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Knitting a hat with a machine, part 1

Posted by Laura 25/10/2016 0 Comment(s) Knitting,
So I found this amazing hat made with a loom. I wanted to get one! So I decided to try and make one using my knitting machine. The idea is simple, just three knitted rectangular shapes, two longer ones and one that will fit around your head. The long ones will be sewn into pockets at the end. 

To start, I needed to get my yarn into the right kind of form. I used Novita's Nalle-yarns, which I had bought for a sweater. Over a year ago. Maybe I'll buy some other yarn for the shirt project...

My English fails me, here are some pictures. 

I love to live dangerously, so I didn't make a mock up. Just so you can all feel superior to me. I also took off the tape that was on my machine to indicate how many needles there are. The tape was coming off and was not good for the knitting, so I decided it must go (I'll glue it back on some day). So I took 39 needles to work and started to make knitting happen. Then I realized, the only way I knew how to create the knit, was a way that unravels easily! So I needed to consult my manual. Unfortunately, the manual is in Finnish and I'm not yet equipped to translate knitting machine vocabulary. Suffice to say: you need to take your needles all out (in the picture below) and then just wrap the yarn around the needles (like in the second picture below). Then you put the thread through the thread gate and put the settings from N to W/T (in the third picture below). You knit 3-4 rows and after that you switch the settings back to N and just go to town!

I even remembered to weigh the knit down, and it really worked out well! The only problems I had:
- I didn't doo a mock-up to see how many centimeters there are in 10 stitches
- I didn't bother to do the stripes the same sizes. The next knitted piece will be interesting to do, but oh well: who needs symmetry anyway?!

Next I'll have to knit the remaining two pieces, iron them and sew them together by hand. More on that next Tuesday! See you then! :)

 

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