Introduction: Knit a Slouchy Hat on a Round Loom

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I learned how to knit a hat last year - I can't believe I'm just now documenting it. I'm not a huge fan of hats but this slouchy hat style is super comfortable and warm!

Knitting on a loom is easy even if you've never done it before. This is a fantastic beginner's project - it will help you understand what your stitches should look like and how the process works. I think once you complete this slouchy hat you'll be hooked on loom knitting - I know I am. :D

Looking for another loom project? I've got one up for knitting an infinity scarf as well!

Step 1: What You'll Need:

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Head to the next step to learn more about what yarn works best. :)

Step 2: Choosing Your Yarn

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The only downside to knitting looms is that there can be quite a bit of space between the knitting because there are large spaces between the pegs! If you use a thin yarn, it can end up very open and airy. Thicker yarns make your items look fuller and more traditional.

Above is a photo of three hats made from different types of yarn:

  • blue hat - knitted with one strand of standard acrylic/wool blend yarn. One strand makes it a really open knit, very floppy, not very warm.
  • red hat - knitted with two strands of standard acrylic yarn. (Just pulled from two skeins at once, used the two pieces of yarn as one.) Stiffer and fuller.
  • green hat - knitted with chunky 50/50 acrylic/wool blend yarn. Soft and full. (This is the yarn I used.)

I recommend using either one strand of chunky thread, or two strands of standard size yarn. That will give you the fullest and warmest hat. :D

Step 3: Attach a Slip Knot to the Horizontal Peg

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Pull the yarn end out of your skein and make a slipknot near the end. (You don't need much of a tail at all!)

Loop this onto the horizontal loom peg and pull tight.

Step 4: Begin Wrapping the Pegs

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You can go to the left or right - it all depends on what's comfortable you for. I'm left handed, so I'm going to the left.

Bring the yarn behind the first vertical peg and then around the front. Continue this all the way around - start on one side of the horizontal peg and end on the other side.

Don't wrap too hard - I try not to pull at all. :)

Once you have all the pegs wrapped once, wrap them one more time. Now you'll have two loops on each peg.

Step 5: Knit Your First Row

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Take your knitting hook and go to the last peg you wrapped. (For me, that's the first peg to the right of the horizontal one.)

Push the hook under the bottom loop and pull it over the top of the peg. That's your first stitch!! SO FANCY.

Now loop the bottom yarn over all around the loom.

To continue your knitting, you'll want to wrap all the pegs again (just once! so you have two loops of yarn on each) and then bring the bottom yarn loop over the top of the peg. Wrapping and looping the yarn over the tops of the peg is really all we'll be doing. Nice and easy!

You might think it doesn't look like much right now, but it's going to look great soon! The side you see when knitting is the wrong side - check the underside of your work to see the pretty stitches.

Step 6: Knitting the Brim

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First we're going to focus on making the brim of the hat. We're going to be knitting a few rows and then folding them over so we can get a thick, doubled over bit of knitting. This makes the hat look more finished and also helps keep the hat in place on your head.

Decide how wide you want your brim to be (I always do between 2-3 inches) and keep knitting until the length of your work is double the width you want the brim to be. For me, this was about 15 rows of knitting.

P.S. After you have a few rows of stitches, pull the slipknot off the horizontal peg and let the yarn end hang free. Keeping it there can lead to pulling, which will make your stitches a little wonky. (See the second photo to see when to remove it!)

Step 7: Folding Over the Brim

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Once your brim piece is long enough, set the loom down on a flat surface peg side up. Make sure your working yarn comes through where it needs to be to keep knitting without any big gaps.

Feel along the very beginning of the knitting - you'll notice that at the edge there are large open loops. We're going to take these loops and put them back over the pegs. :)

Step 8: Finish the Brim

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Once it's folded over, tuck in the yarn end that you had slip knotted on the horizontal peg between the two pieces of the brim.

Then pull the bottom yarn loops over the top loops. Now the brim is secure.

Now you can wrap the pegs and start knitting as normal again!

Step 9: Keep Knitting!

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Keep knitting until you've done at least 20 more rows.

The sweet spot for a slouchy fitting hat is 25-30 rows. I think this particular hat ended up at 28 rows, and that's mostly just because I got to the end of my skein of yarn! You'll get a more basic hat by sticking closer to 20 rows.

(P.S. Don't worry about counting as you go. I never do. :P It's easy to count them after you've done them!)

Step 10: Remove the Hat From the Loom

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Now we'll finally use that yarn needle!

Make sure you have enough rows and there's only one loop of yarn on each peg.

Cut the your working yarn so it's between 12-20 inches long - this'll make the next part easier. Thread the working yarn through the needle.

Push the needle up into the loop on the peg to the right of where your working yarn is laying. Carefully pull the loop off the peg and onto the yarn. Keep doing this all the way around.

Step 11: Knot the Hat End Closed

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With the hat still right side out, begin to pull the yarn end nice and tight.

This will gather the top of the hat.

Once it's gathered as far as it will go (you will have a tiny hole left open) push the needle into some of the stitches at the very top of the hole and knot a couple times.

Step 12: Turn It Right Side Out and Enjoy!

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Now you can make ALL THE HATS.


RavenclawWaffle (author)2017-08-25

Dang never mind its to dark to get a picture in.

RavenclawWaffle (author)2017-08-25

I'm not done yet but I'm still pressing I Made it!

Amanda May made it! (author)2017-06-06

I used two different coloured yarns. I am really pleased with this and plan to make many more and scarfs to match. Thank you for this guide.

Sondrabass (author)2017-01-30

a very good instructable on the round loom.

MeganH88 made it! (author)2017-01-18

This is the 4th one I've made in 2 days! I added a pom pom to mine! Love this hat!

SusanF93 (author)2017-01-15

am I doing something wrong my work doesn't seem a tight knit in between the pegs or is that how it's supposed to be

dicksonhannahk made it! (author)2017-01-12

love the website


I will tell all my friends about it

Please don't us hand pics cause I can not understand those

What u do know works just fine

U r the only I men only website that has had pictures that actually make sense to my brain and it is really hard for me to understand pictures

This is what I mean about the hand pictures i don't really understand

But your picks helped me make this hat I got the dizziness off line went to so many web sites just so I could put this cool pattern on a hat that I could call my own thank u so much ?

Zighelsd made it! (author)2017-01-06

Love my new hat! Thanks for your fabulous step by step instructions

midiansangel (author)2017-01-06

I haven't bought my loom yet, simply because I couldn't find a set of instructions that were simple to follow and explained the difference in the finished item using different yarn thicknesses.

Now that I've read this ... I'm off to buy myself a loom!

Thank you for this, I found it most useful x

gnysgrl made it! (author)2016-11-25

Some how I made it inside out, or whatever. I wound up with it the wrong way when it came to finishing it. BUT, I used the 9.5" loom and now my toddler granddaughter will have get own hipster slouchy hat so she can be like her aunt.

HH12 made it! (author)2016-09-29

I started being creative with it.

PartPurple made it! (author)2016-02-23

Finished mine today! This was my second loom-knitting project. LOVE this yarn (Homespun by Lion Brand in "Prairie").

PartPurple (author)PartPurple2016-02-23

Just to add, my version was about 12" from the edge of the brim to the last knitted row. The slouch easily covers my ponytail-gathered hair at the back of my head. :) To finish, I pulled stitch 1 off of peg 1 and onto peg 2, then knitted peg 2's original stitch over peg 1's yarn. Repeat with stitch 3 to peg 4, stitch 5 to peg 6, etc. (Sorry, still learning the lingo!) Then I gathered the remaining stitches as in the directions above.

debobb (author)PartPurple2016-09-16

Like the way you finished your hat. It makes for less bulk and the hole closes much better. Thanks

Alexa N DewayneS made it! (author)2016-03-29

I make and sell stuff like this on a daily basis! We do so much more than just hats on a loom though. Go check it out!

ppennock (author)2016-03-06

I have made 25 hats all going to the homeless

Weeping_angel (author)2016-02-19

When continuing to knit as regular, do I wrap the pegs once or wrap them twice like when making the brim?

rboynton (author)2016-02-19

I am a newbie to loom work, but I would like to make one of these for a baby. Could it be easily adjusted for a baby?

jessyratfink (author)rboynton2016-02-19

Yup! Just use the smallest circular loom. Here's a photo of one I made for my nephew Max. :D

It's been so long I can't remember how many rows I knitted, though!

JoslynP (author)2015-11-25

I noticed I had less yards of yarn in one skein of chunky than you, is it possible to make a hat with just 64 yds?

AprilP16 (author)JoslynP2015-11-27

I love using hometown USA on my loom for hats and scarfs. Using this pattern, (15 rows for brim) i was able to make a hat with 64 yards.

Im using a Large - 36 pegs on my loom. My brim came out to about 2 inches. I was able to work in 20 or 21 rows thereafter. Total length including brim is about 8 inches. Which is ideal for an adult woman or lean man. :)

bmcelik (author)AprilP162016-01-15

oh good it worked. I use hometown USA too! :) I need to use my yarn up. This will be a good use for my hometown USA yarn. If it worked for you, it works for me.

20sdoty (author)JoslynP2016-01-12

yea most likely, it'll look a lil short though...

20sdoty (author)20sdoty2016-01-12

srry didnt reply just got back from India...

20sdoty (author)20sdoty2016-01-12

srry didnt reply just got back from India...

20sdoty made it! (author)2016-01-12


angelajean65 (author)2016-01-11

I made it. This was my first try and somehow I got off track and I was off a couple of pegs. It only affected one little spot on the brim so I just wear it with the little indent on the bottom.

TheatreCrazyRedhead (author)2015-12-05

Thank you SO much for this easy to follow pattern! I just finished my first hat using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick and went through almost the entire skein. I used a 36-peg loom after finding the 41-peg to be too big. I didn't count the rows - I just eyeballed it - and it came out perfect. I'm now going to raid my yarn stash and make more!

Omg thank u 4 trying 36 pegs cuz i have 36 pegs and i was fraid it wouldn't work

Was it sluchy enough on the 36-peg loom?

Yes it was. I think the slouchy quality comes from the length rather than the size of the loom. I was worried that the circumference would be too small for my adult son but it fit perfectly. I'm making one for my husband now with the same yarn but with the 41-peg loom. His head's a bit bigger. ;-)

KandyB2 (author)2016-01-06

Am I pitting the slip stich tail through all 40 loops???

Kennedydunnings (author)2015-12-30









CaroleB9 (author)2015-11-21

like the directions

OliviaC8 made it! (author)2015-11-14

Thank you so much for the instructions. I've tried to make a few slouchy hats, but they always come out too stiff. I did 35 rows after the brim; probably could have left a few out and still have a slouchy hat. Thanks again :)

Redcaterpie (author)2015-09-11

This looks really cool :) also is there a way of making Link's hat from The Legend Of Zelda (longer and pointed) using this method? Possibly more stitches for length but I have no idea about a making point

-Lacey- (author)Redcaterpie2015-09-29

Have you figured that out yet? I wanna make one too!

Ez20061 (author)2015-09-25

dwhite0 (author)2015-09-05

Sure would like to know the color used in this instructable, and where you got it, if you remember.


KylieV (author)2015-07-02

JordanD4 made it! (author)2015-07-01

Going to make so much more!

Kennadie (author)2015-05-30

What color of yarn did you use? It is so pretty!!

emlu.voon (author)2015-03-02

One of the many hats I've made thanks to you ;)

Doganie made it! (author)2014-12-21

Had some left-over chunky yarn, so I made another one! This time I skipped every other peg and cable-knit a pattern into it!

This is such a great and easy way to make hats as Christmas presents. I'll have to buy some more yarn later!

jessyratfink (author)Doganie2015-02-12

So pretty!!

smalltownatlantis made it! (author)2015-01-03

This was a super helpful tutorial! I have a Martha Stewart loom kit so I put it together in the configuration that the kit suggests. This ended up being a little big... So I made two hats. The first is white and very large. But I still like it. The second is a dark blue wool with reflective thread throughout. The thread didn't have as much stretch and it ended up as a tighter knit. Both turned out really nice! I did have to make up some rules for myself at the beginning though as the loom I have does not have an extra peg to tie the slip knot to.

That is an awesome looking loom - love the hat too! :D

tessheld (author)2015-02-12

Very well done! I'm wondering, since your instructions were so easy to follow, do you have one on cable knitting? I'd love to know how on a loom. All the other sites or instructions I have come across have been very hard to follow and most use needles versus a loom.

jessyratfink (author)tessheld2015-02-12

Oooh, I can look into it for you! I've always loved the way it looks and I think it would be fun to learn. :D

Mysterious_Gal (author)2015-02-07

Adorable :)

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