Ribbed Hat Mistake

I attempted to knit a ribbed scarf pattern for my boyfriend for Christmas but made a mistake in doing so… instead of doing a traditional ribbing pattern, I did k2p2 on the right side [B]AND[/B] the wrong side of the work (knitting the purl stitches and purling the knit stitches), causing it to be a different pattern.

This mistake was fine for the scarf and easy enough to get around, but now I am trying to knit him the matching hat pattern to go with it and am having some difficulties with the decreases to shape the crown. I was trying to keep with my original mistake so they would still be matching, but because I messed up the original pattern, using the decrease pattern in the instructions leave it with a weird, bumpy crown because the stitches are narrower than the original pattern.

Does anyone have any recommendations of a decrease pattern I could use for the hat? I am knitting in the round, still knitting the purl stitches and purling the knit stitches.


Can you post a picture? There’s a link in signature about appropriate sizes and how to.

Based on what i think you mean…There is no way to do it perfectly, but it seems to me that the best way in this case will be to decrease quickly rather than the slower rounder top. I’m thinking k2tog all the knit ribs, then on the next row p2tog all the purl stitches. Then if there aren’t too many stitches just thread the tail through and cinch it up. Make sure the hat is long enough if you try this because this type of method shortens it considerably.

I’ve attached some pictures I took… the first two are of the first hat I made, I tried to get it so you could see how the crown turned out lumpy… and the third picture is of the current hat I’m working on so you could see the way the pattern is turning out.

That is the pattern I used, more specifically, the pattern for the decreases is:

Rnd 45 (Decrease Rnd): *P2, k2tog; rep from * around
Rnd 46; *P2, k1; rep from * around.
Rnds 47-48: Rep Rnd 46, continuing in Stripe Sequence.
Rnd 49 (Decrease Rnd): *P2tog, k1; rep from * around
Rnd 50; *P1, k1; repeat from * around.
Rnd 51 (Decrease Rnd): *K2tog; rep from * around
Rnd 52: Knit.
Rnd 53 (Decrease Rnd): K2tog around.

But as you can see in my pictures… this made the top of the hat lumpy and with a misshapen crown.

Pretty hat!

Okay, don’t follow what I said before or it will be lumpy, too. A lot of hats are designed that way. The lumpy look is from decreasing too quickly most likely so you need to work more of the decreases with knit in between rows.

Did you alter the size at all?

Yes, and I think the k2p2 also contributes to the bumpy look. I like that but I can see that not everyone would. You could give up the pattern once you start the decreases and go to all knit stitches for the crown of the hat.