My frequent readers already know that I adore the color palettes and variations in Homespun yarn. When Lion Brand Yarns released a bulkier version of this line, I just had to try it! The latest version of this yarn, Homespun Thick and Quick, is great for using with Knifty Knitter looms.
Once I got my hands on a ball of Mixed Berries, I instantly knew what I wanted to make – a garter stitch hat. This is a great advanced project for loom knitters. You’ll learn a new technique for casting on to the loom as well as the garter stitch, which I adore. The resulting hat is as warm as it is darling. I can guarantee you’ll get compliments on it!
Another wonderful thing about this hat is that you’ll have enough yarn leftover to make a matching scarf or cowl. I recommend always knitting your hat first because it will require a specific amount of yarn. A scarf, on the other hand, can be as short or as long as you like. Enough about scarves. Let’s get back to this hat.
- Homespun Thick and Quick (1 ball)
- Knifty Knitter Green or Yellow Round Loom
- Knitting Tool
- Yarn Needle
To get this hat started, choose the right-sized Knifty Knitter loom for your recipient’s head. The green loom is a perfect size for my own hats, but I know some ladies with a lot of hair. For them, I generally use the yellow loom.
I didn’t want this hat to have a brim (our first departure from the standard Knifty Knitter instructions!), so I chose a cable casting on technique that would provide a structured edge. Isela Phelps provides a step-by-step, picture tutorial on her website for cable casting on. It starts on pg. 6 of the casting on pamphlet.
Once you’ve cast onto all the pegs, you should have two loops on each. Knit over each peg by picking up the bottom loop with your knitting tool and placing it up and over the peg.
Now you’re ready to master the garter stitch. It sounds much more complicated than it actually is. The garter stitch is made simply by alternating rounds of purl and knit stitches. Unlike the traditional, e-wrap stitches in the Knifty Knitter instructions, the purl and knit stitches are made individually instead of wrapping an entire round of pegs and then knitting them. Again I send you to Isela for step-by-step instructions on how to make both. The knit and purl stitch techniques begin on pg. 13.
Purl stitch 1 round on the loom. Knit stitch 1 round on the loom. Continue this pattern, creating the garter stitch, until your hat reaches between 8 and 9 in. in length.
To bind off the stitches, use the gather removal method, which is also the technique explained in the Knifty Knitter instructions.
Once you get the hang of the garter stitch, I think you’ll find it addictive. Plus your loom knitting projects will start to look less like everyone else’s and more like those of traditional knitters with needles. Happy loom knitting!