I just started the hat called Topi from the current issue of Knitty.
It’s a top-down hat, you start by casting on 5 stitches and increasing every other round, essentially.
She recommends using a backwards loop cast-on for the increases… which I HATE because I have such a hard time knitting into that increase stitch on the next row!
I tried doing a bar increase and that didn’t go so well. I guess since I’m increasing so often.
Anyway… can anyone recommend an alternative? Can I do knit in the front and back of the stitch for my increases? Or, if I use the backwards loop cast-on increase, can I knit into the back of the stitch in the next row?