Monday, February 28, 2011

Everyday Beret

A few weeks ago a great pattern for the Everyday Beret  was posted and I had to give it a try.  I have been looking for a beret pattern, but haven't found any that I really liked, so was happy to find this free pattern.  

I have made this hat two times now.  I followed the instructions as written the first time, but used the green loom.   It fits more like a slouch hat and I really like that

When I made the hat the second time, I did not add the 4 rows of e-wrap after the brim.  I also made it normal hat size.  I used bulky yarn for the first time and am really happy with the way it turned out.  It looks small, but it fits great. 


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Cupcake Hat Pattern

This hat is super cute (if I do say so myself) and pretty easy to knit on the loom.  All you need is to know how to flat knit, purl, and e-wrap on the loom, a round loom, and the spool loom.

I used the Caron brand Simply Soft and I cast on using two strands as one on the green loom.

1.  I cast on with brown yarn for my cake color.  I used the basic e-wrap for this.  
2.  I knit with the purl2, knit2 pattern for 14 rows.  You can do this for as much or as little as you like depending on how big you want your cake/brim to be.

3.  Now I added the pink for the icing.  I cast on again with the basic e-wrap and knit over.  
4.  Knit two more rows with the e-wrap.
5.  On this row, knit2tog and wrap the empty peg with the yarn.  
6.  Knit 3 more rows with e-wrap.
7.  Bring up your first row of pink (or whatever color you are using for the icing) like you were making a brim for a hat.  

8.  Purl row
9. Knit row 
10.  Continue the pattern with rows 8 and 9 until the hat reaches your desired length.  
11.   Finish hat by taking it off the loom using the gather method.  

Now if you want to add the cherry this is how I made it:
1.  Cast on to the spool loom to the side with 5 pegs.  Use two strands of yarn as one.
2. Purl row
3. Knit row
4.Continue with row 2 and 3 for 6 more rows.  
5.  Use your needle and thread to take the yarn off the loom.  I just pulled down hard enough to tie the top and to help shape the yarn into a ball.  
6.  I made sure there was enough yarn hanging off the cherry, so that I could sew it to the top.  

Additional pictures of cupcake hats can be found here.

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Coming Soon - Cupcake Hat Pattern for Loom

Last night I started working on a cupcake hat pattern.  I've seen lots of patterns  for needles, but none for the loom.  I am just about finished with the hat.  I will post pictures and a pattern later today.  So, be sure and check back if you are interested.  :)


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Rib-It Hat

Have I mentioned how much I love RavelryI love how there are so many great patterns available for free and I love getting to see all the amazing creations that people have come up with.  

I found a great hat pattern there the other day and wanted to see if I could use the pattern on the loom.  Here is the link to the pattern Pro Bono that I used for my inspiration.  

I was not able to do exactly what the pattern says when it came to shaping the crown, so I just experimented.  I am happy with the hat and thought that I would post how I made this pattern work for me on the loom.  If you don't think the crown looks that great, you could just skip the shaping and just gather the top like normal. 

I used Caron brand Simply soft to make this hat.  I used the green round loom, the yellow long loom, and loom clips.

I used two strands of yarn as one and did the basic e-wrap to cast on all 36 pegs.
For about 8 inches I used the pattern knit2, purl2

Here is where I began decreasing to shape the crown:
1.  Ptog, k2 until the end of the round ( I really am not sure if I did the Ptog correctly or not. What I did was, I moved the first loop on the peg to the second peg, then used my yarn to purl, by bringing both loops off the peg).
2.  I then took the hat off the round loom and moved it to the yellow long loom, so that I could keep all the stitches together. 
3.  P1, k2 for 3 rounds
4. P1, K2tog to the end of the round
5. I again took the hat off of the loom and moved my stitches together, so there was no open spaces. 
6.  K all stitches for 2 rounds
7.  I added my loom clips and started decreasing until I had 9 pegs with loops.  
8.  Knit around again and then gather your hat.  

There may have been an easier way to shape the crown, but I really was not sure.  If anyone wants to comment on what they would have done differently, please do.  

Friday, February 11, 2011

I love making something and being happy with the finished creation.  I was very happy when I finished a hat I made today.  I loved the color, the design, and really everything about the hat.

I used a pattern I found on and tweaked the pattern somewhat to make it work on the loom.  I didn't have to do much, but still made some small changes.  The pattern can be found here.

I used the green loom and this made a very tight brim.  I love the way the brim looks, but will need to use the yellow loom next time or just use a brim that doesn't get turned up.  I only needed to make the pattern 3 times to finish the hat and did not do any kind of decrease when I finished it.  I just sewed up the top, so there was not an open hole.    

I am pretty sure my husband is going to want a hat with this pattern, so I will be making it again soon.  I plan to make some more changes now that I know how this pattern looks on the loom.  When I finish it I will make sure and post the pictures and tell you the other changes I make.  

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Spiral Headband/Earwarmer

I've been really into making headband/earwarmers this winter.  I have found a few patterns online, but none that I really love.  Yesterday I spent way too much time on Ravelry searching for new loom patterns and I finally found a pattern that I really liked.  The pattern though was for needles and I wanted to use my loom. 

This is the pattern for the Spiral-Rib HeadbandBecause the pattern is written to be made in the round it was easy to do on the loom.  I used the green loom and didn't have to do anything special to change the pattern. To finish it just use the super stretchy bind off.