Why make hats in August?
I just completed 3 blogs on hats. In August, the hottest month of the year. Why would I blog about hats? Here’s 3 reasons.
Hats are popular crafts. They’re quick and easy, and not big projects like blankets and afghans. They don’t fill your lap up and you can carry them around easily. The looms are larger than I like, but in a canvas bag they work. Hats are great for gifts, for charity, and for your own use.
Fall is coming – and so is the holiday season. Hat’s will be useful then. Actually, I’ve been seeing them already as I go around town. I want to make some simple hat and scarf sets to leave around for people who find they need them. Also, I want to make a few sets for me. Last year was a big hat gift season for me so I might not make too many for holiday presents. But they are nice to have on hand.
I wanted to give some basic information on how to cast on. Hats were a great way to do that. I showed how to do 3 cast on stitches which will hopefully be useful.
Now I’ve done with hats. Next, I want to do a series on small projects for children. Stay tuned.
I wanted to make a hat with a flat top and an interesting pattern so I made hat number 3 with squares. It has a traditional e-wrap bottom but I did the pattern with u-wrap. You will need 2 colors of yarn, a 31 peg loom, loom hook and yarn needle.
Double e-wrap all the pegs in color 1.
Rounds 1-5: flat stitch (u-wrap) knit all around.
Rounds 6 – 10: You will use two colors, carrying one behind the other as you complete this pattern. Knit 6, pick up color 2 by attaching with a slip stitch to peg 7, knit 6, pick up color 1, knit 6, pick up color 2, knit 6 around, * pick up color 1, knit 6, pick up color 2, knit 6, repeat from * around.
Rounds 7 – 14 flat stitch knit in color 1.
Rounds 14 -19 repeat rounds 6 – 10.
Rounds 20 – 27 repeat rounds 14 – 19 in color 1.
Rounds 28 – 30 repeat rounds 6 – 8.
Rounds 31-32: repeat rounds 7 – 9 in color 1.
Round 33: purl around in color 1.
Rounds 34 – 38 : repeat rounds 14-19 in color 1.
Rounds 39 – 41 – repeat rounds 16 – 10. Change to color 1.
Round 42: knit 1 round. Cut long tail (at least 6 inches) pull thread through each stitch, lift all the stitches off, draw carefully closed. Use tail to sew hold closed. Weave in all threads.
My next blog will explain: why publish hat patterns in August?
This turned into a baby hat due to gauge. I used a 36 peg loom, just as I did on hat 1. But my stitches were tauter than the first hat. Thus it turned out to be about 6 ¼ inch high and 14 inches around. Perfect for a newborn, not a preemie. It might even work for a small toddler.
This had is simple, with a crochet cast on, u-wrap, color changes but nothing too complicated. If you're bored with basics but not ready for advanced, this is a good hat to try. You need 2 colors of yarn, the loom, loom hook, and yarn needle.
Wrap peg 1, then reached down into the loop for the working yarn, drawing it up onto peg 2. Reach down that loop and pull up the working yarn, placing it onto peg 3. This process goes as far as you want it – I finished the round to the end.
Round 1: Begin u-wrapping for the next level. This creates a crochet like bottom, with a base and two posts. It makes the bottom look lacy.
Rounds 2 -5 Knit 2, purl 1 around.
Rounds 6- 12 Flat stitch (using the u-wrap) around. Attach color B.
Rounds 13 -18: Flat stitch around. Attach color A.
Rounds 19 – 30: Fat stitch around. Attach color B.
Rounds 30 -31: Flat Stitch around. Cut long tail, pull through each stitch, then remove hat from pegs. Draw the stitches closed, turn inside out, sew over. Weave in all seams.
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