Make The Brim

How to Make a BrimHow to Make a Brim

How to make a brim for you loom knit hat?  First, the brim on a loom knit hat is optional. There are projects where I would not make a brim on the hat. One example would be if I am making one for a newborn or preemie. Then. I prefer the softer feel of a brimless hat.

This page is a video, text and picture tutorial only for the brim.  If you missed the first steps of  loom knitting you can Click here. 

Otherwise,  let’s get started! Please follow the pictures from left to right, the written instructions can be found under each college. If you get stuck on one part of the project… feel free to return to that spot as many times as is necessary or you can leave your questions below.



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How to Make the Brim : The Movie


Part 1

How to make the brim

1. Decide the width of your brim. Measure your knitting. It should be twice the length.  I like my brims to be about 2 – 3 inches so I knit 4 – 6 inches because I know that I will be folding the knitting in half to make the brim.

2. When you’ve reached the desired length find the first row of knitting that you made.

3. It will usually curl a little. Grab one of the loops and pull from the inside up.

4. Find the closes peg

5. Pull that loop that is way in the back

6. Loop it over the peg

 Part 2

How to make the brim


1.  Continue to pull all your loops over the pegs

2. You should have the same amount of loops as you have pegs. When your done you should have no left over loops and all your pegs should have 4 rows of string

3. You can hide the string you had around the anchor peg inside your brim ( optional)

4. Get your hook start from the peg right behind the anchor peg. Get your hook. Pull the bottom two strings over the top two strings

5. Pull the strings of the peg

6. Continue loom knitting. Once you have gone completely around – You made you brim!

Now you need to decide how long you’re going to make you hat. It’s ok to measure the person you will be making the hat for or someone comparable . If you like to count rows., each inch is about 3-4 rows depending on the thickness of your yarn.

Next Step is to Knit the Hat

Your Last Step would be to: Close the Hat


MinnieAnother Brim

There are many different ways to make The Brim. Some are a bit more difficult but they look so great it’s worth the extra lesson.

For a cool brim pattern

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Comments: 36

  1. Pat Craig January 6, 2018 at 11:15 am Reply

    I’m new to looming I’m doing a hat for a man yarn is patrons Shetland chunky #5 on label using green loom do I use 2 strands or 1 .when I started it looked very loose so I stopped could you please help me .thanks if you can .

    • Denise Canela January 16, 2018 at 10:31 pm Reply

      Hi Pat – I assume the green loom means that you have 36 pegs – not a good loom to use for a man, chunky yarn or 2 strands. Better to use the 40 or 41 peg loom with 1 strand of chunky.

  2. benita clemens April 13, 2017 at 8:29 pm Reply

    Hi – I’ve just finished making part 1 of a hat I found on the site (candy striped beret) and ready for part 2, placing the hat back on the loom – but seem to have some difficulty as the hat seems to want to fold when i place the 1st 2 stitches (pattern calls for placing 2 edge stitches together on first peg). (I’ve made other hats before, this time looking for a challenge – but never where it called to remove and place back on the loom). Are you able to make a video to assist in this step or provide any assistance.

    thank you

  3. Benita April 13, 2017 at 8:23 pm Reply

    Hi, just finished making the first part of a hat(pattern was found on your website) getting ready to do part 2 (making the brim) and having some difficulty. When i place the 2 leading edge stitches back on the loom, it appears to fold on itself – are you able to post a video or provide any further details –

  4. Mary Bethel February 14, 2017 at 7:31 pm Reply

    Hi Denise, I have made a lot of hats with brims but the one I’made making now, I’may having trouble. I have put the first row over the pegs, when I go to knit the bottom row over the yarn is tight and can’take pull it over, some are loose and some are tight. Never had this problem before. What am I doing wrong.

    By the way, love your videos.

  5. Ria June 13, 2016 at 11:51 pm Reply

    Hi! Thanks again for making these great videos! If I wanted to add a brim to your Farrow Stitch Beanie hat, would I follow the same procedure outlined above? I was a little confused because the first row is a U-wrap stitch, but the final row (before I fold the layer for the brim) is a Purl 1, Knit 2 row. Wanted to confirm that things will still line up when I fold the brim back.

    • Denise Canela June 15, 2016 at 11:28 pm Reply

      You can fold up any pattern – it’s a matter of personal preference – no wrong answer

  6. Ria June 13, 2016 at 10:23 pm Reply

    Hi! Thanks for posting these great videos! Would I be able to add a brim to your Farrow Stitch Beanie Hat ( using the same process outlined above?

  7. MG December 8, 2015 at 1:03 pm Reply

    Would like if possible to receive and email on just how to hide the slip knot string on a loom making hat. This step I am having trouble with. My sister taught me how to learn to make a hat. She lives in a different state. Any help would be appricated. Thank you.

    • Denise Canela December 9, 2015 at 9:45 pm Reply

      When you’re done knitting the brim and you’ve mounted the first loops back onto the loom grab the yarn (slip knot) push it into the flop created by the top and bottom of the knitted fabric which is now your brim. See the video on this post: Click HERE

      • MG December 9, 2015 at 10:33 pm Reply

        Thanks for your help. Appreciate the comments. I am determined to do this. I have learned several years ago to make necklaces, etc. with beads. This is an exciting craft to do. Want to do a few hosts if possible before I have eye surgery. So thanks again for your help.MG

      • MG December 10, 2015 at 5:05 am Reply

        Thanks for your help. Will give it a try. Learning this new craft has been fun. Thanks again again. M G

  8. Tina December 8, 2015 at 1:26 am Reply

    How can I keep the stitches loose?

    When I flip them over they get tight
    The yarn I have at home I already had it so I have to double it but I need the brim loose

    • Denise Canela December 9, 2015 at 9:47 pm Reply

      Tin, you need to be careful when you knit not to pull on the loop. When you do that the previous stitch tightens – to see how this works watch the video on this post – Click HERE

  9. Kat November 21, 2015 at 8:51 pm Reply

    Can you add more pictures because i am more of a visual learner.

  10. Patrice November 11, 2015 at 1:21 am Reply

    Hey Denise, stumbling across your website was the best thing that ever happened to me. Your video tutorials are the best tools I’ve seen online. I just completed the Rib stitch hat w/o the brim. Once I completed the project my son decided wanted to Brim add it to the hat. Can this be done? If so, is it possible to get instructions?

    • Denise Canela November 11, 2015 at 9:18 am Reply

      You can remount the hat onto the loom . Here is a video by Tuteate that shows you how to mount loops back on a loom: Click HERE

  11. Mary August 25, 2015 at 12:24 am Reply

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  12. Gemma February 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm Reply

    Hi Denise!
    I’ve just found your site and I’m so pleased I did. I’m about to make my daughter a hat for the first time. I’d like to make a brimed hat but with the pearl side showing. is there a way to do it without seeing the line from the next colour added? (If you understand what I mean?!) TIA Gemma

    • Denise Canela February 2, 2015 at 10:12 pm Reply

      I find that the Knit stitch is a better choice when changing colors especially if you want to avoid what I call the little train tracks.

      • Gemma February 4, 2015 at 2:39 pm Reply

        Thank you for your reply

  13. cynthia lindsley December 18, 2014 at 8:59 pm Reply

    I loaned my instruction booklet out and it was lost. I know the how to’s but liked the measurements provided, etc. Tried to contact the knifty knitter folks and found it was a run around, can you help me find a replacement?

    • Denise Canela December 19, 2014 at 7:17 am Reply

      Cynthia, for the instruction booklet: Click HERE
      Hope that helps – if not let me know

  14. Maria Santos November 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm Reply

    Can a brim be added on a loom knit hat after the fact? I knitted the hat and now I want to add the brim. Can it be done?

    • Denise Canela November 8, 2014 at 8:14 am Reply

      Yes Maria, You can sew one on or you can mount the loops back onto the loom or another loom. This works for say a Sous Chef Hat. You would make your brim on a smaller loom dismount the loops – by taking a needle through each loop – pulling the loops off the small loom and mounting them back onto the bigger loom. You will have more pegs then loops – you can make up for this by knitting those empty pegs twice when you come around.
      Hope that helps,

  15. Dot Jones May 2, 2014 at 1:03 pm Reply

    Hi Denise…Love your videos and have made some of the hats that all came out really nice but the brim is so tight , is there any way to make a loose fitting brim. Everything is stretchy but the brim, maybe I’m using the wrong type of yarn. Help Me Please!!! Thank You

    • Denise Canela May 12, 2014 at 8:54 am Reply

      Dot sorry about the delay in response. Was at a conference – I saw the comment and didn’t want to just give you a quick response. I am going to assume that you’re using a large gauge loom such as the Knifty Knitter. When you make the brim use only one strand of yarn. When you start the body of the hat then add the second strand. In other words when you are done with the brim – make a slip knot with another skein of yarn – add it to the peg .. and start knitting with two strands when you start knitting the body of your hat..
      Hope that helps,
      denise 🙂

  16. Elizabeth March 2, 2014 at 10:09 am Reply

    Hello, I have a question concerning the brim. Can you explain how to clean up the edge if I didn’t want to use the normal folded over brim like in this pattern. I’ve seen store bought stores that use thin elastic around the edge. Even without the elastic the edge looks clean and even. I have no idea how to get that. Every time I try my edge looks horrible and loopy and if ruins the hat. Hope this makes sense

    • Denise Canela March 2, 2014 at 11:02 pm Reply

      Hi Elizabeth, believe it or not – Just finished a video tonight with that particular subject in it. Should be ready around Wednesday or Thursday if not sooner. Sign up for the blog or check back by the weekend. God willing you can see how it’s done on an easy to follow video tutorial

  17. Bev September 15, 2013 at 11:07 pm Reply

    How did you put the pom pom on the Loom Knit Preemie Hat: ?
    I would not like to put a knot in the hat top.

    • Denise Cenela September 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm Reply

      Hey Bev, The knot is on the outside of the top of the hat and would not be felt by the baby. Here is a link that shows how I attach pom poms to my hats
      By the way, I don’t like pom-poms on my newborn hats – and don’t add them to the little hats I donate to the hospitals but some folks are ok with them and I like to give them the option to learn how.

  18. Knitting Rays of Hope July 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm Reply

    Wonderful post! great tutorial! I think the pictures make the difference. i would love to share this on our blog for new loom knitters!

    • Denise Cenela July 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm Reply

      Thanks for sharing my site that would be great – Plus, I would love to know that I was helpful to you guys in anyway.

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