Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Friend of the Forest Hood

Friend of the Forest Hood
Size Medium

This particular design represents a perfect confluence of events; first, I got a request for a hooded cowl with a rounded crown, and then I found this rather spectacular alpaca yarn in the sale bin at my local yarn shop and knew that it would be perfect for the job. And if that isn't delightful enough, I also played a harrowing game of yarn chicken and managed to finish this medium size hood with just two skeins of the yarn. As you'll notice, however, I recommend a bit extra if you're making this size - unless, of course, you like to live as dangerously as I do. ;)

Sizes: Small (Medium; Large) (Small is perfect for toddlers & young children; medium for large children, teens, and small adults; large for large adults or simply a fuller-fitting hood)

Yarn: Lana Grossa Alta Moda Alpaca (90% Alpaca, 5% Virgin Wool, 5% Polyamide; 153 yards [140 meters]/50 grams); #035 Lime Sherbet - 2 skeins (3 skeins; 3 skeins)

A better look at the back finish.
Short rows give it a nice rounded seam.
Needles: one 16" circular needle in size US 9, one set of double pointed needles (dpns) in size US 9 for three needle bind off (you can also use regular straight needles and your circular needle for your third)

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker

Gauge: 18 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette

So let's make a hood thingy thing! And let's start by casting on 96 (108; 120) stitches loosely, placing marker, and joining it in the round. Next, purl four rows around as edging. And once that's done, knit until knit section measures roughly 4" (4.5"; 5"). Then we'll work a few transition rows, as follows:

Transition Row 1: * k10, k2tog; rep from * (88; 99; 110 stitches)

Transition Row 2: knit

Transition Row 3: * k9, k2tog * (80; 90; 100 stitches)


Transition Row 4: knit

Knit transition rows 1 - 4. At this point, you're going to stop knitting in the round, and instead knit back and forth from the stitch marker (you're still going to need your circular needle to do this, however, since otherwise you'll rip your work apart at the break). Anyway, so we'll continue like so:

Row 1 (wrong side): k1, purl until you have 1 stitch left in row, k1

Row 2: knit

Knit rows 1 & 2 until piece measures 6" (7"; 8") from where you started knitting back and forth and you've just finished a wrong side row. Now we'll begin working short rows to shape the crown of the hat (here's a short row technique refresher if you need one). Since I run my own website and don't risk running out of space, I've given the short row directions for each size separately. So find your size below and work as given!

Size Small

Short Row 1 (right side): k39, wrap and turn (w&t)

Short Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, & 20: purl until you have 1 stitch left in row, k1

Short Row 3: k38, w&t

Short Row 5: k37, w&t

Short Row 7: k36, w&t

Short Row 9: k34, w&t

Short Row 11: k32, w&t


Short Row 13: k30, w&t

Short Row 15: k28, w&t

Short Row 17: k26, w&t

Short Row 19: k24, w&t

Short Row 21: knit (not actually a short row!)

Short Row 22: k1, p38, w&t

Short Rows 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, & 39, & 41: knit until end of row

Short Row 24: k1, p37, w&t

Short Row 26: k1, p36, w&t

Short Row 28: k1, p35, w&t

Short Row 30: k1, p33, w&t

Short Row 32: k1, p31, w&t

Short Row 34: k1, p29, w&t

Short Row 36: k1, p27, w&t

Short Row 38: k1, p25, w&t

Short Row 40: k1, p23, w&t

Short Row 42:
k1, purl until 1 stitch left in row, k1 (not actually a short row!)

Size Medium

Short Row 1 (right side): k44, wrap and turn (w&t)


Short Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, & 22: purl until you have 1 stitch left in row, k1
 
Short Row 3: k43, w&t

Short Row 5: k42, w&t

Short Row 7: k41, w&t

Short Row 9: k40, w&t

Short Row 11: k38, w&t

Short Row 13: k36, w&t

Short Row 15: k34, w&t

Short Row 17: k32, w&t

Short Row 19: k30, w&t

Short Row 21: k28, w&t

Short Row 23: knit (not actually a short row!)

Short Row 24: k1, p43, w&t


Short Rows 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, & 43, & 45: knit until end of row


Short Row 26: k1, p42, w&t

Short Row 28: k1, p41, w&t
 

Short Row 30: k1, p40, w&t

Short Row 32: k1, p39, w&t

Short Row 34: k1, p37, w&t

Short Row 36: k1, p35, w&t

Short Row 38: k1, p33, w&t

Short Row 40: k1, p31, w&t

Short Row 42: k1, p29, w&t

Short Row 44: k1, p27, w&t
 
Short Row 46: k1, purl until 1 stitch left in row, k1 (not actually a short row!)

Size Large


Short Row 1 (right side): k49, wrap and turn (w&t)


Short Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, & 24: purl until you have 1 stitch left in row, k1

Short Row 3: k48, w&t

Short Row 5: k47, w&t

Short Row 7: k46, w&t

Short Row 9: k45, w&t

Short Row 11: k44, w&t

Short Row 13: k42, w&t

Short Row 15: k40, w&t

Short Row 17: k38, w&t

Short Row 19: k36, w&t

Short Row 21: k34, w&t

Short Row 23: k32, w&t

Short Row 25: knit (not actually a short row!)

Short Row 26: k1, p48, w&t

Short Rows 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, & 49: knit

Short Row 28: k1, p47, w&t

Short Row 30: k1, p46, w&t

Short Row 32: k1, p45, w&t

Short Row 34: k1, p44, w&t

Short Row 36: k1, p43, w&t

Short Row 38: k1, p41, w&t

Short Row 40: k1, p39, w&t

Short Row 42: k1, p37, w&t

Short Row 44: k1, p35, w&t

Short Row 46: k1, p33, w&t

Short Row 48: k1, p31, w&t

Short Row 50: k1, purl until 1 stitch left in row, k1 (not actually a short row!)

Complete the short rows given for your size. You have now worked both sides of your crown and are ready to seam the top. Therefore, divide your stitches evenly between two dpns and use third dpn to work three needle bind off to seam hood (you can also bind off regularly and seam, or of course use other needles besides dpns to complete it - I just like them because I don't have to worry which end I insert them through for the bind off!). Finally, using your circular needle again, pick up 86 (96; 110) evenly along face hole (in case any of you are as lazy about this stuff as me: the evenly part is important! Place stitch markers or something to keep your sections even if you need to in order to keep track!). Knit four rows around and bind off loosely. Tuck in ends and block hood, allowing both edgings (at the bottom of the hood and around the face) to curl naturally. And that, friends, is how you make this hood!

82 comments:

  1. Thanks! This is a very cool design.

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    1. I'm glad you like it! I went for basic but elegant... and it was very much inspired by the color of the yarn! :)

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    3. Hi there!

      After you complete the transition rows you're either going to have 80, 90, or 100 stitches. That means you'll knit 1, purl 78 (or 88, or 98), and then knit 1 again. Let me know if you have any more questions! :)

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    4. Dahhhhh... I got it now, appreciate the tip. I'm looking so forward to finishing my hoodie. I havetwo colors, solid apple green then a multi. blk. Gry, lav.and green.Or shou. I stay solud

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    5. I Just shaved my head. I started out for a large.my head messures 21 &5/8 inches, and 23& 7/8 inches from top ofhead to under chin. Can you sugg.how I can adpt to have,a little more fitting head part of hoodie.

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    6. Hi again!

      Based on your measurements and your photos, I would suggest simply transitioning the hood (that you've started as a large) down to the medium size by adding two more transition rows once you finish the first four, as follows:

      Transition Row 5: * k8, k2tog * (90 stitches)

      Transition Row 6: knit

      Then you can follow the medium size instructions from there! I think that should be a pretty good fit, although if you want to be *extra* precise you can measure your row gauge (like, how many rows make 4 inches). The short rows at the top will add 23 rows to your pattern, so you can figure out EXACTLY how much you want to knit before you work the short row portion with that information! :)

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    7. You are so wonderful to help me, thank you very much

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    8. You are so wonderful to help me, thank you very much

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  2. I love the design. How would it look worn as a cowl and pulled up when needed?

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    1. I was going to take pictures that way but then forgot (and didn't want to re-brush my mannequin's wig to put the hood back on - my husband made lots of fun of me the first time). However, it looks great that way, and I'll try to get another picture up tomorrow!!! :)

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    2. Okay photos are up! :) Hope that helps!!!

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    1. Of course you can! I chose to seam rather than graft because I was worried the crown stitches might poke out a bit, but I didn't try so I could be wrong! :)

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    2. a Russian lacemaker's join would be my choice.
      Julie in San Diego

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  4. Thanks a lot for the great and very detailed pattern.I wanted to make this for a long time,cant wait to start.Will finish the face part with some fur.All the best and thanks agin.

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    1. Ooh, love the idea of the fur! Good luck and let me know if you have any questions! :)

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  5. hi I am old and never have done a hood. I started the short rows and realized I did not know how I was going to do the other side when I got to row 20 or is it 21. help please Vi

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    1. Hi there!

      I've had this same problem myself. :) Go ahead and check out this tutorial though, it should help: https://www.purlsoho.com/create/2008/06/18/short-rows/

      And let me know if you have any other questions!

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  6. Oh, I have to make one of these. It would niftily solve my problem of a cold neck during the winter. I will redesign it, though, to make it patterned. Thanks for posting this.

    Mary Fran Cherry (not Steve)

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    1. Yup, this is a good basic design for you to add pattern to! Good luck and let me know if you have any questions!!! :)

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  7. Thank you for this pattern. It is just what I was looking for. I haven't done short rows before but I will watch a couple of utube instructional videos. I like purl solo and also VeryPink.com. For help. Again thank you+
    Virginia

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    1. Glad you like it! :) And I apologize for the delayed response - somehow your comment got stuck in my spam filter!!!

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  8. This looks lovely. I have an assortment of yarns in my stash that would knit up beautifully into this. What weight is the yarn? I'm in the UK, so is it DK/Aran/chunky?
    Penny

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    1. Hi Penny!

      I tag all of my posts with the yarn weight (those tags show up between the bottom of the post and the comments). This particular one is aran! :)

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    2. Hello, the hood is enchanting! I'm also in the UK, so thank you for clarifying the wool type. I'm tied up with a work project this week, but I know what I'm doing next week! I also have just bought a massive amount of gorgeous aran wool in graphite... 😄

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    3. Ack! Easily one of the best colors!!! :) And let me know if you have any more questions!!!

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  9. Love this!! Such a cool take on a hat to keep warm....and when it's too warm you don't have to carry it!! Can't wait to knit this.

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    1. Yup, that's the idea exactly! And I'm glad you like the pattern - let me know if you have any questions! :)

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  10. Help! When you are turning and wrapping what's happening to the rest of the knitting? I'm struggling. Regards martine

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    1. Hi Martine!

      Did you check out this page for technique? https://www.purlsoho.com/create/2008/06/18/short-rows/

      I like it, for explanation. And if you did look at that and are still confused let me know more specifics and I'll try to help you out! :)

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    2. Awesome now I know what to do! What a magic hood girl well done on the design! Regards Martine.

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  11. I just finished knitting this and love how it turned out! Thanks for the great pattern.

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    1. Yay! That's something I always love to hear!!! Glad you're happy! :)

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  12. Hi Gretchen, Love this cowl! I want to make it for my sister-in-law. I've been looking for one that she'd like for ages. She has a couple of questions though. How large is the opening on the medium and the large cowl? Also, How long is the fabric between the bottom of the opening and the bottom edge? She doesn't want too much fabric to 'pool' when she pulls it back. Thank you for your help. Michelle

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    1. Hi Michelle!

      The opening on the medium cowl measures about 21" around; the opening on the large cowl measures about 24.5". And the fabric between the bottom of the opening and the bottom edge is about 5.5" in the medium and 6" in the large, although of course you can simply knit less if you prefer it! Hope that helps. :)

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  13. Thank you for this pattern. I tried making up a hood pattern myself but it kind of didn't work - bit rubbish, really. I will unrun my attempt and follow your pattern instead. Deborah

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    1. It happens! I had to rip this one out a few times before I got it right! Anyway, let me know if you have any questions!!! :)

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  14. I don't normally do hats or cowls, but this I like. It will probably work great for those days when I have to shovel snow or pop in and out of stores. I think I'll make this up in colorwork with to different yarns for some textured interest. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Glad to hear you like the pattern! It is, indeed, meant to be practical! :) Anyway, let me know if you have any questions!!!

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  15. Help! This is my 1st time doing short rows. I've checked out the link you provided on it.
    But I still don't get it.
    Row1: K44, then wrap & turn on the 45th stitch?
    Row 2: P43, K1
    Row 3: K43, and then what do I do with stitch 44 & 45(with the wrap)?
    Am I understanding the instructions correctly?

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    1. Hi there! First off, I understand: short rows can be confusing at first! Basically, there are two steps to doing them: first, you knit (or purl) as many stitches as you need, then you wrap the stitch just beyond those stitches so that you don't get a hole in your work. Which brings us to the second part: dealing with the wraps when you reach them again. Basically, you lift the wrapped parts onto your needle with the stitch that they wrap and then knit (or purl) the wrap and stitch together (you can see the instructional page for more details about how to lift them).

      In this particular pattern, you won't have to deal with any of the wraps until you're knitting all the way across at the end of each side of short rows, so you don't do anything with the wraps on row 3, since you won't even knit that far across.

      Does that help? :)

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  16. Hi. I don't understand row 25 for size L. Up until now the only way I've knit short rows is in socks by picking up one wrap per knit or purl row. In row 25, do I pick up all the wraps in one row or do I only knit the non-wrapped stitches and deal with the wraps only when I do the finishing seam/bind off?

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    1. Hi there!

      You're right that you don't knit up to the previous wraps while doing these short rows; however, on row 21 and row 42 you will work all the way across the row, and that's your chance to pick up your wraps! Let me know if you have any other questions. :)

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  17. I looked high and low for the perfect pattern and this is it! I just want to know how I would make adjustments if I used super bulky yarn? Or bulky

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    1. Hi there!

      Glad you like the pattern. :) Let me know what size you'd like to make and your specific gauge and I can help you with some modifications!

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  18. I love this pattern! But I'm beginner I wish you can find time to make video tutorial please? Thank you!

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    1. I'm glad to hear you like the pattern! And if I ever do find time to make a video tutorial specifically for this one, you'll be the first to know. In the meantime, however, you can find many good tutorials online that demonstrate all of the different aspects of this hat. If you have questions about a particular step, let me know and I can point you in the right direction. :)

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  19. Have you ever thought of felting this lovely hood? If it were made in the large size with perhaps slightly larger needles, then felting it for a dense, close fitting hood seems like it would work! Any suggestions? Thanks...

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    1. Hi Katie!

      Nope, I've never felted this pattern (I no longer have access to a top-load washer so I don't see much felting in my immediate future...). However, if it's something you're interested in, you should probably swatch and felt first (unfortunately! I'm sorry). If you send me the original swatch size (bigger the better - minimum 6" square, I would say, to get anything accurate) and then the post-felting dimensions I can help you modify the pattern for felting. :)

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  20. Love this one Gretchen. Perfect for the winter. How did I miss seeing this one before?????

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    1. I don't know, but I'm glad you're seeing it now! :) Glad you like it!!!

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  21. Hi Gretchen, beautiful pattern, but i have some problem to understand the instruction, this is my first time to do T & W...but now i learning by the videos in your tube...but i am confusing: i knit one size first and then the other size and joint it together...? please, help. thank you

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    1. Hi there!

      For the most part it sounds like you have it figured out; you will knit the short rows on one side and then the other and then seam the top. But since you've never done short rows before let me give you a few tips. :) First, then, a short row is any row that you don't work all the way across, but turn before you get to the end. And the w&t (or wrap and turn) is just one method you can use to prevent holes in your work when you turn it; there are others you can use if you prefer. If you google short row knitting you will find tons of information and you can use whichever technique you prefer; the only important thing is making the short rows with the same number of stitches as directed if you want the same rounded top. :)

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    2. Hi Gretchen, i have knit right size and them left size of W & T separated... but i did something wrong because it is too big, i work 10 w & t in each size...but the opening is too small and hood is too big...please, can you help me what i did wrong.? Sorry ...Thank you

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    3. Hi again! Is there any way you could email me a picture? ballstothewallsknits@gmail.com

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  22. gorgeous! thanks again for another great pattern

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    1. How am I just seeing this comment?!?! But it's better to say 'thank you' late than never, right? :)

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  23. A friend has been looking for something like this for quite awhile, but didn't like the look of a hood with a 'pointy' crown. I forwarded this link to her and - as if by magic - a lovely hand-painted Malabrigo has been acquired, and the project is already in her mum's queue. Thanks!

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    1. That's wonderful to hear! And you had me at 'Malabrigo'... :)

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  24. What's the advantage of knitting short rows rather than knitting all the way across, decreasing two stitches in the middle of each row?

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    1. Hi there! The short rows give it the rounded back while maintaining the width of the hood - if you decrease, it will get smaller and pull back from the forehead! :)

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  25. how do you go about picking stithes up along the face hole to knit? is there any tutorial you would recommend that might help me better visualize what to do at that point in the pattern? thank you!

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    1. Hi there!

      I poked around for a moment and I think this video has the most appropriate technique. Let me know if you have any other question!!! :)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9XQxUAvtMM

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  26. Lovely pattern........im going to do this with Cascade 220 as I have a couple of hanks of a light forest green........my question is.......where did you get the mannequin? I do fairs sometimes and I'd love to get one

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    1. Amazon! I forget what you have to search for exactly but I'd probably try "mannequin head" to start with and refine from there! I have a wig on this one, by the way, but you can also find some with hair painted on. :)

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  27. Can I use mohair yarn for this pattern?

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    1. I don't see any reason why not, as long as your gauge is right! :)

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  28. I’m a fairly new knitter, and I’m afraid I’m stuck. I’m in the two transition rows before you start the short rows. I only have one stitch marker on my project, and that’s where my round starts. After a couple of rows of each one and two, there’s a kind of a gap or notch where my stitch marker is. Have I already messed this up? Please help! Thank you.

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    1. Aaah! I'm looking back and forth and I'm afraid I don't quite know how to diagnose; first off, the transition rows should only be worked one time through, and then you should start on the two normal rows. If you're on those two the gap is normal -since you've stopped working in the round you will have a face hole form (or in other words a slit in the pattern). If I haven't gotten what you're saying at all though feel free to email a pic to ballstothewallsknits@gmail.com and I'll have another go! :)

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    2. I sent a pic to your email address. It is just a slit, or a small gap. I just worked back and forth from the one stitch marker I had on my project. Thank you so much! I love this pattern!

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    3. I took a look and everything looks perfect!!! That is indeed the hole for your face. :)

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  29. I just started the short rows. At the beginning of the short rows, are we just supposed to be working on one side of the face opening? Thank you so much!

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    1. Yes, first you work one half, then the other! :) Let me know if you have any other questions!!

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  30. I love this pattern, I use it as a reference every time I want to knit something with a hood and want a rounded crown. And thanks to your pattern I discovered how amazing and useful short rows are. Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern!

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    1. Oh, I'm so happy to hear that! :) And short rows are pretty amazing, too.

      Anyway, I'm glad I could provide you with such a valuable resource. Thanks for the kind note! :)

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  31. Can you tell me how I would adjust the pattern if I used a lighter worsted rather than an aran weight yarn? Thanks.

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  32. I should add I want to make a size medium.

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    1. I am certainly happy to make some suggestions, although I'll need the exact gauge of your yarn! :) You might also consider holding two strands of your desired yarn together; that might bring you closer to this gauge as well.

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