Nov 14, 2014

Snowman Hat Pattern

Snowman hat final

We are bringing you a new feature to our blog! Every second Friday of the month, we will feature a design by one of our customers. We will start off this tradition with a new pattern by Kathy McGuire. Kathy created a lovely Snowman Hat that every child will love. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. To contact Kathy, please email her at this link

 

Knitting loom: KB All-in-One loom set up with two sliders.

Yarn:  Approximately 50 yards each of worsted weight in red, green and white.  Approximately one yard each of black and orange.

Notions: knitting tool, row counter, crochet hook, tapestry needle and  (optional) pompom maker

Gauge: 4 stitches and  6 rows per inch in stitch pattern.

Abbreviations:

CO: cast on

EW: E wrap

P: purl stitch

St(s): stitches

Rnd(s): round

Rep: repeat

BO: Bind off

Pattern Notes:

This pattern is worked in the round.

In this pattern, after round 46, you will begin decreasing stitches to form the taper of the hat.  With each decrease, you will move the stitches on the four corners in one peg.  After moving the stitches, you will then move both sliders in one peg, in line with the pegs that have two stitches.

This pattern can will fit a toddler/young child. It can be made larger by increasing the number of pegs per side. However, if more pegs are used, be sure to use an odd number on each side and begin casting on using the middle peg. For example, the pattern as written calls for using 23 pegs per side with cast-on beginning at peg 12. If you increase to say, 25 pegs, then you would cast on starting at peg 13. Also, for every two pegs you increase, you will have one more taper to do at the top.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Set knitting loom to work 46 pegs in the round, with sliders at both ends.  Place a stitch marker on peg 12 – you will begin the CO on this peg.  This is important for the tapering to work out.

Beginning at peg 12, EW CO all 46 pegs

Rnd 1-4 : *EW using red yarn

Rnd 5-8:  Without cutting red yarn, EW using green yarn*

Rnds 9-16: Rep from * to*

Rnd 17-20: EW using red yarn.  Cut red yarn leaving about a 6″ tail

Forming the brim: bring the CO loops up through the center of loom. Lining up the loops, place one loop on each peg.  You will now have two loops on each peg.  Lift bottom loop on each peg over the top loop.

Rnd 21-34:  EW using white yarn.  Cut white yarn leaving about a 6″ tail

For the remaining Rounds, you will be knitting alternate rows of red and green.   Carry yarn to the inside of loom when not using.  Do not cut.

Rnd 35-42: Using red yarn, make four sets of garter stitch (alternating rows of EW and P).

Rnd 43-46:  EW using green yarn.  Do not cut yarn.

Rnd 47:  *Move the St(s) from each corner peg in one peg.  (For example, in this round you will move peg 1 to peg 2; peg 23 to peg 22; peg 29 to peg 30 and peg 41 to peg 40).   Move the sliders in one peg to line up with pegs that have two St(s).  EW using red yarn, turning pegs with two loops as one.

Rnd 48-50: EW using red yarn.

Rnd 51:  Move the St(s) from each corner peg in one peg and line up sliders.  EW using green yarn,  turning  pegs with two loops as one.

Rnd 52-54: EW using green yarn.*

Rnd 55-86: Rep from * to *.

Rnd 87-90: Rep Rnd(s) 47-50

Cut both yarns leaving a 12″ tail

Using both yarns held together as one, BO using drawstring bind off.  Remove hat from loom  and drop the yarn tails inside the opening at top of hat.  Turn hat inside out and close top by pulling on the yarn tails.  Cut yarn tails to about 5″.  Weave in all ends. Turn hat right side out.

Make a pom pom and attach to top of hat.

(Optional) Using a length of white yarn, make three (or more) “snowflakes” on front of snowmans “hat” (the garter ridges).

Eyes:  Make a chain of 25 stitches using black yarn and crochet hook, leaving 6″ tail at beginning and end of chain.  Coil up the chain and stitch together using the yarn tails then stitch eyes onto hat.

Nose:  Using either bulky weight or two strands held together as one of orange worsted weight, form a short i-cord using three pegs of the loom.  Bind off.  Slightly stretch the i-cord so that the bind off edge is wider than the other end and attach to hat.

 

 

5 Comments

  • This is sooo cute! I may even make this as a toliet tissue holder. Will look adorable in our bathroom for Christmas. Thank You.

  • Oh soo cute! Any child would love this hat. Thanks for sharing your pattern.

  • I want to make this for myself!! I have Bern wanting to make myself a snowman hat and scarf set but haven’t taken the time to do so. Now I see this one and I love it. How do I make it to fit an adult???

  • Kathy, has added a little blurb about making the hat bigger, it is in the pattern notes.

  • Thanks! I am also happy to help if you have any other questions or you need clarification on any part of the pattern.

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Nov 10, 2014

Whimsical Loom Knits – November 2014

Miniature Knitted Poufs

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These charming miniature knitted poufs just might become an obsession, especially since there are two styles to choose from!  This scrap happy project will help you use up all of those lonely little remnants that are lurking about in your yarn collection.  So much fun to make – and even more fun deciding how to use all of the wonderful, colorful little poufs!

 

 

Materials:

Knitting Loom:  KB Sock Loom 2

Yarn:  Approximately 5 yards of a basic worsted weight yarn per pouf.  Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand was used in the samples.

Notions:  Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle

Finished Size:  Each knitted pouf is approximately 1.56” in diameter

Gauge:  Not essential for this project.

Special Techniques:

Drawstring Cast-On:  Step 1: Pass the working yarn in front of peg 1.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 2.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 3.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 4.  Continue weaving the working yarn in front of and behind the pegs until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.

Step 2:  Lay the working yarn against peg 1, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 2.  Lay the working yarn against peg 3, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 4.  Continue working in this manner until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.  Cast-on is now complete.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

Instructions:

Basic Pouf:  Prepare the loom to work over 16 pegs, in the round.  Choose a yarn color for the pouf.  Using the drawstring cast on method, cast on 16 stitches.  Work 12 rows using the u-wrap knit stitch.  Remove from the loom using the gathered bind off method.  Your knitted piece will look like this:

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Gently stretch the tube to help set the stitches in place.  Pull the yarn tail from the gathered bind off to close up one end of the tube.  Pull the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on to close up the other end of the tube.  Your pouf will look like this:

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Place your pointer finger on the gathered center from the drawstring cast on and your thumb on the gathered center from the gathered bind off.  Pinch to flatten the pouf.  Thread the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on through the tapestry needle.  Pull the yarn tail down through the gathered center and out through the bottom of the pouf.  Both yarn tails will now be at the bottom of the pouf.  Tie the yarn tails together, then weave in both ends.  Your finished pouf will look like this:

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Textured Pouf:  Prepare the loom to work over 16 pegs, in the round.  Choose a yarn color for the pouf.  Using the drawstring cast on method, cast on 16 stitches.  Work 12 rows in ribbing stitch:  *K2, P2, repeat from * to end of round.  Remove from the loom using the gathered bind off method.

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Gently stretch the tube to help set the stitches in place.  Pull the yarn tail from the gathered bind off to close up one end of the tube.  Pull the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on to close up the other end of the tube.  Your pouf will look like this:

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Place your pointer finger on the gathered center from the drawstring cast on and your thumb on the gathered center from the gathered bind off.  Pinch to flatten the pouf.  Thread the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on through the tapestry needle.  Pull the yarn tail down through the gathered center and out through the bottom of the pouf.  Both yarn tails will now be at the bottom of the pouf.  Tie the yarn tails together, then weave in both ends.  Your finished pouf will look like this:

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Now for the best part – deciding what to do with all of those darling little poufs!

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Have fun creating!

4 Comments

  • These are Supper Cute ! Put a button in the middle and sew one to a hat.
    Love it !
    denise

  • Those are just way too cute! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reminds me of crocheted “puffs” that you use to do and sew or crochet together to make afghans or vests,etc. how adorable! Imagination can go wild on this cute “poufs”! Thanks for the pattern.

  • Thank you for your comments, Denise, Barb, and Sue.

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