Friday, February 24, 2012
Knitting Loom Hats: Tips For Beginners
My daughter received a set of knitting looms for Christmas. We finally sat down and figured out how to make some hats. I read online and watch a lot of videos to figure out how to make a good hat. Here are the things that were most helpful for us.
Videos: Part 1, Part 2
These videos are so great!! We made our hats almost exactly like she did, minus the pom pom. I really liked how she made the brim. That way you don't have that curled up edge to the hat.
Pattern: Website, Pattern
The part that I used most on this pattern was the sizing chart. On page 3 of the pattern, it tells you how long to knit before you make the brim and how long your hat should measure before you take it off the loom. Very helpful!
Tips from us:
After making about 10 hats, I have a few tips for you.
1- Knitting with two strands of yarn at the same time (just pretend it's one string) makes your hat thicker with less holes. It also grows faster, which means less knitting for you.
2- When knitting with 2 strands of yarn, making a youth hat, we would knit about 20 rows for the brim, then an additional 25 rows before we tied it off. I couldn't find a good pattern that would tell me how many rows to knit. The pattern that I linked to above tells you how long it should measure, which is a good guide too.
3- The 4 sizes of looms are infant, baby or small child, child to youth, and adult. I used the child/youth size to make hats for all 3 of my kids. I just made my youngest hat a little shorter than the others.
We love how our hats turned out! My 2 older kids and I worked together to make 7 hats that we will be donating to a homeless shelter. A great service project for us to do together.
Here a great out-take for you!
After watching THIS VIDEO (This is only part 1 of 3), Kaylee is now making a scarf! She is getting really good at changing colors without needing any help! It's going to turn out so cute!