Sunday, January 12, 2014

Lightweight Spiral Hat

Hello, and welcome to all my new followers!

I have had my hat finished for awhile, and am presently working on a matching cowl. I just haven't had a chance to upload the hat pictures until today. The hat turned out quite nice - I'm happy with it and wear it a fair bit.

I used a 51 peg CinDwood loom, and an Alpaca blend yarn from Ice Yarns which was a #3 weight. Because the yarn was finer than what I should have used (a #4) the hat is lightweight. Being a loom knitter I have plenty of cozy warm hats knit with chunky yarns so this is a nice change for milder weather.  Or walking the dogs with a bad hair day.  :-)

I did a garter stitch brim, then switched to my Spiral Hat pattern. I posted about that HERE, if you are interested.  I will mention again that I don't really write patterns and there might be an 'official' way to do this and an 'official' pattern somewhere. I just tend to wing it a lot of times. Because this loom had an odd number of pegs though I was able to E-wrap 4 pegs and purl one all the way around. Then I started the next row on that last, unwrapped peg and that gives you the spiral pattern. The purl stitch moves one peg over every row without you have to do much counting or peg marking.

I used Jeannie Phillips cast off (she has a fabulous video on YouTube), a single crochet all around the brim and the hat was finished.

I hope the cowl doesn't take as long to make - there just hasn't been much knitting time these days. My Dad was in the hospital from December 9th to January 8th ... when he was moved to a full care facility. I know he is getting great care there, but it's quite a distance from where we live so I'm spending a lot of time in my vehicle these days.  Can't drive and loom knit!

Thanks for stopping by, and being so patient with my lack of posts. I still love loom knitting, and have several more projects in mind to work on.