I have been knitting about a week, so pardon any "obvious" questions I ask! LOL!
I am working on a Santa hat pattern from the Lion Brand website. I am finished and it didn't turn out right AT ALL! I am pretty sure that I know where I went wrong, but I just want to double check with people that have a clue about what is going on. Sorry in advance for my wordiness! Here is what the pattern said:
With MC, cast on 26 (46, 50) sts. Work in St st until piece measures 1 (4, 5) inches from beg. Dec 1 st each end every RS row until 2 sts remain. Break yarn, leaving a long tail to sew seam. Draw through remaining 2 sts, pull tightly, and fasten securely.
Divide CC into 3 equal balls. With 3 strands of CC held tog and RS facing, pick up and knit 26 (46, 50) sts along cast on edge of Hat. Knit 6 rows. Bind off all sts loosely. Sew Hat seam.
I started off fine. When I reached the four inch point I started to do garter stitch. Is that right? It says to do Stockinette for 4", but then doesn't tell you how to continue- is that normal in a pattern? If it doesn't say then do you assume garter stitch? The decreases then- I decreased one stitch at each end of my knit lines while doing the stockinette area for a total of two decreases every other line- one at the beginning and one at the end. Is that correct? Now I am fairly positive this is where I went the wrongest- when I started garter stitching after the 4" section then I started to decrease at the beginning and end of each line thinking that they were all right side.
Also, for the cuff- wouldn't it be easier to just start with the cuff and change threads? Or should I do the cuff separately and sew it on later. I don't really understand how to use the original cast on to start the cuff. Maybe I am confused about this also?
So tell me- where did I butcher this pattern? I guess I needed more detail in the pattern, are some patterns more detailed then others or is this type easy beginner pattern the norm?
Thanks for any help!