Sunday, February 5, 2012

Loom Knitting, Newborn Baby Hat, Newborn Baby Booties, Newborn Baby Mittens


Newborn Baby Hat Without Rim

Loom used: 31 peg loom (Knifty Knitter is what I used - blue color).

FYI... for loom sizes... Don't use the blue 24 peg for this. If you use two strands of yarn, with one of those strands on the bulky side (6), then the 24 peg would be for a preemie hat (blue), and the 31 peg (red) loom for newborn, and the 36 peg (Green) loom would be used for young children (1.5 years at least to 4 years. I haven't tried them on an older child yet). If you want an adult hat with two strands of bulky yarn (even for women!) you will need to use the yellow loom which is 41 pegs. I learned this the hard way... knitting a bunch of hats and trial and error.

Yarn used: I use two strands of yarn so the hat has less space in between each chain (no holes which makes it warmer!). I will usually use a normal cheaper yarn mixed with the nicer and softer specialty yarns that are bulky. I have also used a third strand that is super thin but adds additional color, variety, and texture.

Step 1: Knit 27 to 30 rows (I use the basic e-wrap - if you need help with the basics please check out Provo Craft's website - search Provo Craft Knifty Knitter and you will find it). I give you that window because I don't count my rows when I do a hat. I just look at it and estimate as I'm nearing the end.

** Do notice that I did not turn the cuff and make a brim on the hat. I tried this with one hat and realized the brim ends up being so thick (which is cute of course!) that I imagine this could cause some havoc on a little newborn neck. Remember, newborn babies sleep a lot with hats on and they shouldn't be putting the babies neck out of alignment. So I went with no cuff and the little curled rim that you see is just what naturally occurs with loom knitting.

Step 2: Take off with gather method
Step 3: I sewed on a cute bow for cuteness factor.




Newborn Baby Mittens

Loom used: 12 peg loom (Knifty Knitter is what I used)
Yarn used: I use two strands of yarn so the mitten has less space in between each chain (no holes which makes them warmer!). I will usually use a normal cheaper yarn mixed with the nicer and softer specialty yarns. I have also used a third strand that is super thin but adds additional color, variety, and texture.

Step 1: Knit 7 rows (I use the basic e-wrap - if you need help with the basics please check out Provo Craft's website - search Provo Craft Knifty Knitter and you will find it)
Step 2: Turn Cuff (It's like making a brim on a hat)
Step 3: Knit 11 rows
Step 4: take off with gather method
Step 5: I do not recommend weaving a ribbon to tie around the mittens. I'm a nurse and this sets off all sorts of alarm bells in my head. It would be so easy for mom or dad to tie this too tight and they wouldn't be able to tell because the blue oxygen-deprived foot wouldn't be showing! So I just sewed on a cute bow for cuteness factor.


Newborn Baby Booties




Loom used: 12 peg loom (Knifty Knitter is what I used)

Yarn used: I use two strands of yarn so the bootie has less space in between each chain (no holes which makes them warmer!). I will usually use a normal cheaper yarn mixed with the nicer and softer specialty yarns. I have also used a third strand that is super thin but adds color and variety.

Step 1: Knit 6 rows (I use the basic e-wrap - if you need help with the basics please check out Provo Craft's website - search Provo Craft Knifty Knitter and you will find it)

Step 2: Turn Cuff (It's like making a brim on a hat)

Step 3: Knit 2 rows

Step 4: Knit the Heel (this will be done as flat knitting not going around. You will use only pegs 1-8)

Heel Template For 12 Peg Loom
This template is good and bad. Good because it makes a cute gradual heel like you see in a normal sock. Bad because it will leave larger holes than the rest of the bootie, and you will have to at the end repair the holes.

wrap pegs 1 through 8 knit off

wrap pegs 7 – 2 knit off

wrap pegs 3 - 6 knit off

wrap pegs 5 - 4 knit off

wrap peg 5 only knit off

wrap pegs 5 - 4 knit off

wrap pegs 3 - 6 knit off

wrap pegs 7 - 2 knit off

wrap pegs 1 - 12 knit off


Step 5: Knit 7 more rows (I've done 6 rows and it looks just a bit smaller than I would like. Next time I will try the 7 or 8 rows. This step is where you are making the length of the toe. Adjust according to your personal desire).

Step 6: take off with gather method - leave a REALLY long tail like 18 inches long

Step 7: Turn the bootie inside out (it already should be for the gather method). Use your really long tail to then sew up the holes that you find throughout the heel. If you use nice thick fun yarn you will not be able to see much of this. As I'm doing it I am very aware of what I am doing on the outside of the bootie to maintain a cute look. There is no real trick to this. Just sew up the holes.

Step 8: I do not recommend weaving a ribbon to tie around the booties. I'm a nurse and this sets off all sorts of alarm bells in my head. It would be so easy for mom or dad to tie this too tight and they wouldn't be able to tell because the blue oxygen-deprived foot wouldn't be showing! So I just sewed on a cute bow for cuteness factor.

1 comment:

  1. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I have been looking for an easy to understand pattern/instructions for baby booties. I just made a pair for my first Grandbaby ( Boy ) they came out great. Maggie :)

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