finished it! I ended up reducing it to five panels. Then it worked out great width wise. When I was almost done I realized that was great for the width, but that it would still be too tall. It goes down over his ears, so it's not what I was going for, but he likes it and it will keep his head warm in the winter.

I think I'll just make him another one using smaller yarn. I'll post a pic over the weekend. Thanks for all the help. Smiley
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