Loom Size / Hat Size

Loom Size

 Loom Size Chart:  Recommended Rows for Loom Knit Hats and Other Helpful Information:

Loom Size

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Loom size chart is for circle looms . You can use a square loom to make hats but this website for now is focused on the round loom.

Loom Size / Hat Size

Size 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 light or medium weight yarn and No Brim.
For a Folded Brim you may need to add another 6 - 18 rows depending on the recipient, because to make the brim you fold the knitting in half.

1 inch = 2.54 centimeters
Hat Recipient
Avg Head
Loom Size
Hat Length
of Rows
AG Doll11 in / 27 cmSm 24 Pegs4 in20
Preemie12 in / 30 cmSm 24 Pegs4 - 5 in20-25
Newborn - 1 Month 14 in / 36 cmSm 24 Pegs5 - 6 1/2 in25-30
Baby / Toddler18 in / 46 cm31 or 36 Pegs7 in34-37
Tweens & Teens22 in / 56 cmLrg 36 Pegs8 in38-40
Women & Lean Men22 in / 56 cmLrg 36 Pegs8 - 9 in38-40
Lrg Women & Men24 in / 61 cmX-Lrg 41 Pegs9 -10 in40-45


Loom Size  Baby Hat Size Chart

Please READ Chart Description. This is different from the chart above.

Note: The baby hat in the picture is actually brimless (rolled brim). If you loom the hat using the e-wrap stitch the bottom will curl-up automatically creating what looks like a brim without the harshness of extra knitting.  Video tutorial below.


Baby Hat Size Chart

Assumes that knitter is using the recommended 24 peg loom, Baby soft - worsted weight yarn, knitting with two strands of yarn as one.
Length of Hat
of Rows
>1 lb4 - 4 1/23 inches12
1-3 lbs8 1/2 - 9
3.5 - 4 in13 - 16
3-5 lbs11 - 11 1/24 - 5 in16 - 20
6-8 lbs12 -12 1/25 - 5.5 in20 - 22
9-11 lbs13 -14 6 24

How Many Rows ? – Your Customized Answer

Here is the Best Answer…

We don’t ALWAYS use the same yarn, the same loom, or the same number of strands. A generic size chart is NOT the best way to go. For a Custom Sizing Formula: Click Here


 Loom SizeChoose The Right Loom Size

Personally, I mostly use  the Knifty Knitter  brand of  looms but this guide will work with any brand like Boye Brand or Darice . The key is to make note of the size and the number of pegs on your looms and not concern yourself with the color. Different brands use different colors to distinguish themselves. Some stores like Michael’s has a generic store brand. There are also handmade and specialty looms. Again, don’t get caught in a lot of hype, find out how many pegs are on the round loom then see the Loom Size chart and find the one closes in size.

The guide goes from the  smallest to the largest. It’s good to know ahead of time that the small loom may seem to small and the extra-large much to large for a normal human head – but I have made hundreds of these loom knit hats and this guide has worked for me every time.


Looms : Knifty Knitter,  Boye , Darice


Product Review of the Boye Loom Set: Click Here

Product Review of the Knifty Knitter Set: Click Here

Product Review of the Darice Loom Set: Click Here



Loom size

Knifty Knitter Brand :  Blue Loom:  ( SMALL – Loom Size 5 inches in diameter – 24 Pegs )  

Boye Brand:   Green Loom ( Small – 24 Pegs )

Darice Brand:  Blue Loom  (Small – 24 Pegs )

Used for: Premature / Newborn Babies

I also use this loom to create a pretty applique for my hats.  This loom is the perfect size to make socks.


Loom Size

Knifty Knitter Brand : Red Loom:   ( MEDIUM – Loom Size 7 inches in diameter – 31 Pegs )    

Boye Brand: Blue Loom:   (Medium – 30 Pegs )

Darice Brand:  Green Loom  (Medium – 31 Pegs)

Used for: Baby / Small Toddlers.

I also use this loom to make little purses and baby cocoons


Loom size

Knifty Knitter BrandGreen Loom:  ( LARGE – Loom Size 9 inches in diameter – 36 Pegs ) 

Boye Brand:  Orange Loom ( Large – 36 Pegs )

Darice Brand:  Orange Loom (Large – 36 Pegs)

Used for: Toddlers / Teenagers / Average Adults

I also use this size for baby cocoons, purses and shoe pouches ( small feet)


Loom Size

Knifty Knitter Brand :  Yellow Loom:  (EX LARGE – Loom Size 11 inches in diameter – 41 Pegs)

Boye Brand: Pink Loom ( Extra Large: 40 Pegs )

Darice Brand: Pink Loom (Extra Large – 41 Pegs)

Used for: Large Adults /  Adults with bucket style hats / Slouchy hats

Also used for : Shawls, Baby Blankets



If you’ve been asking yourself, “Whats the right size loom for ..….? “  I hope this guide helped to answer your question. Finding the right size  loom before starting your knit hat project is important.  You don’t want to be done before you figure out that Grammy really did need her knit hat made with an Extra Large yellow loom, not because she has a big head – but because she has long hair.  You defiantly don’t want to go wrong on those preemie knit hats you promised your local hospital. Those little hats should fit snug and for that project you need to know that the Small Blue loom is the right size for that project of Love.



Loom sizeOther Looms on the site

Loom Size Chart does not include the Flower Loom or the Spool Loom. Simply because they are used make appliques and other projects not to make Hats you or I would wear. You can however, use the Flower Loom for some doll hats. For larger dolls like American Girl you would use the small 24-peg loom.

You can visit the Projects page on this site for some ideas. And, don’t be shy to share your thoughts here on this page about the information or whatever you fancy. You are free to move about site.


Questions we hope we answered with this article: Please let us know if you have an unanswered question

* How Many Rows

* Loom Size

* How wide is the brim

Here is the Video to Learn How to Loom Hat from Start to Finish



Come Loom with Me – Anytime !!!!


Comments: 66

  1. Donna October 10, 2014 at 2:21 pm Reply

    My daughter is 2. I have recently made her two hats from a 36 peg loom. Both were to small for her. The first one I used a garter stitch all the way through and figured that the stitch must have just been to tight. I did the next with a garter stitch brim and the rest e wrap. It was better but still to tight. I used two strands of yarn on both. Do I need to go up a size on the loom or try a different stitch?

    • Denise Canela October 10, 2014 at 3:03 pm Reply

      Donna, a 36-peg loom fits most adults if the gauge is large. A garter stitch is actually pretty flexible and you usually don’t need to use 2 strands. What is the brand of loom you’re using and how many rows are you knitting? Loom hats get wider as you increase the number of rows.

      • Donna October 13, 2014 at 8:22 am Reply

        Thanks for the reply! I am using a boye loom. I am not really sure of the number of rows. I usually just kind of play it by ear. Maybe it is just from using two strands of yarn? The reason I did that was because I wanted it to be thicker and with smaller openings throughout the hat.

        • Denise Canela October 13, 2014 at 9:23 am Reply

          Donna, here is a page with links to really cute hats that were made just for toddlers – it should help with number of rows and stitch options: Click HERE

  2. Sarah-Jayne October 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm Reply

    Hi there Denise I’ve just watched this video is this a newborn a childs or an adult hat . I’ve been making premie hats which I give to my local hospitals. I now want to make children’s hats for the cancer ward I’m just not sure how many inches I should do for the brim and also the rest of the hat . And the peg loom to use too . I hope you can help me thank you very much . Sarah from england

    • Denise Canela October 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm Reply

      Pediatric or adult?

      • Sarah-Jayne October 19, 2014 at 1:26 pm Reply

        Paediatric hun

  3. Holly September 9, 2014 at 9:54 pm Reply

    I like to use the XL Yellow Loom and a bulky yarn to make cowls. I knit until I have 12 inches of knitting, then I cut the yarn and run it loosely through the stitches. These cowls turn out great, knit up quickly, and are wonderful gifts.

    • Denise Canela September 9, 2014 at 10:33 pm Reply

      Sounds like a good easy pattern. I bet it’s fail-proof. Thanks for sharing Holly.
      denise :)

  4. Erika August 5, 2014 at 12:06 am Reply

    So I understand the tutorial but wasn’t sure bout the yarn your using? What worst weight are you using in the baby hat video?? And also do you use 2 balls of yarn or did you cut a certain length go yarn?? I am trying to make a white baby beanie and then add the red lines to make it look like a baseball baby beanie. Thanks in advance!!

    • Denise Canela September 12, 2014 at 8:58 am Reply

      Erika, sorry for the delay in responding I’ve been ill for a bit. Just trying to catch up.
      Yes I used worsted weight yarn, I usally just use one skein, I pull from the middle and the sides. Here is a post that explains: Click Here

  5. Erika August 5, 2014 at 12:04 am Reply

    So I understand the tutorial but wasn’t sure bout the yarn your using? What worst weight are you using in the baby hat video?? And also do you use 2 balls of yarn or did you cut a certain length go yarn?? I am trying to make a white baby beanie and then add the red lines to make it look like a baseball baby beanie.

  6. mariagotart July 5, 2014 at 10:54 am Reply

    Thank you for sharing your size chart! This will be helpful as I make tons of NICU baby hats! I shared your site on my facebook charity page! facebook.com/shannasflower

  7. stacey March 21, 2014 at 12:46 pm Reply

    Your hat size charts are great. Thanks for sharing I am looking forward to checking out the rest of your site. Question. do you have to always use baby soft yarn for baby hats. What kinds of yarns do you use.

    • Denise Canela March 23, 2014 at 6:04 pm Reply

      Hi Stacey, thanks for the kind words – VERY much appreciated. Actually I use a different type of yarn more than the baby yarn and guess what – its part of the yarn give-away for march. GO ENTER TO WIN :)- Click HERE

  8. betty March 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm Reply

    Ive been trying to make my first baby hat but i think the yarn that I bought is too thin . I used two strains as one and i still think its too thin because the holes I think are too big. what is the recommend yarn to use for a newborn hat?

    • Denise Canela March 23, 2014 at 7:14 pm Reply

      Here on the site there is a good pattern and yarn for newborns – just use the blue loom and adjust the rows to fit a baby. I use it for chemo patients for the same reasons I would use it for a baby – because it’s warm and soft. For the link click HERE

  9. Sarah Speck February 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm Reply

    this page has been so useful for making hats! I followed a tutorial on youtube first and while the basic concept came out ok the hat looked awful! it simply wasn’t long enough. after looking at your page I can see where I have gone wrong and regularly visit it when making hats to check I have the length right. thanks for the info! xxx

    • Denise Canela February 6, 2014 at 11:41 pm Reply

      Happy to know I’m helping our friends on the other side of the pond. You have given me a very happy moment with your comment. Thank YOU Ms. Sarah.

  10. karen February 1, 2014 at 3:16 am Reply

    Hi I have the martha stewart loom and weave. Would the round loom be considered a large, 41 rows?

    • Denise Canela February 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm Reply

      Hi Karen, the MS loom is a bit different from other looms in that you can control the gauge a little. When you say 41 rows – I am going to assume you mean 41 pegs. With a Knifty Knitter, Darice or Boye – 41 pegs is actually extra large. This is not true with a small gauge loom like a CindiLoom. So I would need more information to answer this question. Sorry.

  11. Malievi Rodriguez January 31, 2014 at 11:45 am Reply

    Hi….I want to learn to do something new along with my two daughters (14 and 7 years old) and I thought about knitting with a loom. I need your help….. what is a good project to start with? and what supplies should I buy?


    • Denise Canela February 1, 2014 at 9:13 pm Reply

      Hello Malievi. First, what I cool name. I always start my students with a simple hat no matter the age. The only difference is with kids I like to start them on a small loom. The blue or red Knifty Knitter. I would start them with a chunky yarn so that the don’t have to double the yarn. Let them watch at least two tutorials from beginning to end before they start. Here is a video with a 10-year teaching how to make a loom knit hat, Click Here. I promise you (99.9%) that they will get it the first time around. After that – the sky is the limit, they can make hundreds of stuff like purses, scarfs, socks, hair scrunchies. There are kits just for kids – I think they’re a bit more money then necessary but some kids like the set-up – Click Here

      Just wanted to add one more link for Super Duper Inspiration read this little article – Click Here

      Sorry for the LOONG answer but I love to hear that kids are knitting. PLEASE Share pictures. You can email them, give me a link or post them on our Facebook Fanpage.

  12. Bernadette Davis January 20, 2014 at 10:40 pm Reply

    Hi Denise. I have been busy doing the baby hats and have 5 so far. Really enjoy using different combinations of different yarns. Also the looms are much easier on my hands than crocheting. I will send you pictures when I have more done. Take care and be well.

    • Denise Canela January 24, 2014 at 8:06 pm Reply

      Hi there Ms. Bernadette. So happy to hear from you again. :) I can’t wait to see the pictures. I feel like I’m somehow part of this awesome mission you’re on. Keep me in the loop. I’m really excited for you. Baby hats are true treasures. They are what I call double gifts. When a baby’s head is warm a mommy’s heart gets warm.
      You’re an Angel Ms. B,

  13. Catherine A. McClarey January 16, 2014 at 6:36 pm Reply

    I really appreciated this description (and comparison across brands!) of the various round loom sizes. I received a Knifty Knitter set through a yarn swap this past fall, and discovered when I opened it that it came with just 3 of the round looms (the Flower Loom + 2 of the larger ones, I think the L & XL?) and 1 long loom (maybe the shortest? seems to be the same length as the diameter of the largest round loom I have). Looks like I’ll want to sit down and count the pegs to be sure what sizes I’ve got. I’ve already started looking for good buys on loom knitting pattern books on eBay!

    • Denise Canela January 16, 2014 at 6:44 pm Reply

      Hi Catherine, You don’t need to count the pegs. Look at the color of the loom and check out the information on this page, it will tell you how many pegs are on the loom. By the way, I consider that set to be the best set of all. As far as the book if you can only get one loom book it should be Loom Knitting Primer It can some times be a bit more expensive but most book have 10-15 patterns – this one has 30 and a massive amount of resource information. You just have to use it correctly to benefit.

      I’m glad to help in any way I can,

  14. Bernadette Davis January 14, 2014 at 12:28 am Reply

    Denise, I started with the looms today. I decided to do baby caps to give to the hospital. I live in a small town and haven’t heard of anyone doing them. The looms are much easier on my hands than crocheting them. Your refresher course got me to going in no time. Thank you again so much. Bless you for giving of yourself.

    • Denise Canela January 14, 2014 at 7:20 pm Reply

      Hey Ms. Bernadette, so glad to hear that. Good for you! Would love to see pictures. If you can email them to me here’s my email denise@loomahat.com. I would love to share them here on the site.

  15. Bernadette Davis January 12, 2014 at 5:28 pm Reply

    Denise, I love your website. It is so helpful. I just decided this week to use my looms again after putting them up for a few years. I have been crocheting instead but at the age where my hands are bothering me. I think the different motions doing the looms will help. I am sorry this is so long but I very rarely post. Lol. Thank you for your time.

    • Denise Canela January 12, 2014 at 7:05 pm Reply

      Ms. Bernadette, I’m a natural chit-chatter. There is no such thing as a long post in my world. Thank you for your kind words, every one of them is greatly greatly appreciated and let me say that you have blessed me.
      So happy I could help. Come back and visit again and post as much as you like.

  16. Inga Collier January 9, 2014 at 7:27 am Reply

    How can i make the brim of my hat tighter when looming

    • Denise Canela January 9, 2014 at 11:10 pm Reply

      Hi Inga, There are a lot of answers to your question. You can change your loom to a smaller gauge. Try a different method to cast-on like the Chain Cast-on or even try a bulkier yarn. The answer depends on what you are currently doing and what you are currently using.
      Sorry for the broad answer

  17. adenike January 6, 2014 at 7:35 am Reply

    Pls i’m from Nigeria. I love making hats αи∂ i’ve bought some looms to practice with, but our yarns here is not strong or big enough to bring out a beautiful finished products. Pls how can Ɣøu help me or do Ɣøu have a representative in Nigeria that Ɣøu can link me up with?. I also need a complete set of your knifty knitter that has †ђξ 12pegs, αи∂ †ђξ round express machine that knits as many hats as possible within a reasonable time schedule. Thanks

  18. ann January 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm Reply

    I am a beginner loomer and I saw that u could take pegs out of one loom and put in another to make decreasing easier I would greatly appreciate your help. Thank you so much Ann

    • Denise Canela January 5, 2014 at 10:35 pm Reply

      Hi Ann, if your question is whether you can use different color pegs as markers the answer is yes. If the question is whether changing the pegs changes the size of the loom and there by your knitting the answer is no.
      Hope that helps,

  19. Maria Perryman December 27, 2013 at 4:07 pm Reply

    I use the Small 12 pegs for Newborn Socks..

  20. Moonweaver December 4, 2013 at 12:04 am Reply

    A wealth of knowledge indeed. Thank you!

  21. linda December 1, 2013 at 11:23 am Reply

    Thanks, i am indeed greatfull die this chart. Here in the netherlands there is not many information about looming. So i have to do whith any kind of information i can get from abroad.

  22. Leslie Bright November 25, 2013 at 11:41 pm Reply

    I was wanting to make myself a slouch hat and keyhole scarf like the one in the Leisure Arts book I have. The pattern calls for a 48 peg round loom. I’m having a terrible time trying to find that size loom. I’m wanting the purple knifty knitter. I can get a large Boye brand loom, but it only has 40 pegs. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do? I have found one purple Knifty Knitter for $19.61. I really don’t want to spend that much money on one loom.

    • Rebekah Ryan December 30, 2013 at 4:24 pm Reply

      Try the Martha Stewart loom. You can reconfigure it to exactly what you want :)

  23. Patty November 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm Reply

    Thank you so very much for all this information. I am new to looming and was looking for just this kind of information. I to am on a limited budget and could use any help out there with yarn. I have not made many items as of yet do to the cost but look forward to in the future. Thank you again for the peg sizes.

  24. Rita H (Daysmam) November 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm Reply

    Denise, in regards to replacement pegs go to this site and scroll down on the left side of the page where it says knifty knitter this will take you to the replacement pegs that you are interested in and they have both large and small pegs for $2.00 ea pkg. Here is the link:

  25. maria November 15, 2013 at 10:35 am Reply

    My so. Is a size 15 in shoes what size round loom should I use. (Newbie)

    • Denise Canela November 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm Reply

      Sorry, I don’t understand Maria. Are you asking about the loom size for a hat? Because the shoe size doesn’t really give me any information.

  26. Renee October 17, 2013 at 2:53 pm Reply

    I want to make my 2 month old grandson a hat and would like to know which loom will be best. he is 12 pounds, head measures 15.5 inches. Thanks,

  27. Laura Johnson October 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm Reply

    I have a Martha Stewart loom how do I make a newborn hat?

    • Denise Cenela October 13, 2013 at 10:04 pm Reply

      Hi Laura, I’ve had my MS loom now for about 6 months and I have not made a single item so I not able to help. So sorry. – Next year I will focus more on this loom. It has a lot of merit but not a lot of users.
      Thanks for visiting my humble virtual home. Please, come back soon.

  28. Moira Johnson October 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm Reply

    Hi Denise,
    I make hats for the children’s chemo unit. I have been doing this for the past 3 years. I started with the Knifty Knitter looms. These are in storage, so I purchased the Martha Stewart looms, which I really do not like. I am looking for patterns for the loom knitting. Also, since being unemployed, I no longer can afford the yarn. I considered this to be my ministry, and am sad to see it end after 2,508 hats. I like your website and read all the new postings. Keep doing what you are doing. Moira

    • Denise Cenela October 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm Reply

      Thank Moira for your kind words. I suggest you check out a Ralvery group that gives away yarn for free. Yes they’re real.. Here is the link: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/i-just-want-to-get-rid-of-some-yarn

    • Tonya November 11, 2013 at 6:20 pm Reply

      Hi Moira…I wish I knew where you lived lol I have more yarn than the local yarn stores! my email is XXXXXXXXXXXXX some websites blank out an email address so that’s why I put it in both ways. Let me know if you want me to donate some of this yarn to you. I literally have an entire room filled with it and the thought of those babies not having your hats saddens me! Take care and God Bless! Tonya

      • Denise Canela November 11, 2013 at 10:00 pm Reply

        Thank you Tonya !!!!. Your offer is awesome. I have contacted Moira on your behalf and gave her you email. These pages get thousands of views per day. I don’t want you to get flooded with emails.

      • Ann Webb November 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm Reply

        Do you still have any type of yarn (preferably soft) to donate? I donate my time to crocheting hats for cancer patients, premie babies and the homeless in my community. I’d appreciate anything you could donate. Thank you in advance.

  29. Emily September 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm Reply

    I watch your video on how to make a preemie hat the only I didn’t see in video what you did to hide yarn on the bottom of the hat .


    • Denise Cenela September 11, 2013 at 7:30 am Reply

      Hi Emily, I always weave the yarn into the inside of the hat.

  30. Magaline August 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm Reply

    Hi, I’m a teenage girl who wants to make a difference in the world by helping people, and I also like to knit. Your website is so great! I’ve been learning to make hats, and this site helps me get new ideas, and your charity information is wonderful. Thank you so much!

    • Denise Cenela August 24, 2013 at 10:54 am Reply

      Magaline, thanks so much for your kind words. I really appreciate them and you. A young girl with a giving heart is a rare gem. So glad I can be a part of it. Watch for the next project which I think you’re really going to like. We’re making comfort dolls for Dolly Donations

  31. melissa June 7, 2013 at 11:59 pm Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful information!!!!!

    • Denise Cenela June 8, 2013 at 9:23 am Reply

      Thank you for the wonderful feedback. ALWAYS much appreciated!

  32. Cheryl sommardahl May 3, 2013 at 3:56 am Reply

    Thank you for your reply. I decided to buy the Knifty Knitter set of looms. While I will still use the MS long loom configuration, I really like the KK looms for hats.

  33. Cheryl April 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm Reply

    I bought the Martha Stewart knitting loom. I do not understand their sizing chart. The configuration of the loom for a 21″ adult hat is so large, no human could wear it. I have wasted a lot of time knitting a hat which could not fin anyone I know. Can you help?

  34. denise February 17, 2013 at 11:39 pm Reply

    Hello Cathy, Thank you so much for the recommendation of the purple loom and I agree. Would have loved to know your grandsons age.
    My hesitation in including this particular loom is that I have not found in at our local craft store. I will include it after more information and research.
    Once again Thank You!

  35. Cathy February 12, 2013 at 3:29 pm Reply

    I found your info about the looms very useful, I have however purchased the KK purple loom designed just for making hats and found that it works very well. The only drawback I had was that the pegs kept falling out. I remedied that by gluing them in, although I didn’t thinkk I should’ve had to do that – it should have come from the manufacturerer all in tact. The purple loom is somewhat tighter than the yellow loom, that it is closest in size to. I have made hats for several people. When I made hats for my grandsons, I measured their heads and decided that a 21″ head the hat could be made on the purple loom. I have made infant/child hats and have used the red, and blue looms. Nice website – I will be back to see more.

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