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Oct 8, 2011 11:36:15   #
Witmer 1930
 
I have knitted a beret and the band is too big or loose. Can anyone help me
 
Oct 8, 2011 11:37:22   #
Witmer 1930
 
Knitted a beret and the band is too loose. Can anyone help me
Oct 8, 2011 14:10:23   #
Loistec
 
Hi, you have some choices:

Rip it out and start over, casting on fewer stitches

Sew elastic inside the brim to make it fit better.

Attach a pretty button and loop to the brim to take up the excess and make it look like you planned it that way!

Don't despair, we all learn by our mistakes and sometimes mistakes are the beginning of creative design!
Oct 8, 2011 20:42:35   #
Witmer 1930
 
Witmer 1930 wrote:
Knitted a beret and the band is too loose. Can anyone help me
Oct 8, 2011 20:47:15   #
Witmer 1930
 
Loistec wrote:
Hi, you have some choices:

Rip it out and start over, casting on fewer stitches

Sew elastic inside the brim to make it fit better.

Attach a pretty button and loop to the brim to take up the excess and make it look like you planned it that way!

Don't despair, we all learn by our mistakes and sometimes mistakes are the beginning of creative design!
Oct 9, 2011 06:30:22   #
arealasset
 
I have had this problem on maany of the berets that I have knitted. I had to adjust the number of stitches. That worked.
 
Oct 9, 2011 07:15:39   #
mskathie2
 
I make a lot of hats and have found this elastic to be great in the heavier weight. You can match the color.
http://www.lydenent.com/thread-rainbow.htm
Oct 9, 2011 09:24:21   #
comebackknitter
 
I too had this problem. How would the elastic be applied?
Oct 9, 2011 10:19:00   #
mskathie2
 
With crochet this is easy, you just weave it in and crochet over it.
With knitting, a color match is the key. I have done it several different ways. With a ribbing, I usually weave through one side of the stitch only on the wrong side being sure it does not show on the right side. Usually it is done on the band before the beginning of the hat. Sometimes you have to do it more than once on the band. If your band is way too large, you will have gathers that will pull out when it is worn. You just work with the band. I have done it several different ways. Sometimes I am not satisfied and just start over. Fuzzy yarns make it a whole lot easier. In the final analysis, the color match makes it MUCH easier. Would be interested in any other ways people may have of doing this.
Oct 9, 2011 10:29:40   #
comebackknitter
 
Thanks, this is very helpful.
Oct 9, 2011 11:27:14   #
doittc
 
how would it work if you were to use elastic thread with your yarn when knitting the band
 
Oct 9, 2011 11:58:47   #
lannieb
 
There is a clear elastic thread that works wonderful. You don't have to worry about matching a color,and it is invisible (mostly) when you knit it in. Just carry it with your yarn when you are doing the ribbing or other types of bands that you want to be tight. I use it mostly with cotton yarn.
Most fabric stores have it, some LYS, and jewelry making stores have it also. I have also seen it online.
Oct 9, 2011 17:27:19   #
Bonidale
 
I did one and the final instruction was: "If the band is too loose, crochet an edging." So, that's what I did, I single-crocheted into two stitches, skipped a stitch and repeated all the way around. It fit fine. You can adapt to how tight you want it.
Witmer 1930 wrote:
Knitted a beret and the band is too loose. Can anyone help me
Oct 9, 2011 18:40:55   #
mskathie2
 
Funny this came up today as I was making a beret and it was a little large as it was a 2 x 2 rib and the yarn was bulky. So I did a combination and crocheted around it combining two stitches in one, and then I put elastic (matching) around the top of the band. The elastic defined the band, and the crochet gave it a nice edge.
Thanks for the hint on the crochet!!
Oct 13, 2011 14:59:32   #
e.ridenh
 
Witmer 1930 wrote:
I have knitted a beret and the band is too big or loose. Can anyone help me

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Describe the band, Witmer.......2 x 2 rib?

I'd snag a bodkin and thread in from the back using some elastic then stitch it down with doubled quilting thread or a strong thread........of unply the existing yarn into 1 or two plies and stitch with it........

If you can snake in a coordinating RIBBON, too that might just look nice with an inch in, inch under.......enhancing this design.......

I'd fiddle with a crochet hook, too and the existing yarn - need a pic, though.......

Good luck, eh?

Donna Rae 8-)
 
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