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Topic: Russian Winter Hat and Drop Stitch Vest  (Read 6416 times)
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« on: January 04, 2005 08:55:21 AM »

hi everyone. i'm a beginning knitter looking for some help on my first attempts at non-scarf projects. i'm kind of tired of knitting scarves so i just decided to go for something i really like, and so here i am at the russian winter hat and drop stitch vest (no way to learn better than to try, right?).

so the hat calls for the use of circular needles, but does that mean that i need to knit in the round? the patt doesnt say so, that i can tell, but i have never knitted in the round so maybe i just overlooked something.
and for the drop-stitch vest, i'm sort of unclear about when to drop the stitches. so i work in St st until the piece is such a length long, and then for the next row i k26 and then begin to drop? and beginning to do the DBO2 makes the ladders run down the entire St st piece? i'm having trouble visualizing. any help/advice is really appreciated!

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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2005 07:03:40 PM »

You don't have to knit in the round for the Russian winter hat, I would think. it says to use circs just to make it easier because of the shape of the hat but it's not necessary.
I want to try this hat, too, but can't seem to find the yarn locally, and it seems expensive on the internet... I might try to sub a cheaper yarn.
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2005 11:28:53 PM »

yeah i hear that the yarn for the hat is way hard to find, but i'm for sure willing to search. good luck with this project if you ever find a good yarn for it!

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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2005 08:18:01 PM »

OK, I knit the hat using Lion brand polar spun - see pic at https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=3085
After having knit it, I think you would really need the circular needles to make it work. Also, I wouldn't recommend it as your very first hat project, it can be a bit tricky to work with the fluffy yarn and to pick up stitches.
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2005 08:40:00 PM »

Here are some cute yarns you could use along with a strand of worsted weight yarn that would be pretty inexpensive:




I think the last one would work the best!  Also, if you sign up for joann's e-mail list they send you deals on shipping all of the time, and you can get 40% off one item in your cart with your order as well.
hope this helps!

« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2005 10:29:11 PM »

Kari - I just started up knitting again, and one of my first projects was on round needles...Don't be scared of them, they are your friends! It really is not hard to use them, and once you do, I think you will find it easier than straights because there are no seams to sew, and you can knit all rows for stockinette, so it goes much faster!

Good luck with your hat project. Smiley
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2005 11:01:08 AM »

i knit three of the russian winter hats, with completely different yarns, the first one i used straights because i didn't have a circular needle, and it was really hard, but it can be done. for the other two i went out and bought a circular needle. Smiley
for the yarn choices, because of the way the hat is formed, you can use pretty much anything, i think. i made one with lamb's pride bulky, one with lamb's pride worsted, and one with a weird yarn my mom gave me that's somewhere in between those two weights. without the eyelash yarn, it's a really cute simple bonnet. i think it's way more flattering on me than round hats, plus it covers my ears. Cheesy
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2005 12:37:04 PM »

make with the pictures, jujyfruit!
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2005 09:19:49 PM »

i hope this works... here's my gallery
the white one i made first on straight needles with lamb's pride worsted, the brown one-i have no idea what that yarn was, and the red and black one is lamb's pride bulky. the eyelash yarns with the red hat and the white hat, i don't know what they are either.  Roll Eyes sorry!
i kind of hate the red and black one so i never put ties on it or wove in the ends. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2005 09:47:34 PM »

very nice, jujyfruit! I dunno why, but it never really even crossed my mind that I could sub yarns for this project, I guess I just couldn't see it in anything but it's furry-ness glory! I really like all of your versions though, cute!

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