Making a Hat on a Round Loom?

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March 9, 2021

A completed yarn hat.I had some small balls of yarn that I needed to use up and so I made this small baby hat using up the scraps.

This is a fun craft for kids. Ten years and older could easily make these.


Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1



  • leftover yarn
  • 1 round hat loom and hook (premieemie size used here)
  • 1 scissors
Supplies for making a yarn hat.


  1. Wrap two rows of yarn around the pegs on the loom twice, beginning at the end where there is a protruding peg. Starting with the first stitch, use the hook to bring the first loop on the peg up and over the second loop. I like to do the first stitch to the left of the peg and then the yarn is held into place. Go all the way around the loom. Continue in this manner for ten rows to make the rim of the hat. If you run out of yarn, simply use a square knot to tie another color of yarn to the ending piece of yarn.
  2. Using a round loom to make a yarn hat.
    Using a round loom to make a yarn hat.
    Using a round loom to make a yarn hat.

  3. After ten rows are completed, going into the inside of the hat, bring the loops of the first row up to the top of the peg. This makes a double thickness, and is the rim of the hat. Continue until all of the first row loops are brought up on the peg. Then, using the hook go around the loom again, making the stitches just like you have been doing. Once complete, continue with knitting more rows in the same manner as before. Ten to fifteen more rows should make a good size. I usually just guess what looks proportionately correct.
  4. For the last step, cut your yarn off, leaving about two feet of yarn at the end of your last row. Using this strand of yarn, wrap around each peg, pulling the strand through with each stitch. At the end of the row, all the stitches are off of the pegs. Pull yarn until the top of hat is formed. Knot securely. Tuck end of yarn into inside of hat and cut off excess yarn.
  5. Using a round loom to make a yarn hat.
    Using a round loom to make a yarn hat.
    Using a round loom to make a yarn hat.
    Yarn for making a hat.

  6. These are fun to make for preemies at the hospital or newborns if you use a larger size hat loom.

4 Questions

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February 3, 2013

Are there a video I can watch? I am having trouble following the instructions in New Stitches on Circle Looms.

By rogerkaye


February 16, 20130 found this helpful

Did you possibly look on YouTube? Type in what you are looking for and it might show up for there are all types of video's for just about anything! Hope this helps

December 28, 20170 found this helpful

So far I have not found a video.... I also have had a difficult time with the pattern and am a visual learner!! promised a video but it has not gone up yet but I keep watching for it.

December 28, 20170 found this helpful

No videos available

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February 14, 2010

I am trying to make the woven hat pattern from Knifty Knitter's "Learn New Stitches" book for circle looms. I am having trouble following the woven pattern. The yellow loom seems too big.

I have only used this one for making draw string bags to use as totes. Has anyone made this hat yet? Could someone put instructions on You Tube? I asked at Michael's for a video, but they didn't have anything. Thanks for weaving me out of my misery.


By Debra from Canada


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February 15, 20100 found this helpful

Is there a forum for Knifty Knitter at the manufacturer's website, where you could ask? Beyond that, I'm sorry I can't be of much help, because I don't know how to use the Knifty Knitter. :-(

March 21, 20100 found this helpful

I have made many of these hats. I use two yarns at once. The yellow loom is big but when you are done with the hat and take it off the loom, it does seem to shrink a little. You mention you are having problems, but you don't say exactly what the problems are. I also think the yellow one is a bit big but not for a man, and I use the green one, next size down for a smaller size.


I do not pull the yarn tight, ever. I bought a kit from Reader's Digest a few years back to learn how to make sweaters and such and the loom from that kit has more pegs and closer together and I use that one most of the time now and love it. You can also make one with a round picture frame and nails. Go on line and check out videos.

April 25, 20100 found this helpful

I'm having trouble too. The woven top is too loose.

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January 12, 2013

I made a designed hat (with snowflakes around it) on the green Knifty Knitter loom, which has 36 pegs, but it was too small. The bigger loom I have is yellow and has 41 pegs. Problem! 41 is a prime number, so I can't divide it out to make an evenly spaced pattern around my hat. Can I just skip a peg, or will that make my hat look funny? I mean, can I use 40 of the 41 pegs, since 40 is not a prime number?


By Jess

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