Do you want to make a reversible knit hat but don’t know how? Maybe you are looking for something new to create with your Sentro knitting machine?
Or are you curious and want to know more? No matter the question that brought you here, we have the answers for you!
Learning how to make a knitted hat, especially a reversible one can be tricky. Even with a knitted machine and plenty of tutorials in your back pocket, you can easily find yourself overwhelmed.
So you head online for some clarity, but are met with conflicting advice that leaves you even more confused!
Frustrated, you wonder if you will ever know how to make a reversible knit hat with a Sentro knitting machine.
Well, no more! Today, we are here with the answers you need. Keep reading to find out how to make a reversible knit hat using your Sentro knitting machine.
We have all the information you need and a step-by-step guide that you can follow. Today, you will become a knitting machine expert!
What Is A Sentro Knitting Machine?
Before we dive into the article, let’s have a quick recap for those that need it. The Sentro knitting machine is an affordable hand crank knitting machine.
The circular knitting machine allows you to spin knit projects easily.
If you want to create knit projects and fiber crafts quickly, then it is the machine for you!
The machines come in a range of needle sizes, allowing you to create different sized projects with ease. We have the 48 needle machine, which is the largest and perfect for adult-sized hats or larger crafts.
What we love about the knitting machine is how affordable it is. It’s ideal for any budget. There are other affordable options out there too like the Loops and Threads Knitting machine and the Addi Knitting Machine.
These are all good options, but we do prefer the Sentro. Make sure you opt for the Sentro with the row counter.
It automatically keeps track of the number of knit rows, saving you the need to keep track or use stitch markers.
What Is A Reversible Knitted Hat?
This might seem self-explanatory, but a reversible knitted hat is a knitted hat that is reversible. It allows you to wear it two ways, giving you plenty of options!
Reversible knitted hats are typically beanies but can be any shape that can be turned inside out.
The inside color and pattern can then be worn, essentially giving you two hats in one! It’s a wonderful craft to create and makes the perfect gift for friends or family.
Typically, reversible knitted hats will have a light color on one side and a dark color on the other side.
This gives you two options, allowing the hat to be worn with a range of colors and patterns. Simply turn the hat inside out and you have a new one to wear!
What Do I Need To Make A Reversible Knit Hat On A Sentro Knitting Machine?
Now that we have done our recaps, let’s dive into what brought you here! Below we have a list of the materials you need to create the reversible hat with your knitting machine.
Most of these can be purchased easily in store or online, allowing you to get your craft started as quickly as possible! Let’s take a look at what you need with our list below.
- Sentr Knitting Machine (we used 48 needle size)
- Plastic needle (this comes with your machine)
- Yarn in two different colors of your choice
- Yarn bowl
As you can see, you don’t need much to make your hat! We recommend you opt for worsted weight or thinner when choosing your yarn.
This is the best thickness for your hat and will allow you to create it easily.
We found it best to use three strands at a time of fingering weight alpaca yarn. This gave us the best results without any extra effort or hassle. An easy craft is always a winner in our books!
You also don’t need a yarn bowl if you don’t have one. It is a good option, though, as it keeps your yarn organized while you knit.
You can usually find these at an affordable price in craft stores or online if you would like to use one.
Once you have all your materials ready, be sure to lay them out on your table or surface you are using. This allows you to have everything you need within easy reach, making it even easier for you to make the hat.
How To Use Sentro Knitting Machine To Knit A Tube
Now that you have your materials, it is time to get to grips with your knitting machine and start knitting! The following step-by-step guide will show you how to knit a tube with your Sentro knitting machine.
Once you have mastered this, it can be used to create a reversible knit hat or any other craft you like. So let’s check out how you can do this now.
Step 1 – Select Your Setting
No matter the project you are making with your circular knitting machine, they all start the same way.
To start, you need to clear your row counter. You do this by pressing the black button next to the counter. Next, set the machine to T for the tube.
Step 2 – Knit The First Row
Knitting the first row on your Sentro knitting machine is different to your other rows, so make sure you follow our guidance carefully. The first three to four rounds are the most important, so be sure to take extra care!
To start the first round, find the white needle and place it in front of the yarn holder. The white needle should lift up when you do this.
Next, measure a foot of yarn and leave the end to hang into the middle of your machine. Pass the yarn in front of the white needle, moving from left to right as you do so.
The white needle is your starting and ending point so make sure you can knit a complete row with the yarn you are using.
We used three strands of yarn at once as our yarn was quite thin. For thicker yarns, you should only need one strand at a time.
If you plan to use two strands of yarn but only have one ball, we recommend using a yarn winder to make a two stranded ball. Don’t worry, there are plenty of guidance and tutorials online that can help you with this.
Next, turn the crank on the knitting machine slightly. You want the next needle to move in front of the yarn holder. Pass your yarn behind this needle.
This is where we recommend using a yarn bowl. It will help to keep your yarn organized and prevent it from rolling everywhere.
You can use any bowl you have to hand, or purchase a yarn bowl in store or online. There are plenty of choices on the market, so you are sure to find an affordable yarn bowl that meets your needs!
Turn the crank again to move the next needle in front of you. The yarn should now be passed in front of this needle. Then, turn the crank again so the next needle comes forward. You can pass the yarn behind this needle.
As you pass the yarn in front and behind the needles, the yarn will be pulled right down. This locks the yarn in place and prevents drop stitches.
Be sure to check as you are passing the yarn that it is being pulled right down. You don’t want your craft to be ruined by drop stitches, do you?
Continue the pattern of passing the yarn in front and behind the needles. Don’t worry if you get confused, the needles are all numbered to help you!
Odd numbers are for the yarn to be passed behind and even numbers are for the yarn to be passed in front.
Keep the pattern going until you reach the white needle again. At this point, the counter will now read 001. Make sure to check that all your yarn has been pulled right down.
Step 3 – Knit The Next Few Rows
Now that the first row is complete, it is time to knit the other rows! Instead of alternating between passing the yarn in front and behind, you now need to put the yarn in front of the needles.
Work slowly why you do this. Crank the machine slowly as you move around the machine, checking that the yarn is in front of the needles and is being pulled into the machine.
Repeat until you are back at the white needle. At the end of the second row, you will not need to hold the yarn yourself.
You can pull the yarn through the yarn holder. To do this hold the yarn in front and in the back of the holder. Push it down until it snaps into place.
Step 3 – Put Your Yarn In The Tensioner
Once the yarn is in the holder, you can put it in the yarn tensioner. This part sticks out of the Sentro knitting machine. You can identify it by the three holes on it.
Each hole provides a different level of tension, giving you plenty of flexibility and variety for other projects. Set the yarn to your desired tension by using the correct hole.
Once it is set, you can crank the knitting machine for another few rounds. As you go, work slowly, checking for dropped stitches.
We recommend taking your time on the first three to four rows. These are the most important and where you don’t want any mistakes!
After this point, you can work a little quicker. You will most likely have fallen into a routine by then, making it easier for you to work quickly too.
And that is how you knit a tube using your Sentro knitting machine! It’s not as tricky as you first thought, is it? From here, all you need to decide is what project you want to create!
We carried on from this point and created a reversible knitted hat. So let’s carry on and get you the steps you need to follow to do the same.
How To Knit A Reversible Beanie With A Sentro
Let’s dive into it! To make your beanie, you will need to have completed the three steps we showed you above.
If you have not done so, check them up above and return here once you have done all three steps.
Once you have, you can follow these steps below to create a reversible beanie using your Sentro knitting machine!
Step 1 – Knit 50 Rows
You will need to use the instructions from our earlier steps to knit a total of 50 rows. Use a single color of yearn to do this and continue until the white needle ends on the right.
Cut the end leaving a foot of extra yarn.
Remember, we used three strands at once as we were working with a thinner yarn. You can do this, or opt for a thicker yarn where you will only need to use one strand.
Step 2 – Change The Yarn
For your hat to be reversible, you will want a different color! So it is time to change the yarn being used in your machine. To do so, remove your yarn from the tensioner and yarn holder.
Place it near the middle of the knitting machine. It should be between the wheat needle and the needle to the left of it.
Take your next color yarn and measure roughly a foot of yarn. Put that end towards the middle, passing the rest of the yarn in front of the next needle.
Next, hold the yarn as you pass it in front of each needle for the next row. Take extra care with this row as you don’t want to have any dropped stitches!
We recommend resetting the counter to zero here. This will help you count the rows for your next color without needing to keep track of yourself.
As we are working with numbers that are easy to multiply, you don’t necessarily need to do this, but we found it easier.
Step 3 – Knit 50 Rows
With your next color now in place, you will want to knit another fifty rows. If you reset your counter, you will want to knit until it hits fifty. Or if you haven’t reset it, you will want to continue until the counter reads 100.
End the last rows with your yarn passing in front of the white needle.
Measure another 2 feet of this yarn, or around the length of your machine before cutting it. Be sure to double check how much yarn you have here, you don’t want to end up with too little!
Step 4 – Remove The Hat
Next, you need to remove the hat from the Sentro knitting machine. To do this, thread your plastic needle with the yarn and crank the machine a full row around. This gets the machine to finish the last row.
Then, take the needle on the left of the white needle and push the plastic needle through the loop. Move from the middle of the machine to the outside. Next, pull the yarn through the loop.
Continue doing this for each needle. Lift the loops onto the plastic needle as you go.
After you have done a few of these, you will have more room to work with. You should be able to lift a few loops at once too, making the task even easier!
Take care here though. You don’t want to drop any loops now! Work slowly at the start until you have mastered it, and then you can pick up the pace.
As you gather all the loops, try to keep them fairly loose. This will help us to close any openings without making the gaps too small or tight to work with!
The hat should now come free of the knitting machine and you can finish your hard work.
Step 5 – Finish The Hat
We are almost at the end now! To finish your reversible hat pull the hat inside out and get the ends of the yarn from where you changed color.
Tie the ends into a knot. Make sure this is tight and secure, as it will close the loop of the stitch.
You don’t want to tie it too tight or too loose, but just enough that it matches the other stitches in the hat. Once you have made the secure knot, you can cut off the ends.
Next, pull the knit tube out of the right side partially, just so the ends of each color meet. It is now time to close both ends. It is easier to do this one at a time, work slowly here if you have never done this before.
Take one end on the inside and pull the end of the yarn to close the edge. You will want to pull this carefully and until the stitches from a tight circle.
Make sure you are very careful here! You don’t want to pull the circle too tight as it could break the yarn or not let any air in when the hat is being worn, which nobody wants!
Once the hole is closed on the inside, take the end of the yarn outside and close the end of the other color. You will want one color end on the outside while you pull the other closed.
Again, work slowly here to close the side of the second color. Continue to pull carefully and slowly before tying the ends together and securing with a knot.
Next, cut the yarn into a more manageable length. Make sure both pieces are the same length as this makes the next part far easier!
Thread your remaining yarn onto a plastic needle. Use the needle to sew the yarn back into the hat (see also “How To Use A Traditional Singer Sewing Machine“). Do this between the two colors to make it undetectable!
You will want your needle to come out part way between the beanie and cut off the excess yarn/. What is left will now be hidden between the layers. One color will be on the outside of the beanie, and the other color on the inside.
Now your beanie is complete!
If you want to, you can add a pom pom to the top of the beanie. This does add a nice touch and isn’t too difficult to do. You will do this after the beanie has been completed.
If you have never made a pom pom or attached one to a beanie before, there are plenty of helpful guides and video tutorials online that you can take advantage of!
How Can I Style My Reversible Knitted Beanie?
There are a few ways that you can style your reversible knitted beanie. The first is to wear it in either solid color. If you are using the outside solid color, then you simply pull the beanie on your head and you are good to go!
To wear the inside color, flip the beanie inside out. The inside color will now be on the outside and can be pulled over your head and worn.
Your other option is to create a different colored brim. You can do this for either color. Simply put the beanie on your head and turn up the bottom of the hat. You can turn it up slightly, or create a thick brim, it’s your choice!
This will reveal the inside color and give you a wonderful contrast. You now have a two-color beanie! You can reverse the beanie and do the same too, allowing you to change the color of your hat with ease.
If you plan to wear your hat this way, we suggest you think carefully about the two colors that you want to use for your hat. You want them to be colors that complement each other well.
Consider carefully the color yarn you are using and lie them alongside each other first to make sure you like the colors together.
You can always use the color wheel or color theory guides to help you pick the best colors for your reversible beanie!
And there you have it, a step-by-step guide that will allow you to create a reversible knitted hat using your Sentro knitting machine!
As you can see, it isn’t too hard to do, provided that you work slowly and follow the steps that we have given you.
Make sure you check the tension on your machine and that each stitch has gone right down before moving on to ensure that your hat isn’t too loose with any dropped stitches.
Frequently Asked Questions
Before you leave be sure to check out our brief FAQ section to get your last-minute queries answered!
What Is The Difference Between The Sentro Knitting Machine, Addi Knitting Machine, And The Loops Or Threads?
Other than the color, it seems there is little difference between the Sentro and Loops and Threads knitting machines.
The Addi Knitting Machine does have some differences. It is made from metal, offering enhanced durability.
All three of the knitting machines are hand crank machines, but motors can be added if you want to make any adjustments yourself.
If you are planning to regularly use a knitting machine, it might be worth spending more to get the Addi Machine.
However, if you are looking for a machine to use purely for crafting, then theSentro is a wonderful option! It is affordable, just like the Loops and Threads.
Either will be perfect for crafting or use as a hobby, so there is little difference between them.
What Size Sentro Knitting Machine Should I Get?
The size knitting machine you get depends on what you want to use your knitting machine for. Sentro machines come in a variety of sizes, such as a 22 needle, 40 needle, and 48 needle.
To make large adult hats, you will want a 48 machine. Smaller hats can be made with a 40 needle machine. Smaller items again, like stuffed animals, leg warmers, and socks can be made with a 22 needle machine.
Make sure you consider carefully what you want to create with your Sentro knitting machine to buy the right size for you.
Is The Counter Worth It?
Yes, the counter is worth it! It helps you keep track of the rows, preventing you from needing to keep track of yourself. All you need to do is look at the counter and you will know where you are and what you have left to do.
It’s far easier than keeping count yourself, especially for bigger pieces or if you find yourself losing track easily.