I am really enjoying dropping knitted stitches for that lovely braided effect.
You may have seen my previous post with the dropped and found wrap, I used the very same technique to make a head band and a hat!
Woo Hoo, I'm rockin with the knitting in between caring for my grand kids.
The head band was a no brainer as it was just straight knitting with the garter stitch, I dropped the middle 3 stitches, then braided them with the crochet hook, sewed the ends together and it was perfect!
The hat was more intense, I had to plan it out from beginning to end.
I decided on 4 sets of the dropped st to work evenly around the hat, I knew I had to make the hat on straight needles, I chose to make a baby sized hat and allowed for extra st's that would eventually be dropped.
The 3x3 ribbed edge was the perfect way to begin and I love the look of the braid against the garter stitch.
My original plan was to take the braid all the way to the top of the hat and I was on my way there until I realized that the decreasing would interfere with the dropping of the stitches!
I still believe that the braid can be taken all the way to the top by making the correct calculations
I was not quite sure what the bottom of the band would look like and I was prepared to make adjustments, but once it all came together it looked great!
Then it was onto the finish, decreasing for the crown and sewing it together.
What do you think?
I love it and it will fit my youngest grandchild called Myles who is 3 months old.
I hope you have found my knitted drop stitch informative and that you may be able to use some of this information for your self.