Decreasing with stripes

Jordan's picture

Here's a question about decreasing while working with stripes.

I'm decreasing at the top of a hat, knit in the round, entirely in stocking stitch.  The hat is striped--4 rounds of each color.  The pattern calls for decreasing every-other row, sometimes SSK, and sometimes K2tog. 

My question: would it be better to decrease on rounds 1 and 3 of each stripe, or rounds 2 and 4?  Or does it matter?  I haven't tried it yet, but my guess it that decreasing on round 1 might look funky.  Whereas decreasing on round 4 might be okay.  Does anyone have experience with this?



Hello, Jordan.  Since you're working with a round hat, the type, placement and timing of the decreases is important to maintain.  While you follow the pattern, watch how the SSK slants the opposite direction from the K2TOG.  It's important to follow this series the way it's laid out in the pattern or it WILL look funky, especially since you're making stripes.  Of course, if you don't mind it looking like that you might make a whole new look to the hat and be creating a different hat altogether.  Ever read much Dr. Seuss?

JPaul's picture

It doesn't make any difference which alternate rows you knit them on, 1&3 or 2&4.  It's two stitches of the same color in the same row.  Do whichever you prefer.

 Jeff has a point regarding the decreases themselves.  They generally form a subtle line or pattern as they progress to the tip of the hat.  Sometimes they can be a gentle spiral, for instance, or just straight lines of decreases, but this line is seen as a textural element, not color, and it's dependent on the placement of decreases within a single row in relation to the decreases in previous rows.

So, if you place them in alternate rows, you color pattern won't be affected regardless of where they are located in the row.  If you change how many rows between sets of decreases, then you will start affecting the shape of the hat.

Jordan's picture

Thanks, SpeakPeace and JPaul, for the advice.  What I learned by going ahead and decreasing on 1 & 3 is that the slanted effect happens on the row below (in the old color).  And, that it really didn't matter to me either way!  For some reason I thought it would.  Thanks.