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« on: March 20, 2004 01:22:48 PM »

Now that I love using the circular needles/dpns for hat projects I dread the thought of using the straight needles and having to seam. Does anyone know how to convert the pattern for hot head onto circulars/dpns? Huh
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2004 06:29:10 AM »

I've only done Hot Head on circulars.  with all those stripes, I also couldn't stand the thought of all that finishing.    you might want to put a marker on your needle when you join the ends at the beginning.  this way, everytime you get to the marker, you'll know you are a new round.  i just treated every round as a row from the pattern and just switched to the dpns as the top got too small for the circulars.
does that make sense?  if you have more specific questions, i might be able to help.
good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2004 07:39:49 AM »

You can do any circular pattern on circulars easily.  Invest in some markers.  They're very handy.  Just mark the beginning of the row and you're good to go.  That's what I love about circulars, you really don't have to change anything if you want to use circulars.
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2004 07:58:02 PM »

Really, thats it? Thats great! Thanks for the advice! Cheesy
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2004 12:05:59 PM »

I forgot to ask: What needle size would I use? Would a 7-16inch be alright or is that too small?
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2004 06:05:39 AM »

I've knit a ton of these on circs- very easy. I don't even follow the pattern anymore. I just decrease when I feel like it. I have trouble sticking to patterns though (and recipes, and directions etc...)!!

I don't have the book in front of me, but US 7 size needles sound way too small. I think the size was somewhere from 9-11 (check this in the book). The 16 (length of the circ) is correct for a hat so you should be fine there.

It does get a little trick at the top of the hat when decreasing on circs. A pattern would tell you to switch to double pointed needles. You can do this. I actually don't use double pointed needles, I use the "magic loop" method with circs. http://www.purlwise.com/2003/12/the_handy_magic.html

Have fun and good luck!

« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2005 12:23:24 AM »

As my first circular thingie (and the first on my new present- the denise interchangable knitting set!!) the first part of this hat is coming out quite well.  I've done the decreasing on straights pretty effortlessly, but I have one question about doing it on circulars.  I want to give the hat I'm making as a gift tomorrow, and I suppose it will become obvious what to do once I start, so if I don't hear back I suppose I'll just find out. 

Do you have to reverse any of the pattern for circulars in the decrease section?  Can you just follow it is it's written?
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2005 07:53:08 AM »

I recently made a ribbed hat and used the Hot Head decreases. The thing to remember is that on circulars and DPNs, you're always knitting on the right side, so I think you do have to flip some knits and purls around. I don't have my book with me at the moment, but i think that, in the first few WS decreases, you just switch the knits and purls (instead of k2tog you p2tog). I just did whatever I thought would keep the ribbing continuity to the top and it worked out well.

Congrats on the Denise Interchangables...I'm jealous!
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2005 11:08:41 AM »

Hrm.  Then maybe I have been knitting backwards?  I've been holding the bulk of the work towards me and the needles furthest from me, and all the ends and such from changing colors are on the inside (so the wrong side is the inside of the tube and the right side is the outside).  I've read that you work the side that's facing you, so that would mean that I'm always working the wrong side, right?  In that case, all I'd have to do is follow the WS instructions as written and flip the RS ones.  Do I have it backwards?
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2005 01:14:46 PM »

For anyone else who's trying this on circulars, I did exactly what I said and it came out pretty well.  The W and R sides aren't that different for this hat, anyway. 

I don't have DPNs that big, so I hacked the Denise set to get it done.  It doesn't come with DPNs, but for five rows it can be done as if.  You only ever use two tips at once, so you just swap in the relevant ones in as you need them.  It comes with six cords and you need four at a time.  It's awkward and I wouldn't use them to make socks or anything, but for this pattern it's doable.  It actually makes the crown neater because the stitches come out smaller at the top than they do on straights. 

But if my mattress stitch didn't suck so much I'd do it on straights. 
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