I enjoy attempting to make things with my children, unfortunately, I take after my mother and do not find crafting things comes naturally.
I have to work quite hard at things like sewing, and even if I follow instructions to the letter, the end results very rarely match the example that caught my eye!
My grandma tried to teach me to knit as a child, however it’s a skill that unless practised, can be lost – and it’s well over 25 years since my lessons, and I’ve recently found myself wishing I could still do it.
While meandering around a homewares shop the other week, a set of knitting looms caught my eye. If you ever had a knitting dolly as a child, they are larger versions of these. And the set I found had ‘simple’ instructions in how to knit a beany hat.
So I thought, let’s give it a go!
I started on the smallest of the four looms, and created a hat.
It was tiny. So I gave it to my daughter’s doll. Within 2 hours it began to unravel.
More research about finishing off was required.
I found some great websites with ideas, so attempt number 2 was a snood/cowl for my daughter on the next sie up loom.
It was too small.
Can you see a pattern forming? (No pun intended!)
I went back to the hat idea, and went up to the next largest loom.
I finished the hat for my son today. No problems with unravelling this time. Just size,
Yes, it’s too small again! I think I’m doing something with the tension in the wool, that means that when I finish off, it pulls the hem tight. More research required.
Having said that – my boy seems quite happy and has been wearing it to play in.
More research required, I’m not downhearted as each attempt has been more successful than the last.
Any tips welcome!