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Knifty Knitter question

I just got a Knifty Knitter and am stoked about whipping off some hats for last minute christmas gifts. I just finished my first adult hat - it only took me about 2 hours (pretty good seeing regular garter stitch with needles takes me forever). While it looks and fits like a hat, there are pretty large gaps/holes in between the rows of stitches. So when I put it on and the hat stretches, you can see hair through the gaps running all the way down the rows. The brim is fine as it is doubled over...but the rest of the hat likes cheap and drafty. (Hope that is understandable without having to post a picture.)

I thought I was using it correctly but now I am not sure. From other people's hat pictures, it doesn't appear that they have gaps. I used 2 strands of 4-ply yarn...is the secret to use thicker yarn? Am I not pulling tight enough? Did I just screw up?

Thanks and hope everyone has a terrific holiday season!

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wendy_w
Dec. 22nd, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
so far in using mine have noticed better results with the thicker lumpier yarns. I've had good results with the Red Heart Light and Lofty yarns for hats and scarves.
diablette
Dec. 23rd, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
Awesome - thanks for the tip!
liebschien
Dec. 22nd, 2005 02:14 am (UTC)
All the pictures I've seen of Knifty Knitter projects have that "cheap" gappy look to them so I think you are doing it right. But a way to improve it could be to do what I saw on a hat on The Gap website - sew some fleece to the inside of it:
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diablette
Dec. 23rd, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, I had briefly considered doing that...but then thought it could result in a disaster (I have never tried to sew on knit goods). It would make it snuggly warm though... :)
zillion_eyes
Jan. 19th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
would you mind posting a link or email me the pic of that hat? i put this entry in my memories and now the picture is gone. i remember loving it, but i can't remember what it looks like!
liebschien
Jan. 19th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
Sorry!
I cleaned out my photobucket pictures and the hat went in the trash.

But here is a description from memory: It was a beige knitted ski cap that looked like it was done on a knifty knitter. The top had a loopy pom-pom with sequins in it. There was a fleece lining sewn on the inside.
antirealitygirl
Dec. 22nd, 2005 03:01 am (UTC)
Definitely try it with thicker yarn, when I use wool-ease worsted weight, and double it up, I get perfect stitches with no gaps. My first hat was a single strand of fingering weight yarn(because at the time, I didn't know better), and it's very "see through". Try thicker yarn, and/or incorporate something fluffy and fuzzy to make the gaps less noticable. :)
diablette
Dec. 23rd, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion! I picked up some thicker yarn today and will try 2 strands of it...fingers crossed! :)
bluekittyorange
Dec. 22nd, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)
I ended up with exactly the same results on my first hat. The yarn needs to be really thick in order to not have the gaps.
diablette
Dec. 23rd, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
Hahaha - and did you go, 'boo - this sucks!' as well? Will definitely be trying it with the thicker yarn - thanks for your comment!
bluekittyorange
Dec. 23rd, 2005 03:33 am (UTC)
haha! Yes I did say "boo - this sucks"!!!
It is better with the thicker yarn, but to be honest its not the fabbo thing that I thought it would be. I am sort of tempted to return it and make one with closer pegs.
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diablette
Dec. 23rd, 2005 02:43 am (UTC)
Good to know that thicker yarn is the secret (and that it isn't due to me sucking)! I picked up some thicker stuff today and will give it a shot - thanks!!
hgflower
Dec. 22nd, 2005 10:06 am (UTC)
depending on the thickness, i use 3-4 strands at a time to not get gaps
diablette
Dec. 23rd, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, I wondered how using more than 2 strands would work out. I think I will try that with the 4-ply yarn I was using and see what kind of result I get. Thanks for the tip!
haughtywench
Dec. 22nd, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
The only yarn that I haven't had to double strand was 'Angel Glitz Sensations" at Joanns. It is a triple ply yarn however. I use the purple straight loom for some pretty cushy results.
diablette
Dec. 23rd, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
I don't have the purple loom (yet)...do you prefer that over the round ones?
gegenschein
Dec. 30th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)
Hi! I just bought the purple straight loom. I've never knitted before, and I'm having the same results as the person who made the original post -- large holes between the stitches. I guess they're stitches, anyway.

What do you personally do to keep everything looking tighter? Someone mentioned using 3-4 strands at a time not to get gaps. Do you do this? Sorry for so many questions, I'm just really excited to make a perfect looking scarf. :P
haughtywench
Dec. 31st, 2005 01:23 am (UTC)
I think the KK is just spaced too widely to make a very tight knit unless you double up or triple the strands. I suggest using a thicker or lumpy, bumpy yarn to add texture and wrapping tightly. Just try not to break the yarn!
haptotrope
Dec. 22nd, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
the pegs are really far apart -- so its like knitting on Huge needles... so either double up, and ply in a fuzzy yarn, use a thicker yarn, or make one (see a couple days back, where you can make a kk with a 2x4 some nails and a bit of sandpaper) or you can use skinny yarns, and exploit it, and make it a 'fashion' scarf/hat instead of a warm one.
diablette
Dec. 23rd, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
Hahah - yeah, looks like it would so easy to make...though not as easy as buying it was! :) Hahaha - I think I am much more of the 'exploiting' type anyway ("um yeah, my hat is suppose to look like this...haven't you been reading the fashion mags lately?? Come on - all the scarlets are sporting them!")
christine0701
Mar. 13th, 2008 08:55 am (UTC)
you can also wind your yarn 3 times, and then lift the bottom row over the top 2 (and then just wind another row, and do the bottom row over the top 2)...this makes for a tighter 'weave' ;)

personally, I like to use one strand regular yarn & one strand fun fur (a nice blue yarn with white fun fur looks REALLY nice)
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