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« on: December 29, 2007 04:08:26 PM »

I'm making this beret, and I am about half way done, but it is very loose, a few inches too big around my head. I checked my gauge, and followed the directions, but it is still too big. Does anyone think that it will shrink a little when I block it, or should i restart?? (it is 100% alpaca)
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2007 04:11:16 PM »

If you're very brave you could felt it a little once you are finished with it.  But it is a small knitted item, so I think I would re-do it.....and that says alot because I am the laziest knitter in the world!
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2007 06:37:18 PM »

If your gauge is correct (your stitches are the right size) and you cast on the correct number of stitches, then the beret is the size that the instructions 'intended'. Is it possible that your head is a bit smaller than the head size that the beret is intended to fit? I know berets are generally meant to be loose and slouchy but not on the very edge band, right?
I would definitely reknit. No sense gambling that alpaca to save a few hours of knitting time. I mean you like knitting right?

« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2007 09:10:48 PM »

Yeah, I'm reknitting a couple hats that turned out too big. It doesn't take all that long (compared to a sweater or something large). Measure your head where you want it to fit, then subtract an inch or two. Multiply that measurement by your sts/inch and that's how many you need to cast on.

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