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n00b Hat, Part 4: Decreasing

How’s your hat going?  Mine’s looking pretty good, and I bet yours it too.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut, you’ve probably noticed, that this hat is a big flatty-flat piece of knitting.  And, I don’t know about you, but my head is not flat.  It is big and round, like a melon.

So, we probably need to make our hats a little more head-shaped.  We’ll do that by adding some “shaping” to our knitting.  Shaping is a generic term for using special stitches to give your knitting a 3D shape.  I’ll show you how to do a simple knit two together decrease (which is usually shortened to ‘k2tog’).

We’re going to do 8 k2togs across each knit row of the hat for the rest of the project.  Make sure you are working on a knit row, and start following along.

Knit 8 stitches regularly.  Then, get ready for a k2tog.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAk2togs are super easy to do.  It’s exactly like doing a knit, but instead of poking your right needle through a single stitch, you poke it through two stitches.  Like this:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen, wrap your yarn around the tip of your needle.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd pull your new stitch through both old stitches.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen drop the old stitches off your left-hand needle.  See how you’ve decreased the number of stitches by one?  (2 old stitches = 1 new stitch)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKeep working in the established pattern: Knit 8 stitches, then k2tog. Knit 8, k2tog, knit 8, k2tog, over and over.  You should end the row with a k2tog.

The next row is a purl row, so purl all stitches (don’t do any decreases).

The next row is a knit row, so you’ll do decreases again.  This time, knit 7 stitches, k2tog, knit 7 stitches, k2tog, etc.

Then purl a row.

Then work a knit/decrease row.  Knit 6, k2tog, knit 6, k2tog, etc.

Then purl a row.

Then do another knit/decrease row.  Knit 5, k2tog, knit 5, k2tog, etc.

Then purl a row.

See how the pattern goes?  All purl rows are worked like normal.  All knit rows include decreases.  Each time you do a decrease row, you knit 1 fewer stitch between each decrease.  (If you find yourself getting confused, make notes on a post-it to help you keep track of where you are.) If you keep working in this pattern, your decreases will end up lining up nicely.  Kind of pretty, right?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKeep going until you only have 8 stitches left on your needle, finishing with a knit row.   See how it actually kind of looks like a hat now?  Exciting!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANext week, Finishing your hat!

Sock Week: Gussett

Today we’re going to do the sock gusset.  I don’t know why, but I always feel like “gusset” is a vaguely dirty word.  I don’t know why though.  I  guess I’m just being weird.

Anyway, the sock gusset is the part of the foot right next to the heel.  To make the gusset, you’ll decrease two stitches every other row, until you’re back down to your Sock Number of stitches.  It’s super easy, and kind of fun watching your little decreases line up nicely.

So, remember how your needles were numbered last week?  Starting at the back of the heel/bottom of the foot, and working your way around in the knitting direction like this:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, needles 1 and 4 are the bottom of the foot, and needles 2 and 3 are the top of the foot.

See how there are approximately a billion stitches on needles 1 and 4?  And see how there are only stitches equal to 1/4 of your Sock Number on needles 2 and 3?  We want to decrease stitches on needles 1 and 4 until they have the same number of stitches as needles 2 and 3.  Does that make sense? (I can’t actually see your response, since this is the internet, but I’m going to assume you are nodding or at least giving me a blank look.)

OK, so here’s what we’re going to do:

Row 1: Knit to two stitches before the end of needle 1.  Knit these two stitches together (k2tog).  Knit needles 2 and 3 with no decreases.  On needle 4, slip, slip knit (ssk) to work the first two stitches together, then knit to the end of the row.  You will have decreased 2 stitches on this row.  If you need a reminder about the difference between k2tog and ssk, try this video.

Row 2: Knit even (no decreases).

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until all of your needles have the same number of stitches.  See how the decreases line up nicely, and make cool triangle-y shapes on both sides of your sock?  That’s your gusset.


Next time:  Instep (the stupid-easy part…. yay!)