I almost finished my scarf that I’ve been knitting so now Im out to make a hat and gloves to match. But the problem, I dont own circular needles yet. So I found a patten for a hat knit on straight needles, but it confuses me a bit. Could somebody please clarify it? :
With A, cast on 100 sts.
With A, work 12 rows in K1, p1 rib. Cut A. With B work 14 rows in rib. Cut B. With A work 1 row in rib.
Next Row: Continue in rib as established, work 25 sts, (place marker, work 25 sts) 3 times – 4 groups of 25 sts each with markers between groups.
Next Row: Continue in rib as established, dec 1 st at beg of row, dec 1 st before and after each marker, dec 1 st at end of row.
Rep last row until 12 sts remain. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining sts, gather tightly and fasten securely. With same tail, sew back seam.
Okay, so cast on 100 stitches with color A, knit 12 rows in that rib, do a color change, knit 14 more rows, do a color change, knit one row. Right?
But the second part is whats really confusing me. What color am I doing the groups of 25 stitches in? And, how does the whole marker thing work? I think I get the decreases, I would just knit 2 together, right? But then why do I not knit the last 12 stitches? Wouldnt that leave them open? And then am I supposed to seam up the whole hat with that one tail? And how am I fastening this tail securely? Its so confusing. Any help would be appreciated.