Crafty Cathy

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Another Double Knit Goodie

Posted by 2ton Inspired on January 30, 2008

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I’m in awe of how much faster I can knit now. The first few hats I made took a few weeks at least. This hat was double knitted and only took me a few days! Granted it’s child sized, but it fits me so it’s not that small.

In an earlier post I mentioned that my sister asked for a double knit hat for her second son. She didn’t have any real specifications except for double knit with ear flaps and black. After looking at a few different patterns I went with canKNITian’s Helping Hat on one side and plain ss on the other side. The black is intended to be the outside. I chose the turquoise because it seemed like a nice boyish color, plus it was in my stash and it was also a softie yarn. (Black is Caron Simply Soft. Turquoise is Red Heart Soft)

I admit I was a bit ambitious to try two patterns in a double knit. It was tricky doing the cables because I had to move the front/back sts around whenever the cable sts came up. The worse part though was the top. Because both hats had different instructions for decrease. Eventually when it got down to about 4 rows left I had to split the sides and finish separately.

There were also some hat throwing* when I started the ear flaps. First I couldn’t figure out how to pickup stitches so that both sides had knit stitches and then when I finally figured that out I found there were little holes where I picked up stitches on the purl of the rib. Luckily I was able to figure out that if I m1 by looping the yarn around my thumb and adding it to the needle (I’m sure there’s a technical term!) there will be no hole.

The ear flaps are a little bit smaller then I wanted but I didn’t take into account that ribbed is usually smaller then ss.

*Whenever I get frustrated with a project I toss it on the floor and declare it’s break time. How adult of me, eh?


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