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Date: 1/1/14 11:19 AM

I have a pattern that starts in the round but then goes to straight needles. I don't know how to do this. I tried just knitting it off onto the straight needle, but as it got to the end portions of the curve the round pulled everything so tight it wouldn't all go onto the straight needle. The directions just assumed you would know what to do.
Can anyone help? Here is the pattern I am attempting to make: Burton Bear Cowl

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Date: 1/1/14 11:29 AM

I'm not sure if I'm understanding quite what is happening, but if you are still knitting a circle but going to straight needles I imagine you need to be using a set of double pointed needles that use 4 at a time.

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Date: 1/1/14 11:50 AM

That is such a cute pattern. I am not sure what is going on either. Are you putting all the stitches onto a straight needle? If so then my guess would be to use 4 double pointed needles as that would allow you to reduce stitches and still knit in the round. Does the pattern list a set of double pointed needles as needed?

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Date: 1/1/14 11:59 AM

I'd be tempted to just use a circular needle of appropriate length and knit back and forth as if on straight needles...unless of course the directions really want you to be knitting in the round. I'm just lazy so I tend to use a circular needle unless there is no other option before going to knitting in the round from double pointed straight needles.

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Date: 1/1/14 2:32 PM

The more I think about it I did a sweater once that called for just that. The sleeve was knit in the round and you knit the larger diameter on round needles and then switched down to double pointed when you got closer to the cuff. Wierd design. Anyway, if that is the case you can continue using the round needles and just do a magic loop. Good luck!

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Date: 1/1/14 4:47 PM

I don't have this pattern, but on looking at the photos, I gather that the cowl is cast on and worked in the round for a while, and then maybe the whole thing is slipped off onto straight needles and worked as a giant rectangle for a foot or so. Then you fold the rectangle and sew or graft the ends together at the top to form a hood, leaving one edge open for the face?

455 people have made this up and discussed it at Ravelry, so you will probably find a number of other tips there.

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Date: 1/1/14 8:46 PM

Saw this on Ravelry for someone asking what I think is the same question:
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So, here’s my next question, it says after you’ve completed the decrease that you’re suppose to knit in rows. How are you suppose to do that if you’re in a circular needle in the middle of a round?

Pretend that you are now on straight needles and knit back and forth from one end to the other. You do this so that there is an opening for the face. If you kept going around in circles, you would create a tube instead.

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If you have a very long circular needle, you can probably knit the circle off to it more comfortably. If not, you could use DPNs until you get it off then knit from those onto a standard straight.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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Date: 1/2/14 2:15 AM

Hmm. Silly me thought you could just knit off the round onto the straight. I see this will take more research. I have no idea how to use double pointed anything, much less 4 of them! I didn't even know they had discussion of the project there. I was hoping it was more simple. Maybe I can figure out how to knit the back and forth on the round and not have to take it off. I will dig into this later today (middle of the night now.)

Yes, you do begin as a cowl in the round and then open it to a flat piece for the face. The crown is sewn along the top.

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Date: 1/2/14 3:44 AM

Do the instructions want you to put all the stitches onto the straight needle? If so and all you have to do is knit back and forth to complete the flat piece, it should be possible, as EleanorSews suggests, to simply knit back and forth on one circular needle.

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these photos showing a side view of the garment seem to indicate that maybe some of the front neck stitches are left in waiting on a holder or the original circular needle? I tried to find more pics of the construction of this thing, but was not successful.

Oh, wait: I looked at a lot of photos of this hat on Ravelry, and it appears that what I thought were stitches waiting on under the chin are actually some kind of flap you can add or not (but I suspect its job is to cover the place where the stitches are physically stretched when you change to a straight needle).


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Date: 1/2/14 4:57 AM

Since the pattern is copyrighted, you cannot quote the instructions here, but could you summarize what you are to do starting with the switch to straight needles? Could you possibly be missing a step somewhere?

If you cannot figure it out, perhaps you could write to the author. After all, you did pay good money for the pattern.

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