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Imagine
« on: January 25, 2011 06:08:21 PM »

Hi knitters!

I don't know if this question has been answered before. I did a quick search without result. Here I go!

I'm knitting a hat for a friend. I want it to be really warm so I'm using the double-knitting technique (I do k1, p1 as shown in the knittinghelp video). I made a swatch and it gives me 6 stitches per inch on one side. To make a hat with 21 inches circumference, do I have to double the total?

6 x 21 = 126
126 x 2 = 252

Of course it's huge. I tried again, this time removing 10% (as per this post) and rounding it down so it's divisible by 8 (as per this video). So I'm now down to 224 stitches and it's still huge.

Should I cast on 126 stitches, and double-knit on that? Won't that be too small?

Thanks so much for your help!
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Tephra
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2011 06:41:32 PM »

Since it's for a hat I'd recommend casting on half and then making the other half up in the next round, that will give you the snug edge you want on a hat. So cast on 112 and then increase to 224 in the first round. Add your second yarn in the second round and start double knitting.
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Imagine
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2011 07:44:55 PM »

The brim will be turned up though (for extra-extra warmth around the ears!)
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Tephra
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2011 08:03:57 PM »

Well in that case, what appears too large might not be. When you first start out the stitches in double knitting are forced to be side by side rather than on top of each other. Try knitting for a few inches and see how the edge looks then, when the stitches can stack like they will in the finished hat.

An alternate idea, use a provisional cast on, cast on the full amount and knit the hat, then remove the cast on and separate the two layers onto different needles and Kitchener/graft them together.
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Imagine
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2011 05:06:55 AM »

Alright! Thanks!
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soozeq
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2011 07:50:21 AM »

An alternate idea, use a provisional cast on, cast on the full amount and knit the hat, then remove the cast on and separate the two layers onto different needles and Kitchener/graft them together.

Or use a 3 needle BO which can give a nice finished edge.
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2011 10:45:48 AM »

An alternate idea, use a provisional cast on, cast on the full amount and knit the hat, then remove the cast on and separate the two layers onto different needles and Kitchener/graft them together.

I haven't double knit anything yet, but what an awesome tip! Think I'm going to be using it when the time comes...thanks!  Grin
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Tephra
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2011 12:33:55 PM »

An alternate idea, use a provisional cast on, cast on the full amount and knit the hat, then remove the cast on and separate the two layers onto different needles and Kitchener/graft them together.

I haven't double knit anything yet, but what an awesome tip! Think I'm going to be using it when the time comes...thanks!  Grin

You're welcome. Smiley Making the cast on and cast off in double knitting match has been one of things that I've fiddled with time and again, in the end the simplest way seemed to be grafting both ends closed. Smiley
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