How to Make a Hat on the Flat Bed Knitting Machine

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How to Make a Hat on the Flat Bed Knitting Machine
Simple winter hat (red hat image by anna karwowska from

The easiest and fastest way to knit any item is on a knitting machine. You don't even need to add a ribber attachment to make a wonderful winter hat. You can knit a rectangle of material that folds into a hat in about half an hour. Add a pom-pom and you'll be ready for seasonal chills in style.

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Things you need

  • Standard flat bed knitting machine
  • Cone of 2/12 yarn
  • Steam iron
  • Measuring tape
  • Casting comb and weights
  • Double eyed needle
  • Pom-pom maker

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  1. 1

    Take the measurement gauge by casting on 60 stitches. Hang on the casting comb and weights and knit 60 rows at tension 7. Remove the comb and release the swatch of material. Steam the swatch and use the measuring tape to measure the number of stitches to the inch and rows to the inch.

  2. 2

    Measure the width of your head. Multiply that number by the number of stitches to the inch to determine how many stitches to cast on. This hat is 8 inches with a 4 inch brim, and it is knitted to twice that length and turned double for warmth. Calculate how many rows you need to make 24 inches of material.

  3. 3

    Turn machine tension to 7 and cast on waste yarn. Hang casting comb and weights and knit 2 inches of material. Knit one row of ravel cord. Change to 2/12 cone of yarn and knit 8 inches. Move the casting comb and weights up every 3 or 4 inches to maintain proper tension.

  4. 4

    Tighten the tension to 5 and knit 4 inches for the brim. Turn tension to 7 and knit one turning row. Return the tension to 5 and knit 4 more inches. Turn the tension to 7 and complete the last 8 inches.

  5. 5

    Transfer the stitches from the first row up onto the needles and knit one row at tension 5. Pull the ravel cord and release the waste yarn. Cut 18 inches of yarn from the cone. Thread the end through the double eyed needle and slip each stitch off the needles and onto the length of yarn. Pull tight to form the top of the hat. Stitch down the entire 24 inch length of the hat seam.

  6. 6

    Make a pom-pom according to the directions on the package and attach it at the top of the hat. Lightly steam the hat and turn up the brim.

Tips and warnings

  • Try making the brim sections a different colour to match the pom-pom.

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