Knitting Loom Instructions

How to use
Round Knitting Looms
to knit hats for babies, children & adults


For these free knitting loom patterns,
you will need:


To begin this hat pattern tie a slip knot and secure the yarn around the holding peg on the side of the loom (holding peg not shown). The blacktopped peg is peg #1. Bring the yarn thru the pegs between #1 and the last peg on the loom.

Holding the loom on its side with your left hand and the pegs facing your free right hand (reverse all directions for left handed use) bring the yarn behind peg one and wrap it around to the front of the peg and back behind again.

With the yarn wrapped around the first peg, move the yarn to peg # 2 and wrap in the same manner. You will be working clock wise around the loom and counter clock wise around the pegs. You always wrap from the back to the front and move to the next peg at the back. When threading, let the yarn slide thru your hand easily, not pulling the tension too tight on the loom. Once you have gone all the way around the loom, continue threading until you have three rows of yarn on each peg. Secure the working yarn on the holding peg by wrapping around several times.


Using the tool, begin at peg # 1 and pick up the first yarn loop and bring it up over the top of the two remaining loops and the top of the peg.
Move to peg # 2 and continue this process all around the loom. When you finish the last peg unwrap the working yarn from the holding peg and wrap another row of loops on each peg. Work about 30 rows for an adult hat and 25 for a youth hat. (This is approximate. Keep in mind who you're knitting for. Some young people these days like the hats to barely cover their heads. "Beanies" they call them. Some want the added warmth covering their ears. And some people want a lot of extra hat at the top. If available, slip the loom over the head of the person you are making the hat for--keeping in mind the tapering effect of finishing the hat.)


After finishing the last one over two row, now work the bottom yarn loop up over the peg, leaving only one loop on each peg. Take the working yarn off of the holding peg and measure a three-foot tail and cut. You will use this tail to take the remaining loops off of the pegs. Thread the tail onto a large plastic craft needle. Using a double thickness of tail, begin with peg # 1 and lift the yarn loop off of the peg and onto the needle. Continue this process all the way around the loom. When all the loops are on the tail turn the hat inside out and cinch the hat closed. Stitch across the closing a couple of times. Dividing the tail in half, tie a square knot and trim the excess.



If you want a pom pom on the top of your hat, wrap the yarn around a 3” x 1” piece of cardboard until you have 75 wraps. Now take a short piece of matching yarn and push it under each flat side of the cardboard. Tie half of a square knot and cinch up the middle of the yarn tight. Having someone secure the tie with their finger, tie the second half of the square knot. Cut the yarn along the edge of the cardboard on each side. Lay the two pom poms on top of the hat and secure them with a piece of yarn. Fluff up the short pieces to make a great looking pom pom.


This is how you can make a hat with a double thick band. After you have loomed twenty rows, and with two loops of yarn on each peg, reach inside the hat and pull the bottom of your hat back up to the pegs. You will now reattach the loops of the first row back onto the pegs. Once you have completed reattaching the loops begin working the bottom yarn loop up over the top of the peg as usual. Now your double thick band is knitted right into the hat. This adds extra warmth to the ears and forehead.

To make a heavier knit you may use 4 loops of yarn on the pegs instead of 3. When using 4 you work the loom by pulling 2 strands of yarn over together. The process is the same but instead of working 1 over 2 you are working 2 over 2. Also with this method you can use 2 skeins of yarn and wrap 2 loops on each peg at the same time. With this method you only have to make two wraps around the loom and you have all 4 loops on each peg. This is also a great way to make a hat with two different colors of yarn. Be creative and have fun.


To change colors of yarn unwrap the yarn from the holding peg before beginning a new row of loops. Cut the working yarn leaving about a 2” tail and tie on the new yarn with a square knot. Begin wrapping the new yarn onto the pegs as usual, making sure the knot is on the inside of the loom.

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