1 SEAM, 4 TRIANGLES HAT CROWN
Loom Knit, 4 triangles, 1 seam & no moving stitches over with the decreases.
I have tried many different types of crowns for the tops of hat. All have their uses. Many of my hand knit hat patterns use a series of decreases to form triangles for the crown. Over my years of loom knitting, I’ve tried different ideas to come up with the same thing on the looms. The ones I came up with worked, but left me with many seams to sew up after the hat was off the loom, until now. Here is what I now think will be my favorite hat crown.
Loom - KK Adult Hat Loom
Yarn - Lightweight #5, at 8 WPI. (Unknown fiber, feels like a soft cotton.)
The steps are as follows:
Choose a loom that can be divided into 4 equal sections +. (See Note below)
Choose a yarn appropriate for that loom.
Items needed - pick, small stitch marker or safety pin and either scrap yarn, 3 large stitch holders or a circular needle.
SEE FIGURE 1
1. Divide the pegs of the loom into 4 sections.++
2. Place markers on the first & last peg of one section
3. Place a marker on the middle peg of this group.+++
Rt = Right; L = Left; st = stitch; sts = stitches; ew = ewrap; KO = Knit Over; Rep = Repeat; bet = between; R = Row; Rs = Rows; + = Means to check NOTES below
CAST ON – SEE FIGURE 2
GROUPS with Odd number of pegs - Leaving a 10” tail, make a slipknot & place it on the center peg of the group.
GROUPS with Even number of pegs - Leaving a 10” tail, put the slipknot on the L middle peg.
KNIT - Ew the slip knot as if moving to the Left & KO
1. Wrap Rt peg (Take yarn behind it, around it’s side & across the front.) – SEE FIGURE 32. Ew center st & KO (This was the slip knot peg)
3. Wrap next L peg, ew rest of pegs with sts on them, including the wrapped peg & KO—SEE FIGURE 4
4. *Wrap next Rt peg, ew rest & KO
5. Wrap next L peg, ew rest & KO*
6. Rep bet * till all pegs in the marked group, have sts on them
7. Ew & KO 1 or 2Rs, till working yarn is at the Rt & all new wraps have been knitted. NOTE: If the first st of these Rs is one of the marked pegs, just skip it & ew the rest.
8. Place a stitch marker or safety pin on the Rt edge of the triangle, near the point.
9. Cut the yarn, tie it off & remove sts onto circular N, stitch holder or 4 or 5 Rs of scrap yarn.
NEXT TRIANGLE—SEE FIGURE 7
GROUPS with Odd number of pegs -Take the last triangle and having the front or smooth side of the fabric facing down, place the loops of the Rt edge (marked with st holder) onto the group’s pegs, from the L marked one to center marked peg.
GROUPS with Even number of pegs -Take the last triangle and having the front or smooth side of the fabric facing down, place the loops of the Rt edge (marked with st holder) onto the group’s pegs from the L marked one to the peg. L of center marker.
Remove the st holder that was place in Step 8 above.
CAST ON—SEE FIGURE 8
Make a slip knot & place it on the peg with the loop on it that is at or near the center of the group. K over the loop of the other triangle.
Ew the slip knot as if moving to the Left & KO
1. Wrap Rt peg.
2. Ew center st & KO (This was the slip knot peg)
3. *Wrap next L peg, ew rest of pegs with sts on them, including the wrapped Rt peg & KO Also K over the loop of this wrapped L peg.
4. Wrap next Rt peg, ew rest of the sts, including the L st above & KO*
5. Rep bet * till all pegs in the marked group, have sts on them
6. Ew & KO 1 or 2Rs, till working yarn is at the Rt & all new wraps have been knitted. NOTE: If the first st of these Rs is one of the marked pegs, just skip it & ew the rest.—SEE FIGURE 5
7. Place a stitch marker or safety pin on the Rt edge of the triangle, near the point.
8. Cut the yarn, tie it off & remove sts onto circular N, stitch holder or 4 or 5 Rs of scrap yarn.10. Rep these Steps for the 3rd & 4th triangles. DO NOT CUT THE YARN NOR REMOVE THE STS OF THE 4TH TRIANGLE FROM THE LOOM! SEE FIGURE 12
At this point all the triangles should be connected together with only the first edge of the first triangle & the last edge of the last triangle not connected. All of the open stitches of 3 of the triangles should be either on scrap yarn; stitch holders or 1 or 2 circular needles & the sts of the 4th triangle should still be on the loom.
Replace the open sts onto the rest of the loom pegs. If you need to, double up the last st with the next one of the 4th triangle.—SEE FIGURE 13
Knit the hat of your choice from the crown down. Once the hat is removed from the loom, just use the starting 10” tail to sew up the one seam. I pulled the edge loops of the third triangle up through the edge loops of 4th triangle and ran the tail through them as I did so. Then tied off. Work in all tails.
+Note: If one more peg would make dividing the total pegs by 4 come out evenly, figure the total pegs of the loom as having one more peg and then divide by 4. Once the triangles are on the loom the first and last st will be doubled up.
++NOTE If the groups are a even number, tie a piece of yarn between the middle pegs.
.+++NOTE: these markers should be ones that will not fall off if the loom is turned upside down. I used yarn ones tied on or tiny rubber band twisted on double.
Figure 1 Figure 2
Figure 1 Figure 2
Figure 3 Figure 4
Figure 1 shows 2 different looms—the KK 36 peg green loom and the KK 48 peg purple loom. When the 36 pegs of the green loom are divided by 4, the group number is 9, so the middle peg has the marker on it.
When the 48 pegs of the purple loom are divided by 4, the group number is 12, so the marker is tied between the pegs at the center.Figure 2 shows the slipknot’s placement on each loom.
After the slipknot has been ewrapped and knit over, the Figure 3 shows the right peg wrapped and the center one ewrapped again.
In Figure 4, the center stitch has been knit and the left peg has now been wrapped and both the center and right pegs are now ewrapped.
Figure 5 Figure 6
FIGURE 7 FIGURE 8
Figure 5 is showing the last row of the first triangle, half ewrapped. Even though all of the pegs in the group have stitches on them, the working yarn was at the left and the far right peg has only been wrapped, but was not yet knit. This last row will correct both of these—knitting the last right peg and having the working yarn ending on the right.
The finished triangle is shown in Figure 6. Here the open stitches are held on a stitch holder. If I had placed a stitch holder up near the point as instructed in the directions, it would be in the last left side loop near the point, since the smooth side of the fabric is showing.
In Figure 7, the Rt side loops of that triangle are being put onto the group pegs. I put the stitch holder on where is it should be. Once all the side loops are on the pegs up to the center, the slipknot will go on the last or center peg. SEE FIGURE 8I’ve skipped ahead in the pictures for Figure 8. This one shows 2 triangles already knit and the side loops of the 2nd one are on the group pegs. The slipknot for the 3rd triangle is on the first or center peg.
FIGURE 9 FIGURE 10
FIGURE 11 FIGURE 12
Figure 9 show the 3rd triangles knit up to the last row. SEE FIGURE 5 In Figure 10, that row has been knit.
The 3 triangles are all knit in Figure 11. And Figure 12 shows the 4th one knit as well and still on the loom with the yarn left uncut.FIGURE 13 FIGURE 14
FIGURE 15 FIGURE 16
Now all triangles are back on the loom in Figure 13. Don’t be concerned about how stretched out it looks. It will relax once the hat is knit as the rest of the pictures show.