My First Knitting Machine Hat

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blue-orange-hat-smI’ve been trying to learn how to use the knitting machine that my cousin gave me.  Of course, I don’t want to learn on my “good” yarn!…does anyone else do that?  “Save” your “good” stuff for later?

Some of the problem has been that I just haven’t really known what to make, and I don’t know what stitches to try to make said unknown project.  It’s really a bit of a switch, changing my mindset from hand knitting, and even then I pretty much only make washcloths and scarves anyway!  I am a quilter, after all.

I’ve hand knit several long skinny scarves with the hairy novelty yarn, so I’ve been trying to use some of those in the knitting machine, too, and have had a hard time with them.  One of my internet group suggestions was to run some “regular” yarn through the machine to make sure it is working properly.

So, I went rummaging around my stash of yarn and found some Lion Brand Fun 100% acrylic yarn that I’d bought at a ridiculously cheap price a couple of years ago, when I thought I’d make a Bronco scarf or something and never got around to it.  This hat is the result, and I’m thrilled with it!

The light doesn’t do it justice, it’s really darling!  I had no idea how big it would actually turn out to be, because I was experimenting, and it’s much too small for my small adult sized head, so I’ll give it to the church charity hat drive when I finish sewing up the side seam.

One thing about making round objects on a flat knitting machine is that you have to seam most of them to complete them, and I’ve found that is my least favorite part.  But I learned a lot on this project and had a blast doing it.

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2 thoughts on “My First Knitting Machine Hat

    Stephanie said:
    January 2, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Hi!

    I was wondering which kind of knitting machine was more fit for hats. What’s your model? I really like the result!

      ArtisanAtHeart said:
      January 2, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks! It was a lot of fun to knit, and I’ve even started more of them this week.

      How you want the hat to look, including what type of yarn and the gauge, will be your determining factors. If you want to use regular yarn, for example, a bulky machine would probably work best. I used a Singer HK-100, which is a 9 mm bulky machine, to make this hat It doesn’t seem to be very common, although I saw one on my local Craigslist for about $80 recently.

      The one I see recommended the most is the LK-100 or LK-150. This pattern was written for the Bond Ultimate Knitting machine, but those are harder to use and not as sturdy, so if you can afford one of the other plastic bed machines, I’d suggest that. Otherwise, use one of the 50% off coupons at Michael’s or JoAnn Fabrics and get the Bond for a reduced cost.

      Good luck!

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