I am very new to knitting, but I found this pattern and would like to make this hat for my teenaged daughter who has trichotillomania.
I have not worked with patterns before and I am having difficulty figuring this out.
The complete pattern can be seen here:
but I am just trying to get through one part at a time.
[Knitty’s list of standard abbreviations can be found here]
2 X 2 rib
Row 1 [RS]: K3, [p2, k2] to last st, k1.
Row 2 [WS]: P3, [k2, p2] to last st, p1.
28 sts/22 rows = 4 inches in 2x2 rib (unstretched)
Using straight needles or one set of circulars, cast on 96 sts.
Work in 2 x 2 rib until the piece is as long as the distance between the bottom of your chin, and your eyebrow (about 6.5"), ending with a WS row.
NOTE: The extra stitches along the edge of the work will balance the width of the first and last ribs. Later on, when the bangs are added, these stitches will become parts of purl ribs.
If more length in the main body of the wig is desired, work more rows at this point.
Next row [RS]: work as before, but slip the first and last stitch.
With RS facing and using backward loop cast on, loosely CO 32 sts. The backward loop cast on allows for plenty of stretch.
Div sts onto DPNs or circulars and join to work in the round with the RS of the wig facing out, being careful not to twist stitches. The first stitch will be a p; follow rib pattern after that.
Work in 2x2 rib for 10 rows.
NOTE: The extra stitches that were at the beginning and end of the work up to this point become parts of purl ribs where the bangs join - see diagram A below for example
So here is what I get from this–
First I cast on 96 stitches.
Then I knit 3 stitches.
Then purl 2, knit 2 until I reach the last stitch which will be a knit stitch.
On the next row, I purl 3 to start, then knit 2, purl 2 until the last stitch which will be a purl.
I continue on in this pattern until I reach the desire length, making sure that the last row is the one that starts and ends with a purl stitch.
[color=red]On the next row I slip 1 stitch, then knit 2, purl 3 until I reach the last stitch which I slip—right?
I think I understand so far, but then I get completely confused
Am I casting on to the end of the piece I just made? I think so.
Then “join to work in the round”.
I haven’t worked in the round before. Is there anything I need to be aware of, or will this become obvious when I get there?
That’s it for now, but I am sure I will be back when I get further into this project.