Learn how to loom knit the basic hat is almost fail-proof with a circular loom. To top that off your supply list is made-up of only five items, a loom, a hook, yarn, a yarn needle and scissors making loom knitting an affordable project that will serve you well many times over.
Once you know this simple project a lot of the others you will find on this site are just adjustments of the basic loom knit hat.
Follow the links below for picture and text tutorials.There is a video tutorial as well if that is of your preference.
Important Note – For the hat in the picture – just turn your basic loom knit hat inside out.
Supplies Needed: Loom (See Guide for Size), Heavy (Worsted) Yarn , Yarn Neel, Hook, Scissors
Loom Size / Hat SizeSize Chart is based on Averages. The information is only a recommendation. Please use your own judgement in the final decision.
Note: Rows are based on 1 strand of thick yarn or 2 strands of light or medium weight yarn, e-Wrap Stitch and No Brim.
Chart Update: 10/2014
For a Folded Brim you may need 6 - 18 rows depending on the recipient. Note that to make the brim you fold the knitting in half.
1 inch = 2.54 centimeters
|Hat Recipient||Avg Head|
|Loom Size||Hat Length||Number
|AG Doll||11 in / 27 cm||Sm 24 Pegs||4 in||20|
|Preemie||12 in / 30 cm||Sm 24 Pegs||4 - 5 in||20-25|
|Newborn||14 in / 36 cm||Sm 24 Pegs||5 - 6 1/2 in||25-30|
|Baby - 1 yr.||18 in / 46 cm||Md 31 Pegs||7 in||25-30|
|Toddler||21 in / 53 cm||Lrg 36 Pegs||7 in||25-30|
|Tweens & Teens||22 in / 56 cm||Lrg 36 Pegs||8 in||30-34|
|Women & Lean Men||22 in / 56 cm||Lrg 36 Pegs||8 - 9 in||32-40|
|Lrg Women & Men||24 in / 61 cm||X-Lrg 41 Pegs||9 -10 in||38-45|
Leave a 1-2 inch tail on your working yarn for a knot.
Size: My formula for rows is 4 rows per inch
Start the Hat
1. Make a (slip) knot. Place it on your anchor peg. ( the lonely peg outside of your loom )
2. (Cast on) Wrap all the pegs twice. This should give you 4 strands per peg.
3. (Knit) With your hook – flip the bottom two strands over and behind the top two. Continue around the whole loom. You will be left with two strands on each peg.
At this point you can – Release the working yarn from the anchor peg. – You finished 1 row !
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have your desired length. Average adult is 38 rows. See size chart below.
For a Brim: When you start your hat – knit twice the length (height) that you want you brim. Then fold your knitting from the bottom. Grab the bottom rim (should be a bit curled up) place one loop on each peg. Then with your hook (Knit) – flip the bottom two strands over and behind the top two. Continue around the whole loom. You will be left with two strands on each peg. Now you can start knitting the hat using steps 2-4
To Close the Hat: (Gathering Method) : Using your working yarn measure out about 12 to 15 inches and cut the yarn. Thread your yarn needle with that yarn tail. Feed the needle through the first peg. Left the yarn loop off the peg. It will gather to the side of your work. Continue all the way around the loom. Until your work comes off the loom.
If you want to make a Pom Pom for your hat and learn how to attach it the easy way I wrote an article with 6 different technique for making pom poms. You can use a tool you can purchase on line or at most discount stores or you local craft store.
The methods also range from just using you hand to the more free and earth friendly method of using left-over card-board.
You might even get some great craft ideas for things you can make with all your new and cute pom poms outside of just learning How to Loom Knit a Hat Easy. Everything from a pom pom critter to a new scarf. For all the information: Click Here
I always recommend that you watch the video from beginning to end before starting the project. You will find that you will be easier and you will feel more confident.
Click the links below to find text and picture tutorials. I have separated the lesson into three parts not because of difficulty but for the purpose of reference. Most people get stuck on one part of the lesson and need to easily return.
For a Video Tutorial of Adult Hat : Click Here
Sometimes the person needing the hat is tiny. Below is a video that will teach you how to knit a hat easy for a newborn. It is extremely easy and you will find that you can complete this project is a short time. This is one of my favorite hats to make because there are so many opportunities for giving them away.
Below are just a few things that you can make once you learn how to loom knit a hat.