February 14, 2022

Knitting Machine Beanies

As usual, my goal for this year is to use up as much of my yarn as possible. I can slowly see some yarn disappearing from my stash, but I still keep accidentally buying new yarn! But at least when I buy yarn now, I buy it for a specific project. I no longer allow myself to buy yarn just because it's pretty or on sale. Since I'm trying to use up my yarn stash, I really enjoy participating in the Craft Room De-Stash Challenge. For the de-stash challenge, my blog friends and I created new projects from supplies already in our craft supply stash. This time I've decided to make beanies using my new Sentro knitting machine. I've been crocheting for almost 20 years, and I know how to knit...a little. So when I learned about the knitting machine, I thought it would be a cool way to hurry up the process of using up my yarn, and using the machine would be easier on my hands. Anyhoo, I made 15 hats! Scroll down to check them out!
I decided to purchase a Sentro knitting machine after seeing post after post of cute knitting machine hats kept popping up on my Instagram and YouTube feed. I attempted to make a video of me making the hats, but that didn't turn out right, so I recommend searching YouTube for knitting machine hat/beanie tutorials. One I found helpful was called How to Knit "Mommy and Me" Sized Hats on a Knitting Machine. Since I was making hats for my husband and my kids and Hats Not Hate, I wanted to know how many rows are needed for adult hats and kids hats, so this video talked about both sizes.

My cat Maki helped me decide which yarns to use to create the hats.

The first yarn we used was Caron Simply Soft Paints Sticks & Stones (discontinued). I used up both skeins and made two hats. I made one for me and one for my husband. This yarn is so gorgeous. I wish it wasn't discontinued!

Please excuse the yarn lint! (It's not dusty. 😆) Anyhoo, you start by casting the yarn onto the machine by weaving the yarn in front of a hook and then behind the next hook. You crank the handle to move on to the next hook. You do this all the way around until you reach the last hook, which is the white hook.

Once you reach the white hook, you thread the yarn through the yarn guide. Then you thread the yarn through the tension lever. The middle hole is for moderate tension, which I used for I Love This Yarn. For Caron Simply Soft, I used the first hole for tight tension. I just looked at the instructions and discovered that there is a way to make the tension even tighter! OMG, I really could have used tighter tension on a couple hats I made with the Caron Simply Soft. Don't be like me; read all the instructions. 😜 And again for a full instructional video, I recommend the video How to Knit "Mommy and Me" Sized Hats on a Knitting Machine.

For my husband's beanie, I cranked out 140 rows. 

I used the yarn needle that came with the Sentro machine to cast off each stitch.

After casting off the knitting machine, the yarn is a long tube. 

I made double layered hats, so I reached inside and pull up the bottom end so both ends are together.

 Then I pulled the tails to cinch the opening closed. This is the top of the beanie.

I tied several knots in the tails to make sure this end stays closed. Then I used a needle to tuck this tail inside. Since the beanie is double layered, I just hid it inside the two layers. There's no need to actually weave it in.

Ta-Da! This is my hubby's hat. 

And this one is mine. I added a fluffy fur pom pom to the top.

I made these 3 hats and used up almost 3 skeins of I Love This Yarn Agean Stripe yarn. I still have a small ball left. I'm going to give one of these to my mom. She loves the colors. They're like the Carolina Panthers colors, and that's her team. 

The beanie with the pom pom is for my son. I used my large Clover pom pom maker and Vanna's Choice Aqua yarn to make it. 

This is the next yarn (Craft Smart Value Stripe Merlot) I tackled. I finished off one skein. 

My daughter requested a purple and red hat with a purple pom pom. Originally, I was going to use a different purple yarn for the pom pom, but I decided to use a shade of purple from the purple variegated Crayola Cake Yarn

Here's my daughter's finished hat. She loves it and wears it to school.

This was the first hat I made on the machine, and it was a practice hat, but I love it!!! I made it with I Love this Yarn Dakota and Red Heart With Love Tan. While I did use up one skein of the Dakota yarn, I still have one left, and I still have plenty of the tan yarn left too, but I need it for other projects, so that's totally okay.

I made two hats with I Love This Yarn Elements Flower and Vanna's Choice Black. I used the entire skein of I Love This Yarn Elements Flower. Yay! I still have a ton of the black yarn.

I found some blue yarns in my stash, and I decided to make some hats for the Hat Not Hate campaign. I sent several blue hats to them last year, and I enjoyed making them, so I decided to make more. And I will definitely make more because I did not use up all this yarn yet.

Here are two blue beanies. 

This beanie is reversible.

I found more blue yarn that match a variegated yarn in my stash (Caron Simply Soft Dark Country Blue, Caron Simply Soft Our Heritage, and Caron Simply Soft Country Blue) The Our Heritage yarn is discontinued, and I have 13 in my stash...

When I made these hats, I used up a small ball of the Caron Simply Soft Dark Country Blue and a skein of the Caron Simply Soft Our Heritage.

I plan on giving this beanie to my husband, but I'm not sure how he'll feel about the colorful pieces. I love this tweed yarn. It's Lion Brand Heartland Tweed Black Canyon Tweed. If he doesn't like it.... I will gladly keep it! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my knitting machine beanies! Now, scroll down to see what my blogging friends created from their craft stashes.

15 comments:

  1. Wow, T'onna! Did you ever find a great way to use up yarn in your stash! The knitting machine is a fun way to do it, too! And the Hats not Hate project is a wonderful anti bullying campaign to donate them to! You are on the ball with this awesome idea!

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    1. Thanks so much, Gail! I've been searching for all my blue yarn. I want to make as many blue hats as I can for Hat Not Hate. Anti-bullying is really important to me as a mom and former educator. And I want to find other charities to donate my non-blue hats to.

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  2. WOWZA! You've been busy. These are amazing! What a great little knitting machine. You are really motoring through your stash. I especially love the way the variegated yarn pooled in a wavy, groovy way on some of them.

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    1. Thanks! I loved the way the colors came together, too. I was disappointed that I could not replicate the pattern that my son's hat created. It was perfect, but the other hats I made with the same yarn didn't create the same pattern...

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  3. You have been a busy knitting bee, for sure! You've created a nice variety of styles and colors for your family and donations. I also "accidentally" buy craft supplies. LOL

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    1. Thanks! I'm always accidentally buying something... It's terrible. lol

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  4. All of these beanies turned out great! I love that they are extra warm with double layers too. Pinned.

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    1. Thanks so much! We really need double layered beanies here in WA. It's cold at the bus stop in the mornings! lol

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  5. Oh my goodness that round knitting machine is ingenious - 've never seen one before. What a great way to work through your yarn, i love seeing all your variations of the hat.

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    1. Thanks! I'm loving this knitting machine! I can really get through my yarn much faster.

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  6. What a great way to use up lots of yarn in your stash! The hats all look great and it's wonderful that you are donating some of them to Hats not Hate.

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    1. Thanks! I'm so excited to make more and more hats to donate!

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  7. I am seriously impressed that you made 15 hats! WOW! You and Maki have so many beautiful yarns to choose from! (Maki is adorable) Wonderful hats! pinnning -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. Thanks! Maki is a great crochet/knitting buddy. The knitting machine makes hat making go soooooo much faster! It's awesome!

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  8. I am seriously impressed that you made 15 hats! WOW! You and Maki have so many beautiful yarns to choose from! (Maki is adorable) Wonderful hats! pinnning -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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