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Topic: Double knit Autobos & Decepticons Hats - How I beat my knitting nightmare  (Read 7242 times)
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« on: October 20, 2009 03:48:47 PM »

A few months back a friend asked if I'd knit him some hats for his nephew and neece to be (since born happy and healthy earlier this month!).  Sure I said, I love to knit and don't have any big projects going at the moment.  He hunted online and sent me a link to what he wanted.  Autobots for the little boy, decepticons for the little girl, double knit with earflaps.  I've never double knit before, but colour work didn't scare me.  Oh was I in for a suprise.

I downloaded the charts (http://yesimadethat.blogspot.com/2007/09/transformers-toque-pattern.html), found an online tool for sizing your own custome earflap hats (http://www.thedietdiary.com/knittingfiend/Hats/HKEarflapHat.html) and swatched for gauge.  I had a plan, it involved math but I'm not afraid of a little math.  (See how I just keep digging my hole?)

I cast on, got 2/3rds through the first chart and disater struck!  The decrease points for the crown landed right in the middle of the chart!  Ack!! I'd swatched to get the gauge of the chart without taking into account that the chart was for an adult sized head!  Fortunately, crafter came to the rescue (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=320565.msg3694741#msg3694741)!  Grafting the hats closed like one would a sock was suggested.  I'd only grafted a couple of times using the kitchener stitch, but I'd already conqured double knitting, there was no reason to fear the graph was there?

After weeks of working exclusively on them, here's is the end result.

I'm not thrilled with how the graphed seam came out.  I just don'e seem to get the kitchner stitch.  They also haven't been blocked yet so they're still a little squareish at the corners of the seam.  But they are done.  The kids will probably have to grown into them, but my friends likes what he's seen. 

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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2009 04:17:30 PM »

ive tried and tried doubleknitting, and i always seem to fail.
these look awesome tho!  Grin
great work! im jealous of these kids!

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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2009 04:23:13 PM »

Wow! These are awesome!

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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2009 05:32:49 PM »

Oh these are so awesome!  thanks for sharing the link to the pattern too.  And free!  Whoot!  I will be adding these to my huge list of christmas gifts to make.

Want to learn to crochet or knit?  I have a ton of extra crochet hooks & circular knitting needles.  Will throw in some pattern books and yarn for anyone interested in a swap.
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2009 07:17:09 PM »

I want I want! good job

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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2009 07:53:04 PM »

kudos to you for taking on doubleknitting, charting, swatching, AND math! seriously. i can't tell you how many times my *refusal* to do any and/or all of the above (particularly swatching) have resulted in many many a frustrated frogging session! and i think that both hats look FAB! those kids are gonna be the coolest things ever once they get to wear them. congrats on a really great job Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2009 07:44:57 AM »

FANTASTIC! I'm not much of a knitter, so these would be pretty much a nightmare for me! I think this is a stellar WIN

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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2009 10:55:22 AM »

WOW! they turned out awesome!
I won't show the boy or you know what he'll end up asking for christmas Wink
great job lady, they're badass.

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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2009 04:38:13 PM »

Um yeah so.....freakin' awesome! I can't even imagine taking on that task..Double knitting is fine, but thats like super duper double knitting! Super great job!

WOW! they turned out awesome!
I won't show the boy or you know what he'll end up asking for christmas Wink
great job lady, they're badass.

My husband saw it:( I told him I'd gladly knit him one if he could put up with me yelling and throwing things for a bit....he said no more:)

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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2009 05:44:36 PM »

Hey there, saw these and loved them. In fact my hubby is making me promise to sew you anything you want just so that he can get his hands on one of these,  so heavily pregnant and new baby (soon) aside let me know as soon as you are rested, well slept (hmmm could be a year or so!!) and up for a personal swap.

Take care, great job on the hats and good luck with the little one.


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