Saturday, December 13, 2014

How to Make: A Loom Knit Nekomimi Hat

Photo by Michelle Perez
Knitting, crocheting, weaving, and a host of other yarn related crafts all hold high ranks on the very long list of things that I'm terrible at, but for some reason every winter I convince myself to attempt knitting...or in this case loom knitting. This year I've endeavored to make a hat with kitty ears. I was originally going for something a bit Spirit Hood-esque, but failed miserably in that regard, then decided to move on with the project anyway.             
All things considered I think the hat turned out alright, and if you'd like to try and recreate it keep reading. 

Step 1. Gather your materials. For this project you will need:

  • Yarn 
  • Knitting loom, for this hat I used a large 41 peg round loom.
  • Loom hook 
  • Yarn needle 
  • Scissors 
  • (Optional) Crochet hook
Step 2. If you chose to use a regular thickness yarn you can use two strands at once for a fuller look. Start knitting by creating a slip knot and looping over the anchor peg. 
          
Step 3. Begin wrapping the yarn around your pegs. The loop of yarn around the peg should look a bit like a cursive 'e', hence the name 'e-wrap' stitch. The e-wrap stitch is one of the first stitches you learn and its the easiest to do, in fact more detailed instructions on how to do the e-wrap stitch probably came with your loom.  
Push your first row of wrapping down the pegs, and wrap them a second time.
Use your hook to pull the loops from the first row of wrapping over the second row to create your first row of knitting. 
Step 4. (Optional) Add stripes. For my hat I created wide horizontal stripes by switching colors every 8 rows.
When switching colors you can leave the tails of your yarn long, so you can weave them in later, however because I was a little short on yarn I just did a square knot and trimmed the ends. 
Step 5. Keep knitting until you've reached the desired length of your hat. My hat ended up being around 9'' long or 32 rows of knitting. It turned out a little longer than I'd like because I was trying to keep the stripes even in width.
Step 6. Remove your hat from the loom, finishing the edge with a basic bind off. Which I will link to a video of someone else explaining (because they do a much better job explaining it than I could).
Step 7. Once you've finished binding off you should have a knitted tube. Try on your tube and decide if you'd prefer the looser cast on end or the slightly tighter bind off end to be the opening of your hat.
Then sew the opposite end closed.           
Ta-Da! You've made yourself a fabulous(?)...square hat. Don't worry it looks significantly more feline on a head.   
Step 8. To create flat panels on a round loom for your ear flaps simply wrap the pegs to your desired width (I wrapped 11) then loop back wrapping in the opposite direction.
I had a senior moment and forgot I was supposed to wrap my first and last pegs. 
Step 9. Keep knitting until your ear flap reaches your desired length, which is rather long in my case. Then finish your edge using the same basic bind off you used for the hat. 
Step 10. Try on your hat and decide where you'd like to attach your ear flaps, and mark that spot.
   Step 11. Sew on your ear flaps using the marks as a guide.
Step 12. If your ear flaps are extra long like mine you can fold over the ends and stitch them in place to make some cozy pockets. 
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. If you decide to make this project please tag it #gutterprincess on instagram, I'd love to see your work. For more of my work you can find me at instagram.com/gutterprincess.
Special thanks to Michelle Perez for portrait photography

1 comment:

  1. these pictures with the model are so pretty i can't even think straight! i may need to make this with my knitting machine! :)

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