Wednesday, November 23, 2005

In Which I Describe How to Knit the Sides of the Hat

So, has everyone finished knitting the top of their hat? Let's move on to the sides.

Step 3:

Knit 2 rounds plain.

Begin knitting in any pattern stitch you like. Don't forget, however, that the pattern stitch must be a multiple of 2, 3, or 6 unless you increase or decrease some stitches. I used a simple two-stitch, two-round repeat as follows:
Round 1: knit
Round 2: *k1, p1; repeat from * to end of round

Other good choices are:

The half linen stitch, which makes a nice, sturdy hat and looks good with variegated yarn. WYIF means "with yarn in front."
Round 1: *k1, wyif slip 1 purlwise; repeat from * to end of round
Rounds 2 & 4: knit
Round 3: *wyif slip 1 purwise, k1; repeat from * to end of round


This stitch pattern (I don't know the name) which makes a really stretchy hat if you don't know the head size of the recipient.
Round 1: *k1, knit one in the stitch below; repeat from * to end of round
Rounds 2 & 4: knit
Round 3: *knit one in the stitch below, k1; repeat from * to end of round

Of course, you can also just knit each round to make a stockinette stitch cap, or do a k2, p2 rib.

Work your chosen stitch pattern until the sides are the right length. If you want a beanie-style hat, make the sides short. If you want a cap that you can pull over your ears, make them longer.

I stopped after 4 inches because I was almost out of yarn.

Let me know when you've caught up with me and I'll tell you how to finish off the bottom edge of the hat.

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Running commentary on my unending quest to knit up my stash.