# decreasing for a touque

Continuing the discussion from How to post your questions:

I am knitting a touque -got the pattern from freeknitting-Called Men’s Knit Pom Hat courtesy of bergeredefrance.com (hat is blue with green accent). I have 73 stitches on and am up to where I should be decreasing BUT the first row of decreasing is suppose to have 65 sts. remain but it is 63 and I believe the pattern is incorrect. They want me to K1, K 2 tog., K7, K 2 tog and continue to the end of the row. C
Can someone help me with this - it is a Xmas present for my son but I cannot figure this out. Thank you in advance. My email address is denby@shaw.ca.

Welcome to the forum!

The only way I can get this to work is to leave out the second k2tog. If you do the row as K1, (K 2 tog., K7) and repeat the directions in parentheses 8 times it takes 73sts to work and leaves you with 65sts. The further dec rows would be worked by replacing the k7 with k6, then k5 etc.

I would like to thank you so much for figuring this out for me – I couldn’t get my head around it.

Many thanks again

Ah, coming from a French source, repeats may be noted in this different way. Or could be author or translator preference?
It does mirrors a common method in maths notation for repeating decimal fractions.

I didn’t know that. Speaking of decimal fractions, I’ve just had terrific fun with the local kids and our jack o’lantern.

Happy Halloween everyone!

I contacted you yesterday re this touque and again thank you. I completed it last night and it worked out well. The only problem is it fits ME perfectly but I am a woman and don’t have a large head.

I would like to make one that would fit my husband and I calculated that if I cast on 81 stitches and carry on as you advised me except the first row would be K1 (K2tog( K8 instead of 7)

I am a beginner knitter so am wondering if this would make the hat too large for a man – and I imagine I would have to make it a bit longer – instead of working 25 rows – how many should I go if I am