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[updated] I have an urge

I have an urge to knit an earflap hat using 4ply sock yarn and the double-knitting technique so that it is double thickness. Either that or just a beanie hat as a first attempt. I'd like to knit it top down so that I can decide how long to knit it as I go along and then decide whether to knit earflaps or not.

I can't work out how to start it though. The top/crown of a hat in double-knitting. A double-knit i-cord for a couple of rows then carry on from there? I can feel some experimentation coming on.

Any thoughts/ideas anyone? I can find a top-down earflap hat pattern (one free from Interweave recently) and numerous earflap and beanie hat patterns (in the same free pattern compilation, on Ravelry and else-web).

ETA (edited to add): I have an idea of how to start! Start the two 'layers' of hat separately knitting in the round to make two concave/convex circles and then, once they are both large enough (maybe 30 stitches each or so, starting with 3 or 6 stitches each and increasing 3 or 6 times every other round) I combine them to form the double-knitting, knitting the rest of the hat in the round (until the ear-flaps if I add them).



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marypcb
Jan. 21st, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
I'd do it the way I made my all-in-one valentine heart; if I could master provisional cast on I'd do that for a small number of stitches but I actually jsut do a normal cast on for a few stitches, knit along one row and then go round and pick the original stitches back up on a second needle and knit along them, making the sides for the heart or the round for the hat (I defined the edges by changing needles; you wouldn't need to)
natf
Jan. 23rd, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
Have ended up knitting this pattern (ravelry) in one layer and now am trying to decided whether to pick up another layer from the very beginning or the top of the 4" rib. So the end hat will be double layer (I will knt the second part inside out so that it forms a layer of knit-side stocking stitch inside the one layer of st st on the original hat and so look like / feel like double-knitting). I just could not get my head around doing double-knitting in the round and/or decreasing/increasing in double-knitting. ENOTCANHAZBRANEZ today.
natf
Jan. 26th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
The ravelry project (public):
http://ravel.me/natalieford/sh
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