# UGH, Help w/ Mielke's basic hat pattern

Hi all,

I’m having a bit of an issue w/ the formula for this supposed basic pattern LOL!

Here’s the URL: http://www.mielkesfarm.com/bsic_hat.htm

I’ve done the stockinette sample and came up with “A” = 5 (sts to the in.)

Measurement is 21". So for loose fit -1 , B = 20

Ok got that much LOL!

K, multiply 20x5, C= 100 ok got it!

Next says to add/subtract a little from C (100) until it is divisible by 10 …which it already is. So I leave it alone, right??

Then says to add/subtract a little from C (100) and D (100?) gives you E…which ends up being “0”. Hmmm??? :?? Does this sound correct??

Says to cast on D stitches = 100. Later after the ribbing working in St st, increase/decrease E which is “0”, so that I have C sts on the needle which is also 100.

Also a question about the decreasing…ugh…
Here’s what it says:

*If your number of cast on stitches (“D”) is divisible by 9, start your decreases for the top of the hat with K7, k2tog…; if by 8, start the decreases with k6, k2 tog…; if by 7, start dec by k5…etc. NOTE: “D” also needs to be divisible by 4 for k2. p2 ribbing, or by 2 for k1,p1 ribbing. If necessary, cast on a stitch or two more or less than what is needed to make the top decreases work out, and increase or decrease to that number of stitches once you have knitted the ribbing.

If I’m correct w/ my CO sts (D) being 100. Then it would be divisible by 5. So, if divisible by 5, do I start my decreases at the top of the hat with k3, k2tog…??

So then would it be:

K3, k2tog around
K2 rounds even
K2, k2tog around
K2 rounds even
K1, k2tog around

Since I basically get down to a “K1, k2tog” last round for the next part which says:

Continue in this manner. When you get down to around half of “D”, dec every rnd.

If what I anticipated D to be which is 100. When I get down to 50 when I dec every rnd. Do I just k2tog, k2tog, etc. all the way around??

LOL!!! UGh, maybe I should find a MORE BASIC pattern lol this one’s not B-A-S-I-C enough for me…

KNITBIT

I think I would just find a new pattern. That’s too much math for me. :??

Don’t start you decrease with k3, 2tog.

k2tog at the beginning of the round so you now have 99 stitches on your needle. Count that stitch as your first of 7 and do the decrease for the ‘divisible by 9’–k7, k2tog all the way around, then it would be k6, k2tog, etc.

Thanks Ingrid!! :happydance: That makes PERFECT sense! WHEW! LOL!

I looked at the pattern again and re-worked it with 99 sts for “D” (CO) instead of 100.

So when I get to the increases/decreases:

## After the ribbing, working in stockinette stitch, increase or decrease “E” so that you have “C” stitches on the needle. [b]

I would increase E, by 1 st. (C= 100 minus D= 99)
Then continue how you said to do the decreases since 99 is divisible by 9.

OR

Should I leave it like I orginally said CO 100 (D) , but then I’d be left with 0. K2tog at beginning of round to 99 then continue from there…

See previous post.
How would u do it? :rollseyes:

Thanks alot!
KNITBIT

Personally, I would cast 100 with a needle a size or two smaller than the main part of the hat, do k1p1 ribbing all the way around, switch to a larger needle for the top. I’d decrease 1 on the first round of st st, work on 99 st for the rest of the hat and do the ‘divisible by 9’ decrease.

I am at this moment (except that I’m eating lunch) making a hat in these exact numbers.

How would you do the last part that states…

## NOTE: “D” also needs to be divisible by 4 for k2. p2 ribbing, or by 2 for k1,p1 ribbing. If necessary, cast on a stitch or two more or less than what is needed to make the top decreases work out, and increase or decrease to that number of stitches once you have knitted the ribbing. [b]

If it’s supposed to be divisible by 99. :shock: For either the k2, p2 = 4 sts…or the k1, p1 = 2sts…How would u make that come out correctly?? (being they’re even numbers). If you can …can u explain it both ways?

KNITBIT[/b]

If you cast on 100, it’s divisible by both 2 and 4. Just decrease to 99 on the first row and you’re set for the rest of the hat.

Thanks!!! :cheering:

I’m gonna do that then. :::crossing fingers::: things go ok.

KNITBIT

I made this hat and CO 100 stitches. I just followed the pattern and it seemed to work out fine. I just made the ribbing longer so it would fold up.

Very nice Jan!! LOL! That’s the same exact yarn, and color I’m using. Hehe!! It’s going to be for my daughter.

We’re going to be going to my brother’s house today and I wanted to be sure I understood the pattern so I can knit on the way. It’s an hr. drive.

Hopefully I’ll be able to get alot done…well lol some at least… :lol:

KNITBIT