No-Knit Snuggly Hat and Mittens
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2009
It wouldn't be spin to describe this craft as ridiculously easy. Although in some ways that's exactly what you do with a Knitwit: spin (well, wrap) thread around a circular or square-shaped tool to create loopy rosettes. Rendered with luxurious yarns such as mohair, these florets look decidedly modern.
To determine how much yarn you'll need per rosette, follow this rule of thumb: Winding once around the tool requires two yards, winding twice requires three yards, and so on.
While the Knitwit has been discountinued, the Hana Ami Flower Loom ($20, purlsoho.com, similar to shown) comes with instructions, so we've limited the how-tos to our modifications. The basic technique involves wrapping the yarn and then twisting the tool's stem to release the floret with a satisfying pop.
Editor's Tip: Creating these blossomlike designs calls for a different kind of holiday wrapping. Wind thread around a Knitwit, knotting at each loop with a needle. For thicker yarn, use a tapestry needle; for thinner, a sewing one. To alter the "pattern," play with thread type and the number of times it's wound around the tool.
More Knitwit How-Tos
Knitwit or Hana Ami Flower Loom ($20, purlsoho.com)
Hat and mittens
Disappearing ink pen
Make your little one's winter wear even cozier with rosettes. These call for angora, wrapped three times each. To attach them as earflaps, first put on the hat (high on the head). Hold the rosettes to cover the ears, and mark the position. Use the same yarn and a needle to stitch the earflaps to the hat.
To embellish the mittens, affix florets at their centers and at each knot (you'll know where they are from the Knitwit instructions) around the perimeter.