Boy have I learnt a lot!

After unpicking my last Beanie attempt I worked through the night to complete the latest one. Little did I know what a big mistake this would be!

I have had some great advice on the Magic Loop method and how to tighten up my stitches. I really thought I had cracked it! How wrong I was. I now have a Beanie that looks like it came from the ConeHeads movie! On the plus side I have really tightened up my knit.

Check out the photos if you want a giggle.

On a serious note I am guessing that when I reduce the stitches I should do it in four places on the same row to allow for a more domed effect. Feel free to throw me some more tips.

You will all be sick of me by the end of this week :-)

Thanks again guys.


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Bill's picture

A NEW design!!!
...looks sort of "Smurf"...

mwkbloom's picture

Maybe "Revenge of the Coneheads" could become a handbell!

d_alienation's picture

I will never get why it's called "magic loop" knitting, there is nothing magical about it, it's all hard work. But it looks like you have come to good terms with it! It's looking great. And we all know somebody big-headed enough for a Conehead beanie.

Kenny's picture

How are you doing your decreases? I can't really tell, but are you decreasing EVERY round? It looks like your rate of decrease is too fast? I don't know, would like to hear what others think why it might become coned like that.

Thepook's picture

You're right, you have to do more sets of decreases in each round. For example: If I have 80 stitches, I separate them in to 10 groups of 8 stitches (knit 8 place marker around on last hat round). Then I knit to within 2 stitches of the marker and knit them together. For a shorter dome, do that on every round until you have 4 remaining stitches, cut a tail and pull through the 4 stitches to cinch closed. For a slightly taller dome, decrease every other round. Also, once you get down to 2 stitches between each marker, knit them together and remove the markers. That will give you 4 stitches on each needle. Knit 2 together all around and you'll have the last 4. Hope that helps. Send me a pm if I can help further.


correcttension's picture

It does look like an extremely neat decrease on every round in fairly thick wool; so you have an elegant isosceles triangle effect. You've certainly got the decrease technique down perfectly - it might just be a question of spacing them out every third round or so, and not decreasing in every single round. In the meantime, a big bobble may work wonders..... (but it might not give you the cool look you may be after!) Good luck!

TheKnittingMill's picture

You're stitches look really EVEN! The decreasing is an easy enough thing to fix, and I'm with Bill--sometimes the greatest accidents can come out of "mistakes." Kudos on your fervor!!!

transvibration's picture

Thankyou. I think the stitches are even because I stayed up knitting all night whilst listening to fast music - better than Red Bull!

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potterdc's picture

Hi Matthew,

Your post sent me to look up the pattern for the London Beanie, which I've made quite a few times over the past few years. Sure enough, the instructions have you decreasing in NINE places EVERY row - that brings the hat in very quickly, repelling any dome-headedness. Before decreasing, the beanie has 81 stitches, and is separated into nine sections for decreasing - just like Thepook said.

If you want to see the instructions, go here:


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transvibration's picture

Thanks for the tips and the pattern link!

What a great Beanie. I think this will be the next project as soon as I have cracked a one colour, one stitch Beanie.

I will keep you posted :-)

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The shape may not have worked as you wanted, but DEAR GOD are your stitches neat and precise. And who knows? Perhaps you'll start a trend for "Conehead Head Cozies".

transvibration's picture

Thanks! I suppose re-knitting something 3 times provides a lot of practice!

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transvibration's picture

Thanks for all the tips and encouragement guys. Very much appreciated!!

I guess I deserve a bit of a hard time with this project as I have not followed a pattern. Stubborn and impatient - that's me.

I am letting my 'Cone' rest for a bit whilst I decide what to do with it. In the meantime I have started using a lovely, chunky yarn with 10% Alpaca. I am going to go with reducing in four places and will post my progress. Hopefully all the tips I have will see me through to the end this time.

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