Best Friends for Life Hats by Helen Jacobs-Grant
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Best Friends for Life Hats

Loom Knitting
September 2012
DK (11 wpi) ?
238 - 293 yards (218 - 268 m)
This pattern is available for £1.25 GBP buy it now

****available with a GBP £1 donation price tag for downloading this pattern**
the donation goes straight towards my four youngest of six children’s home schooling education, if you’d prefer not to pay the donation please contact me with your email address and I’ll email you the design for free. All help greatly appreciated as we dont get any funding for materials whatsoever towards the kids education.
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Cute, lacy, slouch hats which can be loom knitted in one afternoon or evening for a last minute gift

Materials :
loom hook
large eye sewing needle to weave in the ends

Knitting Loom :
Adult or Teenage size hat :
48 peg purple round adult hat Knifty Knitter loom
(was used in example shown)
OR
any adult hat size round loom with an even number of pegs

For a smaller child or baby use a smaller round hat loom with an even number of pegs

OR

an adjustable loom made up in the size to fit the recipient but always ensure an even number of pegs is used

Yarn :
each hat needs approx 130 - 160 metres of yarn which must be doubled for holding two strands together throughout

100% acrylic Hayfield / Sirdar Bonus Double Knit was used in examples shown but you can use any DK or light worsted yarn you happen to have in your stash

This is a great design for using left over balls of yarn, I used oddments of acrylic yarn in pastel colours in shades of pink, lemon, peach, lilac and white for the three hats shown in the photographs.

Stitches :
slanted lace stitch

Blocking :
shaping the hat whilst damp is essential once you’ve finished loom knitting to open up the lacy stitching and create a nice rounded shape. Simply soak the finished hat in warm soapy water for about half an hour, rinse then press out the water with a towel. Shape the hat into a nice shape with your hands laying it down on a dry folded towel and leave to completely dry.

In theory you could use 100% wool or natural fibres blend of yarn and shape the damp hat using a plate inside it to create a beret style shape hat, but I say in theory because I have not had time to try this out myself yet. If you do try a beret shape please let me know how it works for you and I’d of course love to link your photographs with the pattern download page on Ravelry so be sure to let me see your works of art too.