Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Part 3 of knitting our hat

Here's our hat again...just to keep you focused!  At this point you should have 26 rows of knit 2 purl 2 on 6mm needles with super bulky yarn.
So to create the top of the hat you have to start decreasing your stitches.  In other words-- knitting stitches together to make it get narrower, and eventually you want to end up with only 7 stitches on the needle.

On your pattern it would read like this...*K2tog, p2; rep from * to end 42 sts.
Translation Knit 2 together, Purl 2 repeat from the beginning of the row to the end.  You should have 42 stitches when you're done.
This is pretty much exactly how it sounds.  Instead of just putting your right hand empty needle into one stitch your going to put it into 2 stitches like this....

From here you do everything the same as regular knit.  Take your yarn around the right hand needle

and pull it through BOTH stitches

Slide the left hand needle out of the 2 original stitches.

Purl the next 2 stitches like you've been doing all along to the end of the row.
So the final rows after doing the above row go like this:
Row 2: *K2 tog, p1;rep from * to end (knit 2 together, purl 1 from beginning of row to the end)
Row 3: *K1, p1; rep from* to end (knit 1, purl 1 from beginning of row to end)
Row 4: *K1, p1; rep from * to end
Row 5: *K2 tog; rep from * to end -14 sts. (you should have 14 stitches on your needle now)
Row 6: *K2 tog; rep from * to end-7 sts. (you should have only 7 stitches on your needle)

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