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Knitting FAQWhat size needles and yarn should I use?
What do you want to use? I like size 10 1/2 needles and two strands of blended acrylic. This combination gives me good colors, and ensures that the hats knit up fast. When I'm particularly lazy, I use a yarn called "Thick and Quick", which is huge. I'd search for the web page, but I'm sort of worried about the results that might show up. You should note that if I ever refer to a certain number of stitches, it's based on the above needles and yarn above.
How should I reduce stitches at the top of the hat?
Of course, you might not want these regular reductions. The Beret Toessel uses a more rapid reduction and then ties off at around 30 stitches This is good if you're not looking for a tight hat, but rather something that simply rests atop the head. You didn't hear it here, but try:
One final way to reduce is sort of a combination. It gives you a sort of form fitting, and rounds well to the head. Knit two together every seven stitches, then every six, etc. To keep the work from reducing too rapidly, knit a round in between reductions. I use this approach in the Homey Toessel.
How do I make ribbing?
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