How to Make a Hat on a Loom

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Knitting looms are circular or straight boards that are used to create knitted items. By simply wrapping the yarn around the pegs of the loom and then lifting the wrapped yarn in various ways, different knitting stitches can be created. The finished knitted creations are similar to knitting that is done with typical knitting needles. For something different, learn how to make a hat on a loom and create an attractive, high-quality hat.

Things You'll Need

  • Circular Knitting Loom
  • 1 Skein Worsted Weight Yarn
  • Loom Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

Place the end of the yarn at the side peg, sticking out from the loom. Wrap the yarn around this peg and bring it straight back around the back side of the nearest peg.

Wrap the yarn around this peg clockwise and bring the yarn back around to the starting point on this peg. Wrap the yarn around each peg on the loom in this fashion. Make sure to keep the tension of the looped yarn such that it is somewhat tight, yet loose enough that you can lift the loops off the pegs.

Slide the loops down to the bottom of each peg and wrap the yarn around each peg again so that you have two loops of yarn on every peg.

Hook the bottom yarn loop on the first peg with the loom hook and pull it up and off the peg (over the other loop) so that there is only one loop remaining on the peg. Repeat with every peg around the loom.

Repeat Step 2 through Step 4 until the knitting is approximately 8 to 10 inches in length. When you reach your stopping point, make sure there is only 1 loop on each peg. Cut the yarn from the skein at this point so that you have 24 inches of yarn left with which to finish the hat.

Thread the end of the yarn into the needle and pass the needle through each yarn loop on the pegs and slide the loops off of the pegs. Pull the yarn tight to gather the loops together.

Pass the needle through the gathering point several times and make 2 or 3 knots that are buried in the yarn to secure the top of the hat. Clip off excess yarn. Thread the needle onto the yarn tail at the bottom of the hat (where you began knitting) and weave this yarn tail into the knitting to secure and conceal it.

Tips & Warnings

  • The loom hook is sharp. Keep it out of reach of children.
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