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Knit August Nights 2017 planning

Knit August Nights is less than a week away and I'm feeling a tad disorganised. I've only just started my homework for the DYO Beanie class and haven't even begun gathering all of the things I need for the weekend. 
I did have a grand plan to figure out how to knit a really awesome cabled beanie. I got out a bunch of stitch dictionaries from the library, and hoped to find something that inspired me, but I haven't had much luck. So I'm going basic. I want to make the perfect 1x1 ribbed beanie, and find a way to make the shaping at the top look really professional. This is where I struggle with finding hat patterns I like - the decreases at the top always stand out a bit too much for me and I've been on the lookout for a solution - especially when ribbing is involved. Hopefully the class will have the answers!
I'm away with work for the next few nights, leaving my with a couple of evenings to knit, wash and dry swatches, decide on a project to take with me (…

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