This is a knitting pattern for a beginner or child--or use it to quick-loom a hat for a gift or outing. We also use this method to combine two different colors for a two-toned effect. This method goes doubly fast because you use two skeins of yarn at the same time.
Begin by tying a slipknot in the end of the two strands of yarn.
Tie this to the holding peg* (if there is one, or a thumb tack as shown here) or just hold the yarn with your thumb on the side of the loom.
Hold the loom in your left hand with the pegs facing to the right.
Holding the two strands of yarn together, go to the next peg past the yarn holding peg and wrap the yarn under and around the peg, coming in a direction toward you (counter clockwise).
Continue around the ring until you have two rows on the ring.
Wrap the yarn around the *side peg (not shown in this photo), secure yarn with your thumb or just pull it out of the way.
Using the knitting tool, slide the pick in the groove of the first peg under the first 2 loops and lift them up over the second two loops and the top of the peg. Continue around the loom.
THE BRIM (Skip this step to leave a rolled edge--very stylish for ladies' and childrens' hats.)
When you have loomed 4 to 5 inches, you are ready to finish the brim. Go to the first row on the inside of the hat and lift these first loops over the corresponding pegs.
Next, with the pick, lift the back loop over the front loops.
Now you have a hat brim!
Continue looming 20-25 rows after the brim.
(To add variety, you can cut the two strands and tie on two strands of a different color for five rows and then go back to the original two strands. This will produce a stripe. This can be done at least two times before the hat is finished.)
FINISHING THE HAT
Cut and knot the strands at the end, leaving about 4 inches of yarn.
Thread a blunt yarn needle using a double strand; cast the loops off onto the double strand of yarn (needle going through the loop toward the base of the loom).
Turn hat inside out; tightly gather loops on the strands and tie with square knot several times. Include the end strands into this knot.
Work the end strands on the inside into the hat.
TURN INSIDE OUT AND ADMIRE YOUR HANDIWORK!
(below)The hat on the left was made using the Quick-Knit Looming Method (2 skeins at the same time 2/2). The hat on the right was knit using the regular 2/2 method, using only one skein of yarn.
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