I get requests for fingerless mitts all the time and I didn’t have a clue how to do it! I’ve finally come up with something to give you but be aware that there are TWO versions: Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced. I strongly suggest watching the videos as sometimes it’s difficult to accurately describe specific actions in words!
These hats just make me laugh! I really wish I had a baby handy to model it for us but no such luck.
This is simple, quick and can be done in any yarn craft! Once again, I’ve demonstrated on my Addi Express… this time on the King Size. Here’s your Addi basic recipe:
Yarn: Worsted Weight about 1 oz of Main Color and .5 oz of trim color
1. Cast on the Addi Express King Size with waste yarn (about 5 rows)
2. Knit Main Color for 30 rows
3. LEAVE MAIN COLOR ATTACHED but switch to waste yarn (about 5 rows)
4. Remove from machine
5. Turn hat inside out so rights sides are together.
7. Add a brim/edging. If you’d like to add a crocheted version, click here for my tutorial.6. Do a 3-Needle Bind Off or my Crochet Version to bind off and seam the top closed. You can also do a Kitchener Stitch if that’s easier for you.
More information, including my demonstration of adding waste yarn with the main color still attached, can be found here:
If you want to attempt looming, knitting or crocheting a version, here are the measurements when the hat is lying flat for you to use as a guide. My All-In-One Loom is very close to the gauge of my Addi machines so you may want to cast on 46 stitches in the round for a test run.
Cooler weather is upon us so it’s time to get serious about some warm hats! One of my favorites is this classic style that’s REVERSIBLE, too!
Use whatever yarn craft you prefer (this one was done with the Addi Express Kingsize knitting machine) and use these measurements as a guide for an adult size hat. Basically, it’s a tube, both ends gathered closed with one end stuffed inside another!
CROCHET TIP: Use a light/thin yarn (#3 or lighter). Crochet uses more yarn per stitch and you’ll end up with an extremely thick, bulky hat if you use #4 or heavier!
Some may find this tutorial interesting as I discuss the way yarn size/type affects sizing. (At the time this video was made, I was not a knitter but my knitter friends told me that the Addi Express Kingsize = 6 mm needles. Now that I AM a knitter, I think it’s more like 7mm so you’ll have to make your own swatch and see what works best for you!) There are 46 needles on the machine and using Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted it made a tube about 15 inches in circumference. Crocheters, measure a hat you know fits well and using the same type yarn and hook size, make your tube the same circumference as the bottom of your existing hat! Loomers will know just what loom to use to achieve the size they want!!
Addi Express or Innovations Machine Instructions for a large child/adult small hat:
1) Big Lots; double strand – 75 rows x 2 (This yarn is like a sport or DK. )