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« on: December 12, 2007 11:31:18 AM »

apparently i'm terrible at gaging things

I knitted the Winter Femme hat (http://d-made.com/knitting/patterns/patterns.html)
and it was my first time using cables

I used Knit picks' telemark in tidepool heather with size 5 needles (i think) and I think that's where I went wrong.

And I don't know what to do with it, the color is gorgeous and i really don't want to tear it apart because i worked so hard on it.  Any suggestions?

also, just so i don't waste another topic on this... i used the pattern "molly's headband" from interweave I think and made this absolutely hideous headband:

« Last Edit: December 12, 2007 11:34:32 AM by Talz » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2007 12:09:16 PM »

ugh! i hate when that happens! i had that happen last week with a cabled hat from stitch and bitch...  i swear it was just the goddess of knitting who reached down and messed with it because i still can't figure out what went wrong!

i ended up giving the hat to one of the smaller people in my life.

i once fixed a too-short hat by picking up stitches around the edge and adding about an inch and a half of soft bobbly/furry-type yarn. it looked like i had actually intended it to be that way. this isn't the hat i fixed, but here's a pic of a hat i did the same thing too with the yarn i'm talking about.

your cables are beautiful too! and i agree, the color is gorgeous.

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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2007 12:23:41 PM »

I'd just pick up stitches and knit more ribbed edging, or maybe attach a sideways braid to it, like that other hat... which I forget the name of...

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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2007 12:44:21 PM »

thanks guys! those are both really good suggestions
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2007 12:53:39 PM »

At least it's a nice colour! I agree with thefourthstar's strategy of just giving it to someone else whose head it will fit.

This probably won't help you for this hat, but it may for future hat projects. When I'm knitting a hat I check how many rounds are allotted for decreasing. Then I calculate how long (or high? I mean a vertical measurement.) the part between the straight section and the very top of the hat will be--in other words, how long the decrease section is.

When I finish the straight section (in this case, regular, non-decreasing cables), I try on the hat with the knitting needles still in place, pull it down gently to where I want the brim to be, and look at the circle of bare head in the mirror. If the radius of that circle is considerably greater than the length of the decrease section, I keep knitting more straight-section rounds to fill it in.

I try on the hat in front of a mirror as often as possible to check my progress and the fit of the hat. I look like an idiot wearing a half-hat full of needles, but at least the finished product fits.

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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2007 12:59:50 PM »

yeah i should have done that

actually before i started decreasing I put it up next to my head where the brim should have been and thought that i would have enough rows to make it fit right
but obviously i didn't haha

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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2007 08:42:58 AM »

You could either add more ribbing or you could undo back to just before the decreases and do another inch or so, then start decreasing.

« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2007 10:48:52 AM »

It is a cute hat.  I think all the people who write hat patterns must have very small heads, because that is always happening to me as well.  Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2007 02:42:39 PM »

Ysolda wrote a really good blog post on swatching here:

« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2007 04:03:25 PM »

Well I think it looks fine. I looked at the pattern and the photo shows that hat as a very "beanie style". Yours seems to fit just like the photo.

The head band looks great too. I like the color a lot.

Maybe I'm to new at knitting to really tell if somethings "wrong"


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