The Knitting Gang, at the LYS where I work on Wednesdays, decided they wanted to learn to do some thrum knitting.
Trying to lead by example,
never one to be left behind, I decided to knit along with them. Take a look at the beginnings of my thrummed hat.
Using some Briggs &Little
yarn and roving from my stash, and my Need A Hat
book for stitch count,I just finished my second row of thrums.
There are various ways to create thrums, but I chose to pull - rather than cut - the roving at a longer than necessary length.
Once the hat is knit, I will cut the thrums off evenly leaving them just long enough to fill in the
Like the many ways to create thrums, there are also many ways to insert them. I chose the easy method - surprise, surprise. Working with a multiple of four stitches, I knit three stitches with the yarn, then one stitch with the roving. When ready for the roving stitch, by folding the roving in half and laying it on the needle, I simply knit with it rather than the yarn. The yarn crosses behind the roving to get to the next stitch, thereby anchoring it. The disadvantage of this method - so I'm told - is IF the thrum happens to pull out, there is nothing to hold the stitch. It could drop. However knowing wool's propensity to stick to itself, I find it hard to imagine that happening.
You can see, in the upper photo, my four-inch deep ribbing. I wanted it deep enough to fold in half over the ears. My thinking was, if knititng a double-layered hat (a layer of yarn on the right side and a layer of thrum tails on the inside) shouldn't the ears be covered by a double layer as well? I think so.
It has been a long time since I have knit somethng with thrums. It is fun. And while the hat isn't my style, it will be a very wam one for someone. Any grand kids raising their hands?
Thrummed mittens are so warm so I imagine a hat will be super cozy!
I've only thrummed mitts, but a hat would be super warm! Don't trim the thrums - they'll felt down to a nice layer, especially with the pulled ends.
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