What happens when you make a hat from the brim up to the crown? Well, odds are you’ll decrease for a few rounds, and then you’ll need to “gather to close” the last round with a yarn needle. What does that mean? How do you “gather the last round” of your project? Here are two methods for gathering hat rounds!
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How to Gather Hat Crowns or Project Rounds
As Seen in this Video: (click for more info)
- US – I, 5.5mm Furls Odyssey Hook
- Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
- Stork Scissors
- Yarn/Tapestry Needle
- Super Speedy Preemie Hat Pattern (free!)
I chose not to make a left handed version of this video, because it doesn’t matter which hand you use to do the sewing, the technique looks and operates the same!
You have 2 popular options for closing up hat crowns, slipper toes, or just plain gathering the last round of a pattern when you want to close up a hole:
- Cut a long tail – the bigger the hole, the longer the tail you’ll need.
- Thread the tail on a yarn needle.
- Join the first and last stitch of the round if you haven’t already done so.
- Insert the needle under the top 2 loops of each stitch of the last round.
Option 1: Insert from the outside of the project in, and then from the inside out, alternating on each stitch.
Option 2: Insert from the outside of the project in on each stitch.
- Pull the end of the yarn to close the hole.
- Insert the needle through the hat to the inside, weave in ends.
And that’s it! If you’ve never done it before, or weren’t pleased with the results when you did, then I hope this video has helped – and that your next project that calls for “gathering the last round” is even better! Be sure to check out the Video Tutorials video for even more tips, tricks, and stitch tutorial help! Thanks for watching!
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