Here’s a fun “recipe” to knock out some of those wonderful worsted weight scraps we always seem to have on hand. No fancy decreases to worry about. They’re fast and fun! The hats pictured here are a 6 month size but adjust the number of cast on stitches and it works for any size!
Download the free guide here: Saturn Hat Scrapbuster
If you like these, then you may also like: Knit Baby Hats Scrapbuster!
Questions? See the “Recipe Walk-Thru” here:
Melissa Sutcliffe came up with a unique method for ribbing a double-layered hat and asked me to do a video tutorial for her. I LOVE the practically of the extra warmth plus a snug ribbing so I was happy to do it! I would definitely consider this hat to be at the Intermediate Level because ribbing on the machine can be a bit tricky, however… I demonstrate how to do it in this video and will always encourage you to try! (If you mess up, it’s only yarn and can be used again!)
Download the written pattern here: Melissa’s Hat Pattern
Here’s a refresher on casting on and off and how to change colors.
Melissa’s hats with crochet bind off.
If you want to replicate the neatly finished edge of Melissa’s hats, here’s a tutorial for a crochet version of a 3-needle bind off.
Simple gathered bind off.
I love circular machine knitting and because the Addi Express machines are so expensive, I’m always on the lookout for possible substitutions! In this video, I compare the Prym Maxi with a Generic, no-name machine (which pleasantly surprised me, btw!)
Be sure to check out links to all products discussed in this video.*
And I have a whole page on this blog dedicated to learning more about circular knitting machines! You can also find links to reviews of other machines here.
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Myth: Circular knitting machines require no skill.
Truth: There’s a learning curve. Master it, then creativity abounds!
When I read poor reviews of circular knitting machines that I know work well, I feel so sad for the people who spent their money expecting a perfect out-of-the-box experience! Just like any craft, circular machine knitting has a certain skill set to be learned.
In this video tutorial, I share demonstrate some basic tips and tricks to help beginners find fast success!
Tip #1: Affix machine to work surface.
Tip #2: Start with light weight yarn.
Tip #3: Read and Research.
Tip #4: Try out different yarn.
Tip #5: Add weights.
Tip #6: Go slow; watch, catch, fix mistakes.
Tip #7: Patience. Give it 10-15 rows.
Tip #8: Beware of knots.
For the CrochetCrate Giveaway, I asked that people give me something I can Sheepishly Share in the comment section of the giveaway video. (Tips, questions, stories… doesn’t matter!) What a collection of brilliance we received so I’ll be sharing them in my videos!
In the first one, you can learn things like:
- addressing pom pom problems
- crochet hook technical info
- bobby pins and hair clips can be useful
- tips for organized project planning
- free version of “Yarnit” type products
- dyeing yarn with Easter Egg dye
- felting tips
- bag construction tips
- resizing patterns without math
- jogless stripes
- inexpensive project bags
- what to do with yarn scraps
- AND MORE!
In the second one you’ll find tips on:
- traveling with supplies
- storing supplies and open skeins
- mixing yarn crafts
- making neck warmers
- pattern organization
- saving yarn for repairs
- adding fragrance
- knitting cast on tips
- proper task lighting
- best yarn for stitch definition
- surprising benefits of wool
- more great uses for yarn scraps
A requested tutorial for a balaclava done on a circular knitting machine!
Wear it 2 ways!
(This is not for a rank beginner!) Skills needed:
~ Basic Circular Knitting Machine Skills (casting on/off, color changes)
~ Hand knitting OR Crochet skills
Essentially, it’s a long tube (like a reversible hat). One end is closed like a hat, the other end is finished with a stretch bind off. Waste yarn is inserted in the middle of the tube to allow for the face opening. Simple concept!
I was never a fan of a hard-copy-yarn-craft-journal. As a Techno Nerd, I always thought Ravelry was the only way to go. But then I was contacted to review this one.
Yep. It’s worth a look. AND I began to think of other benefits… like passing it down to another knitter in the family! Hmmm…. What do YOU think?
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