# Hat help!

I am working on a brimmed hat using the popcorn stitch. I’m pretty new to knitting and this is the most challenging project I have tried. I am working on shaping the crown and the instructions read:
Row 1(RS)- P1 [sl 1, p4tog, psso, p15] 8 times, p1 (130sts). Work 3 rows.
Row 5- P1 [sl1, p4tog, psso, p11] 8 times, p1 (98sts). Work 3 rows.

I did row 1 and had 130 stitches at the end, but how can I work 3 more rows when doing this reduces the number of stitches each time?

I appreciate the help!

You’re to work 3 rows plain without the decreases, then on R 5 you decrease again and are left with 98 sts, then you do another 3 rows plain.

no, you do not need to come out with 130 each time. this is just the check up sum for the first row.
see, in 5 you only have 98 stitches left, after you are done with it.
So the decreases are just not specified in the individual rows.

Keep going with the stitch.

Okay, so I should follow the directions for Row 1 and then do three rows of just purling? The hat is a popcorn or bramble stitch pattern.

For the body of the hat the pattern was
Row 1: purl
Row 2: p1 *(k1, p1, k1) all into next st, p3tog; rep from * to last st, p1
Row 3: purl
Row 4: p1, *p3tog, (k1, p1, k1) all into next st; rep from * to last st, p1
I followed that pattern for 26 rows ending with row 2 of the pattern. Then I started the part I am struggling with.

So when it says work three rows which three rows should I work to keep the popcorn stitch the rest of the way through the hat as I am decreasing stitches?

do row 1 and then 3 more rows of that pattern. not just knit or purl.

I think the pattern is the same as raspberry stitch. one side of 3 into 3 // 3 tog and then other side of purl all.

WAIT, I just got it…

you work that row, then 3 rows of your pattern, then row 5.

because: if row 1 is on RS (I assume) then it just replaces the purl of your pattern.

because: row 1 ends on 130 stitches. Then row 5 decreases by another 32 stitches and your count comes out.

Do the 3 rows in the stitch pattern, not all purls or all knits or a combination. Then do Decrease R1, and rows 2, 3 and 4 in the Bramble stitch pattern, then decrease R 5. I think.