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« on: December 17, 2007 11:44:37 AM »

Can anyone help me? I've made the Centre Square hat from Knitty but because I decreased the crown differently (I wasn't keen on the "cross") I've ended up with a hat that is just about an inch too long. I do like it to cover my ears so I only want to shrink it very slightly but I'm not sure of the best method of doing this. Can you "block" a hat smaller? Actually, I have never blocked any of my knitted projects because they have always been little items that look fine to me as soon as their off the needles!

Thanks for your help!

(by the way, I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky - I think that this is mostly natural fibres...)
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2007 01:17:05 PM »

The first thing that comes in mind is felting it slightly. But I mess up everything I felt so I wont give any advice, maybe other craftsters have some input on that Smiley

Otherwise, could you just hem it an inch? Thatll be easy and painfree

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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2007 01:18:50 PM »

thanks - but i think that a hem would upset the balance of the pattern! i feel like reknitting it one needle size down - it's a quick knit that only took a couple of hours - i'd need to buy some new needles tho!
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2007 02:25:08 PM »

hmm - well i tries to shrink it by soaking it in boiling water for about 1/2 and hour and dipping it into freezing water a few times before reshaping it and leaving it to dry - but it didn't shrink, it stretched! now it is totally unwearable and i'm gutted. i think there must not be enough wool content in this yard, plus i've read now that it is machine washable. ah well, i took some photos on my phone when it was still wearable -i'll just stare at those for a while before figuring out my next step!
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2007 06:49:36 PM »

That has happened to me, too, but with a different yarn.  It was slippers, and they stretched out so as to be suitable for Godzilla. No fun at all, after all this work.  I'm sorry this happened to you!

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