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Knitting on a Round Loom: My First Hat

| 2/13/2013 1:50:16 PM

knitting loomLoom knitting is easy to pick up in an afternoon for practically anyone of any age, and a very fast way to make yourself winter clothes. Unfortunately, those facts are easy to forget when you’ve been knitting your first hat for seven hours straight. My mother can make a hat in two hours. I’d started knitting that morning at ten o’ clock, and the winter sun was sinking behind the trees and I still wasn’t finished.

That morning, my mother had handed me her selection of round looms — dull yellow, red, and green squatting inside each other like Russian nesting dolls — and told me to hold them on my head and see which fit. (The loom should be a little bigger than the hat needs to be, because the hat will shrink.)

She showed me how to wrap yarn around the loom’s pegs—from back to front, around to the next one, around and around and around. When she’d finished the first row, she handed the loom to me and said, “You try.”

I pressed down the last row she’d done and wrapped another row above that. It was rather fun — letting my fingertips glide across the smooth yarn, a rhythmic, graceful motion.

The next step, the actual knitting, was also pretty easy — I slid my mother’s Very Important Hook under the bottom row of yarn and moved it to the other side of the peg. This wasn’t so bad, I decided.

Once I’d practiced a few rows, my mother said that we had to unravel this whole hat and start over. I didn’t understand until she told me to look at the hat closely. It rather resembled a fishnet. I unraveled the hat and started over.

Deb Nowak
2/14/2013 6:07:11 PM

I love the added heart charm!! Another great adventure!

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