Friday, August 31, 2012

Newborn Baby Hat

It's amazing what happens when you become a Grandmother. Or at least what happened to me. I wanted to make our Granddaughter something, something with my own hands. I know how to needle knit, and crochet - but I suffer from what doctors call Chronic Tennis Elbow. (I call it Artist Elbow). Whatever the name,  it has prevented me from picking up knitting needles or crocheting anything more than little flowers to add to the occasional card.

One summer day in 2011, I was browsing around in Michaels. It was completely deserted in there - I think I was the only customer in the place. It was almost eerie! However, I decided to take advantage of the peace & quiet, and finally wandered over to the knitting isle. I thought I'd poke around and see if there were any artsy yarns that I could use for tag toppers etc with my papercrafting.

Well!  I saw the looms, and the book Loom Knitting Primer by Isela Phelps and all I could think of was making something for little Olivia. Knitting something! 

Like many people I started loom knitting by making hats and this is the first one I shared on my other blog (see THIS post) in August 2011.

I used the blue Knifty Knitter loom - the smallest one in the set for this sweet item. The whole hat was e-wrapped, and to keep the brim from rolling I knit the brim double the length I wanted it to be. Then I brought the cast-on edge back up through the center of the loom, lined up the stitches and put the cast on stitches onto the coordinating peg. Once those are knit over, you have a nice double knit brim - no sewing and no edges rolling!  There are many video's on You Tube on how to do this if you need more information.

I used an unbelievably soft yarn that was in my stash for tag toppers, held together with some pink baby yarn I picked up. The hat was small, but perfect for a brand new baby girl (my daughters friend had a baby that I wanted to give a gift to).

To finish it off, I crochet a loopy flower and stitched it to the hat with a pink sparkly button from my stash. I wish I'd made a note of the flower pattern and or the site I got it from, because I'd like to make more of them.

If you would like to see the matching card and how I wrapped up the hat, feel free to check out THIS blog post from my blog Altered Scrapbooking.

Thanks for stopping by.

Under Construction

Please bare with me while I get this blog up and running!

I've decided to start a loom knitting blog rather than continuing to add my loom knit projects to my Paper crafting Blog (AlteredScrapbooking).  That way the people looking for loom knitting don't have to wade through a bunch of cards, the paper crafters don't have to gloss over the loomed entries, and I can go into more detail on the loom knit projects.

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