Knitting Loom Hats: Tips For Beginners

Videos:  Part 1, Part 2
These videos are so great!!  We made our hats almost exactly like she did, minus the pom pom.  I really liked how she made the brim.  That way you don’t have that curled up edge to the hat.

Pattern:  Website,  Pattern
The part that I used most on this pattern was the sizing chart.  On page 3 of the pattern, it tells you how long to knit before you make the brim and how long your hat should measure before you take it off the loom.  Very helpful!

Tips from us:
After making about 10 hats, I have a few tips for you.
1– Knitting with two strands of yarn at the same time (just pretend it’s one string) makes your hat thicker with less holes.  It also grows faster, which means less knitting for you.
2– When knitting with 2 strands of yarn, making a youth hat, we would knit about 20 rows for the brim, then an additional 25 rows before we tied it off.  I couldn’t find a good pattern that would tell me how many rows to knit.  The pattern that I linked to above tells you how long it should measure, which is a good guide too.
3– The 4 sizes of looms are infant, baby or small child, child to youth, and adult.  I used the child/youth size to make hats for all 3 of my kids.  I just made my youngest hat a little shorter than the others.

We love how our hats turned out!  My 2 older kids and I worked together to make 7 hats that we will be donating to a homeless shelter.  A great service project for us to do together.

Here a great out-take for you!

After watching THIS VIDEO  (This is only part 1 of 3), Kaylee is now making a scarf!   She is getting really good at changing colors without needing any help!  It’s going to turn out so cute!

16 Comments

16 Responses to Knitting Loom Hats: Tips For Beginners

  1. Fashion Meets Food 02/28/2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Great tips. Lovely hats I am just learning how to knit. I just found your blog and I am your newest follower. xo

  2. Anna 10/05/2012 at 9:18 am #

    I found this to be VERY helpful. Thank you so much for your wonderful tips, you’ve definitely made loom knitting much easier for me. 🙂

  3. Anonymous 11/29/2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Thank You I looked all over for size charts that would give me an age for hat… I am making for children I don’t know so this really helped. I worried the red loom would be on the tight side for a 5 year old so I will use the green amd make a little shorter!!!
    Thank You so much

  4. The Brians blog 12/10/2012 at 6:03 am #

    Hiya! What a lovely looking personal blog you run! Did you make this domain with our own help?

  5. Denise Guillermo 02/06/2013 at 1:56 pm #

    Knitted hats are always perfect gifts for loved ones since it shows extreme effort from the giver. I always copy DIY instructions in creating personalized caps and shirts so my recipients would feel they are special because the gift doesn’t have a twin elsewhere!

  6. Carol Mata 03/04/2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Just got an idea on how I could possibly customize and design some of my folders at home to make it look more exciting and inspiring. Perhaps, I could also use some knitting on the design to make more unique, I guess.

  7. Anonymous 05/12/2013 at 10:28 pm #

    Okay, coming in very late to the game here, but hopefully you can help me. My son was at a local Children’s hospital for a week after birth and I am trying to make various sizes of hats. I am working on toddler hats now. Would 20 for the brim and 20 for the top be too much? I can’t quite get it worked out so that it looks right on “toddler size.” My loom comes with instructions for the roll bottom, but I like your brim better. Thanks for any help!

  8. Anonymous 05/12/2013 at 10:52 pm #

    ^^to donate to the hospital

  9. Made to measure shirts 06/20/2013 at 10:43 pm #

    I think can make loom hat with the support of your tips, I haven’t tried this before. So I will give you the feedback after done this.

  10. Anonymous 12/15/2013 at 7:27 am #

    About howlong does it take to make 1 hat?

  11. sue 04/10/2014 at 6:35 pm #

    I’ve already started a baby’s hat without counting the number of rows, I will next time though. For now can anyone tell me how many inches the hat should be?

  12. Vivienne 09/17/2014 at 11:14 am #

    Just started loom knitting and I have found both the videos and the pattern which you recommend to be ideal! Thank you for sharing.

  13. Nancy 02/22/2015 at 11:24 am #

    Using these instructions, I have completed 3 hats, so far, and I’m not the most handy person in the word. I didn’t count rows, just eye-balled everything, and each hat has been unique and adored by the person I gave it to.

  14. Margarita Lambert 09/19/2015 at 11:57 am #

    Where did you find your two strands of color together

  15. mindy gunns 10/31/2016 at 7:27 pm #

    When making my hats I’m getting holes sometimes almost like I skipped a peg but I didn’t what am I doing wrong

  16. L Johnson 04/05/2020 at 5:05 pm #

    So I was standing in the craft store. Found a HUGE skein I liked but no second skein. A wonderful woman stopped when I looked confused. I told her I needed to knit with 2 pieces of yarn but no 2nd skein was available in this color. She said “you take the outer thread then go into the middle and find the inner thread…there’s you have your 2 threads” she also said the label on the skein will show where the thread is. But I don’t have a label in front of me to explain. Saved me lots of money on skeins that day, though!

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