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As you’ve seen, I’ve been on a little meandering through 40’s styling. I went on Ravelry to see if I could find a hat that would go with some of the dresses I have to make.

I found some really beautiful ones and I recently finished one and wanted to share, not only the result of my efforts, but a couple of steps I needed help with along the way. Here’s the pattern from Ravelry in case you want to knit it up, too. I couldn’t love this hat any more than I already do.

You’ll notice the 20’s/30’s flair this hat brings.

The pattern has beautiful finished look photos but no in betweener photos. This pic above is what the hat looks like while you’re knitting the bow. You can see it’s worked flat. The directions for the bow got me confused. I asked a new knitter friend who luckily figured it out for me.

When the directions (Row 21) tell you to place two made stitches onto a holder, these are the stitches you’ll work later on the Bow Tab. When you go to put these two made stitches on the holder, you’ll notice you have 3 stitches. One of them is a pre-existing stitch. I figured I could just hold all 3 for later. Don’t. Just put on made stitch on the holder, knit 1, and put the second made stitch on the holder and make sure it stays on the right side of your work.

Here’s a close-up of the held stitches.

Now, when you’re making the bow, you’re working in short rows. The above picture shows the hat from the inside/or wrong side. What you’ll do is work the short rows for the first “fold” of the bow, then when you’re done with that fold, you’ll go to the wrong side of the work (first time you see this is on Row 28) and count horizontally down from the live stitch. On Row 28, for instance, you’re to count down “7 purl bumps” and purl them together with the live stitches. This means you’re picking them up and doing your basic P2tog. These purl bumps are the purl stitches. Does that make sense?

Now that I’ve made the hat, the directions seem very clear. In the moment, I was confused to no end.

The direction for PP2tog on page 2 suggest as a tip to pick up the correct number of purl stitches all at once to ease purling the live stitches with the picked up purl stitches. It does make it easier.

Row 28 says: P45 [50,55], PP2TOG 11[13,15], 7 purl bumps below….

What might help is to add that the PP2TOG 11[13,15] times, or stitches, or purl bumps, what have you, 7 purl bumps or stitches below the live stitches.

My attempt at showing you how I purl these live stitches with the picked up purl stitches/bumps. Unsuccessful, if you ask me. 🙂

The rest made enough sense for me to finish my hat. My lovely, lovely hat.

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