Can't knit? Can't crochet? Not a problem. If I can do this, you can do this.
As someone who owns a small library of everything one might need to learn how to crochet, I have to admit, I simply can't get it through my head, or I'm not willing to invest in a learning period. Even "How to Crochet for Dummies" gathers dust in my house. The day this loom arrived in our mail, I made a hat. It is THAT easy. I purchased an inexpensive round loom, opened the package, read the very brief instructions, and made a hat without a hitch in just a few hours. No, I don't work for any of the companies that produce these products, I'm just that hooked on them, and can't help but to emphasize, this is an easy project for the young, not so young, male or female. If you already know how to use a circle loom, perfect! Simply replace the yarn with T-SHIRT YARN, and you are well on your way!
Enter the round, plastic knitting loom.
Though it is easy enough for a child, it is far from childish. There are so many websites and internet groups dedicated to this very craft. Many absolutely gorgeous articles are made with this type of loom in all sizes. There are also rectangular looms available to make scarves, blankets and other items.
In a world that seems to have forgotten a theme of ‘waste not, want not’, this project utilizes materials that might otherwise be thrown into the trash. When you see what you can make with what is often thought of as disposable clothing, you might look at your stretched-out, dirty T-shirts in a whole new light! Though the intended fabric is yarn, I've put a bit of a twist on the project, and have used long cord-like material made from T-shirts.
How long will this take?
Depending on how fast you work, it should take no more than two minutes to wind the yarn around the pegs, and two to three minutes to hook over. While timing my hook overs, a stopwatch timed one round at 2:22:21. It is okay to work a little faster or a little slower than this, it is not a contest. Quality before quantity, I always say.
You can certainly follow the directions using yarn, but for a true T-shirt snood, please visit my Instructable - How to Recycle T-Shirts into Seamless Yarn
A snood, or a slouch, slouchy hat, slouchy beanie, etc. is a head covering that is typically worn by people of any gender, with longer hair, braids, or dreads. Heck, you could even stuff a head full of those old pink hair rollers, and no one would be the wiser! Think Bob Marley! Well, not with rollers in his hair.
If you don't like or need the extra length, or don't like the style, you can easily shorten the hat. Simply reduce the number of colors used, or don't change the colors at all.
See Step #1 for many details about looms. From step one, you should be able to determine which loom you would like to try, though you will likely end up wanting additional looms in other sizes once you see how easy it is to make projects.
Materials and items necessary for this project:
You will need a special round loom that is widely available in many stores, and is quite abundant online. They are typically made of plastic, though I can vouch for the durability of the Knifty Knitter brand by ProvoCraft. The plastic is tough, but the loom should not be exposed to extreme heat, cold or other damaging elements, and of course, should not be dropped. Take care of your loom, and it will last for years to come. Most looms sold include the plastic needle and hook tool. The hook tool is an extremely updated version of what the older generation remembers using to hook the old wooden spool loom - a bent nail.
Some of you may remember using a very similar loom as a child - a mere wooden spool with nails driven into it. I would sit for hours, winding, looping and making long chains. Simply long chains, never amounting to an actual project. Fast forward, and the craft has come back to me!
Be certain to choose a loom size that is a little larger than the head intended to wear the hat, as the knitting / looming process will produce a smaller weave. Whether you add a brim or not will also affect the fit of the hat.
Below are just a few of the many companies selling such a loom. Make sure you do your homework, and not pay too much! I purchased my loom set online for $14.47, and received free shipping.
PROVO CRAFT - Knifty Knitter. Looms are often sold in a kit featuring various looms, a plastic needle, instructions, and a nifty gadget to lift the loops over the plastic pegs. The set I have, and love, is a Knifty Knitter Round Loom Set which specifically states is 'ideal for bulky yarn'. Includes 5-1/2" blue loom, 7-1/2" red loom, 9-1/2" green loom, and 11-1/2" yellow loom, instructions, needle and tool.
Provocraft also sells a purple loom that is 10 1/4" (or 26 cm) said to be more the size for an average adult head, 'ideal for medium yarn'. My husband has a 7 1/8" head. A t-shirt hat made on the green Knifty Knitter loom is too tight, while the yellow was just right.
Also available from Provocraft, Knifty Knitter 210314 Loom Series w/ Slim Jim (a rectangular shape for scarves)
BOYE - Round Loom Set. Also sold in kit form. Contains needle, instructions, hook tool and instructions.
CRA-Z-ART - Cra-Z-Knit Hat Kit. Web details state it includes a loom, yarn and more. 11.3", 10.7", 2.9"
DARICE - Set of 4 round knitting looms. 11”, 9”, 7”, 5-1/2”
KURTZY - Set of 4 round knitting looms. 14cm (5.5"), 19cm (7.5"), 24cm (9.5"), 29cm (11.5")
BOYE – Set of 4 round knitting looms. 5-1/2”, 7-1/2”; 9-1/2”, 11-1/2”
QUICK KNIT LOOM - Creativity for Kids
TRIBALSENSATION - 4 Set Circular Knitting Loom - 14cm (5.5") 19cm (7.5") 24cm (9.5") 29cm (11.5")