Introduction: How to Create Hats for Babies
These technical instructions will provide a clear step-by-step process on how to make a small hat for babies. No experience is required to be able to work through these instructions. The only resource needed is access to a local crafts store or an online website to gather the required materials.
Yarn (no specific type)
Step 1: Tying Yarn Onto Anchor Peg
The first step is to tie the end of the yarn to the anchor peg on the loom, which is the peg that’s sticking out on the side. Just a simple knot will do.
Step 2: Starting the Hat
To get started, begin wrapping the yarn around each of the pegs, starting with the peg to the right of the anchor peg. To wrap the peg, go around the back first and then bring the yarn around the front. You’ll be wrapping the yarn clockwise around the peg, but counterclockwise around the loom. Make sure that you don’t pull the yarn too tightly while you’re wrapping it around the pegs, otherwise you’ll have a hard time later when you need to use the hook.
Step 3: Push Yarn Down and Wrap a Second Time
After you’ve wrapped all of the pegs with the yarn, push the yarn to the bottom of each peg, because we’re going to wrap them again. Do not push the second row of yarn down, the two rows will need to be evenly spaced when you begin the weaving process.
Step 4: Prepare to Begin Weaving
Once you’ve wrapped the pegs twice, you should have two evenly spaced rows of yarn looped around the loom. At this point you’ll be picking up your hook to get started on weaving the hat. Pay attention to the part of the loom where your yarn is extended down, because it will help you remember where you left off.
Step 5: Weaving
To begin weaving you will start with the peg that is to the right of the last one you wrapped. The hook will be used to bring the bottom strand over the top strand and peg. While doing this step the video is helpful to watch. Make sure when weaving it is woven tightly.
Step 6: Leaving Out Last Peg
Once you make it around the loom, you are going to continue by once again wrapping the yarn around the pegs, but this time you will leave the last peg unwrapped. After you’re done wrapping the pegs again, you’re going to pick up your hook and do the same thing as before, lifting the bottom strand of yarn over the top. It is important to note that every time you wrap the pegs you should push the yarn down as it makes the weaving process easier. We found that 4 ½ inches is a good length for a baby hat, but you may stop this process at whatever length you deem appropriate.
Step 7: Reaching Size of Hat
Once you have reached your desired size of your baby hat you may cut the yarn, but make sure to leave about 12-18 inches so there is room to close the hat up.
Step 8: Removing Hat From the Loom
Thread the end of the yarn you just cut through the needle to begin removing the hat from the loom. Starting at the peg that is to the right of the last one you wrapped, you’re going to pull the needle under the wrapped strand of yarn and up, removing that wrapped strand off of the peg as you do so. Continue to do this with the rest of the pegs until the hat is removed from the loom. Use the scissors to cut the yarn attached to the anchor peg so the hat is completely detached.
Step 9: Tightening/Securing Hat
Next, you’re going to take the longer strand of yarn that was just threaded through the hat and pull it to tighten. This will form the top of the hat. Then use the needle to “sew” back and forth through the top of the hat to seal the hole and keep it from coming apart. There’s no specific number of times you need to do this, it’s just until you feel like everything is secure.
Step 10: Finishing
Once you feel the hat is secure, you’re ready to cut the loose yarn. Make sure to tie a knot at the end of the loose yarn so that nothing comes undone. Don’t forget to tie off the yarn on the brim of the hat and cut off the excess yarn as well.
Step 11: You're Done!
You did it! You now have a lovely little baby hat that will keep a baby warm!