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« on: November 15, 2005 08:35:43 AM »

I am VERY new to knitting and have a lot of trouble with patterns.  Can anyone put this pattern in simple terms for me (I'm not sure what "join" means or how the switching of needles works)  and more importantly tell me what needles this requires??  I think rounds..but not completely sure.

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 using worsted weight yarn and size 5 needles, cast on 68 stitches. Join, work 1 x 1 (knit 1, purl 1) ribbing for 6 rounds.
next round: knit 4 *knit 2, make 1 (use whatever increase method you like best)* to end. Switch to size7 or 8 needles, and work as follows:
round 1-3:*purl 1 (knit 1, purl 1) three times, knit 3; repeat from * to end of round.
round 4: *purl 1 (knit 1, purl 1) three times, cable 3; repeat from * to end of round.

if you prefer a bigger cable with smaller sections between, work this instead:
round 1-3:*purl 1 (knit 1, purl 1) two times, knit 5; repeat from * to end of round.
round 4: *purl 1 (knit 1, purl 1) two times, cable5; repeat from * to end of round.

work these two rounds until hat measures 11-12".
Next round: knit 2 together around.
next round: knit 2 together around.
Cut yarn, leaving a 10" tail, thread tail on yarn needle, weave through stitches on circular and pull to tighten the hole and close top of hat. Weave in ends.
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2005 09:08:24 AM »

Your hat will be worked in the round.  After you cast on your stitches, you join the ends together to form a circle.  You can use either circular  or double-pointed needles.  For more info, go to: http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/misc.php  and scroll down to Knitting In The Round.
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2005 09:12:32 AM »

Sorry, the video was moved.  It's here now, first one on the page.  http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/
I hope this helps.
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2005 11:23:37 AM »

You are correct that this project requires circular needles. Personally I would use circulars in both sizes, and have a set of dpns in the larger size for when the decreases make the circular to unweildy to use. To change the needle you simply use the larger needle to knit the row where you are told to change. So you would knit 6 rounds of the ribbing, and the first round of the pattern. You should have a marker on your needle to let you know where the beginning of each round is... you simply slide the marker over your needle and keep going. When you are beginning the 8th round {1st round of the pattern repeat}, knit {or purl} your stitches off of the smaller needle and onto the larger one. When the round is finished, you will have switched needles. Also, when the hat becomes too small to fit well on the circular needle, you can start using the dpns, switching them in the same way you did previously, putting an even amount on each needle to balance the stitches. Clear as mud? HTH.
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