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Use Bramwell Roslan or Brown Sheep wool double stranded at about a tension 5 on the bulky machine.

E wrap cast on every other needle from 35 left to 34 right

Use your weaving brushes or hang a cast on comb and 2 claw weights.

Set Row Counter to 000.

Knit 30 rows.

Row Count is 30  Put all of the needles from 35 left to 34 right into the "B" position.

Knit 90 rows.

RC 120.  Hang a hem on every other needle. (Put the cast on row back up onto every other needle for this.)

Pull all needles to the "E" position.

Knit 1 row.

RC 121.  Transfer every other stitch to every other needle.  (Using you 1X3 transfer tool, pull the needle out, push it back, lift it up, move it over and pull out the next needle as you flip your wrist and transfer the stitch.)

Knit 1 row.

RC 122.  Gather off.  (Use a needle and yarn for this.  Just take the stitches off the needles one at a time onto the needle and yarn.  Pull tightly.  Tie a knot.  Sew the hat together at the side.  Add pom pom if you like.

 Hat-a-thon, Beginnings, And A Simple Machine Knit Hat Pattern

Every October, my local machine knitting group holds a Hat-a-thon. We get together with food, knitting machines, and tons of yarn to knit hats for the homeless. Between those who show up and others who work at home, the pile can quickly grow to over a hundred.

This year, I sat next to someone new. She brought her machine, a Studio 321 with ribber, and was learning how to use it with lots of help from Rosemarie. As I listened to her being guided through casting on, how to set up a ribber, and the importance of a new sponge bar, I couldn’t help smiling.

Five years ago she was me, with ironically the exact same machine model. I remember how awkward I felt not knowing how to hang a cast on comb or thread the tension arm. Back then, Jennifer helped me finish my first hat.

So to the new lady on my right, welcome. I apologize for not introducing myself. My name is Kathryn and I hope to see you the 3rd Thursday of each month.


 The Hat-a-thon pattern is extremely easy. It was the first garment I ever completed and does not require a ribber. You basically knit a square. Fold the fabric in half. Sew up the side. Gather both ends. Put one end inside the other. Secure the tops together and fold up the bottom to form an extra layer cuff around the ears.

Bulky Gauge Machine
Tension 7 to 9 with worsted weight yarn
Cast on every other needle over 75 to 85 stitches
Knit 4 rows
Bring out of work needles into work
Knit 120 to 140 rows depending on gauge.
Transfer stitches to every other needle
Knit 4 rows
Gather off with double eye needle
Leave enough yarn to sew up side seam
Sew up sides to form a tube
Gather both ends and join together

 Standard Gauge Machine
Tension 7 to 9
Cast on every other needle over 150 to 170 stitches
Knit 200 to 220 rows depending on gauge
Transfer stitches to every other needle
Knit 4 rows
Gather off with double eye needle
Leave enough yarn to sew up side seam
Sew up sides to form a tube
Gather both ends and join together

For this example, I knit 40 rows white, 40 rows variegated, and 40 rows white in less than 45 minutes.


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<---Click HERE to see how to put the sweater together. There are several pictures so it may load slow. 

Hang loops of one cuff edge on machine and K1R at T6 in CC. Transfer to 1x1 rib and K7R at T3. K1R at T10 and BO in rib. Repeat for other cuff.  Fold as shown in picture and sew shoulder seams. 

(The following instructions will give you a scalloped type neck as shown in the pictures.  If you prefer a ribbed neck, knit the bottom and neck bands before you knit the button and buttonhole bands.)

Bottom Band: Hang loops from bottom edge of sweater. K1R T6. Transfer to 1x1 rib. K9R T3, then K1R T10, BO in rib.

Front Left Band: Hang edge loops and K4R at T6 in CC. Place buttonholes (5-7) evenly. K8R. Make buttonholes in your preferred method. K4R. Hang and sew off with double eyed ndl.

Front Right Band: Hang edge loops. K16R. Hang and sew off with double eyed ndl.

Neck Band: With COL, hang neck including top of left front band but not right front band on a number of needles that is divisible by 3.   K1R T6 in CC. COR. Set machine for partial knit. Place all ndls in Hold except 3 ndls nearest the carriage. K4R. *Push next group of 3 ndls into work position. K1R. COL. Pull first group of 3 ndls to Hold. K5R, COR. Push next group of 3 ndls to work. K1R, COL. Pull last group of 3 ndls to Hold.* Repeat * to * until all ndls are knit on, ending with COL. Rehang original loops. K1R, COR. BO loosely around two gate pegs.

Voila!! You are done!  Click HERE to see back and front of finished jacket.


GAUGE: __________ sts per inch          __________ rows per inch

Measurements you will need:  Click HERE for chart.

A: Neck to bottom sweater (less ribbing): _____ inches X _____sts/inch = _____ sts.

B: Chest plus ease divided by 2 = _____ X _____rows/inch= rows

C: 1/2 of back measurement (1/2 of B)=_____rows.

D: Front neck depth _____ inches X _____ rows/inch=_____rows.

E: Half of front neck width _____ inches X _____sts/inch= _____stitches.

F: Armhole measurement divided by 4=_____inches X _____ sts/inch=_____sts. (This measurement is usually 1" for an infant to ~4 to 5" for an adult)

G: Length of arm _____ inches X _____sts/inch=_____sts. (Base of neck to wrist)

H: Front of sweater. 1/2 B - D=_____rows.





Yarn: Emore-Pisgah Inc 4/4 100% cotton or similar cotton (I sometimes buy cotton on cone from Wal-mart)
Machine: KH 260 Brother chunky (9mm) or Studio/Silver Reed SK155 - you will need a garter bar as well (standard is fine - that's what I use) 
Tension: T5.1 on my machine (sometimes more depending on the yarn - be prepared to change the tension if needed.

Carriage at the right

Latch tool cast on (crochet cast on) over 15-0-15

Put in Card #1 or #8 or whichever you fancy and lock (you will find that some work better than others)

Don't bother with the row counter yet.

Knit 2 rows and take yarn out of the machine and set the machine to Hold so that needles in D won't knit.

Push needles to D (stitches go behind the latches)

Turn work with your garter bar (if you don't have a garter bar for the chunky machine just use the one for the standard machine if you have it. It works fine on every other slot)

Move carriage to the left and put the yarn back in and reset the machine to knit.

Knit 2 rows and turn with a garter bar again

If you have a standard lace carriage you can use two of the weights from there as they are just the right size to fit across the dishcloth with a claw weight in the middle where they meet. If not use whatever weights you have on hand that will weigh the work evenly across.

If you have the Brother chunky you put the dial to KC and knit across to left to select needles, then push in both tuck buttons and unlock the card.

If you have a Studio/Silver Reed SK155 set for tuck and unlock the card.


Knit 58 rows in pattern (58 rows in Sugar and Cream or Bernats or Emore-Pisgah gives a square dishcloth) (adjust sts and rows to suit your taste)

Lock card - Selector to N for the Brother, back to stocking stitch for the Studio/Silver Reed.

Knit 1 row

Turn with the garter bar

Knit 2 rows

Turn with the garter bar

Knit 2 rows

Latch tool cast off.