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Beginner's knitting problem - help please

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yaela123 Sat 04-Feb-17 09:13:08

I am quite new to knitting and this is my first attempted pattern (up till now I've kinda just made it up - scarves, blankets, etc.) so sorry if this seems like a stupid

The pattern is for a hat and it is meant to be in stockinette stitch (not garter). It says: (decreasing)

* K 10, K2tog* Repeat around. (88 stitches remaining)
Knit 1 round.
* K 9, K2tog* Repeat around. (80 stitches remaining)
Knit 1 round.

But shouldn't I have to purl every other round in stockinette? Wouldn't this make garter?

Anyone out there who could help me?

sooperdooper Sat 04-Feb-17 09:15:19

Are you knitting it in the round on double pointed needles? If so you just knit around smile

yaela123 Sat 04-Feb-17 09:18:25

It's on circular needles, then double pointed when it gets too small

NightWanderer Sat 04-Feb-17 09:26:20

You don't need to purl on circular needles as the same side is always facing you. With normal knitting you knit a row, turn the knitting over to do the next row, that's why you need to knit one row, purl the next row.

yaela123 Sat 04-Feb-17 09:32:02

Okay, thank you. This makes sense.

I'll try out a small sample before starting the actual pattern

tribpot Sat 04-Feb-17 09:43:43

Doing a small sample of knitting in the round is actually quite tricky - in fact a hat normally is a small sample, if you see what I mean! You can do a gauge swatch for a project knit in the round like this (basically, knit a row of stitches, then push them back up to the left hand needle again, leaving a long bit of yarn in the back so they don't pucker). All in all, I'd just crack on and see how you get on.

You don't have to switch to DPNs when the work gets small, although you might feel more comfortable doing that if the pattern has very clear instructions to do so. Have a look at magic loop. This is a bit tricky to do with a short circular needle, like a 40cm that you'd be using for a hat, so you'd want to switch over to a longer one.

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