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This is the first post in the series, which means we’ll be learning the very basics of loom knitting, like how to cast on, making the twisted knit stitch, and the terminology you’ll want to know. For our first project, we’ll be making a chunky double brim beanie. Hats are some of the easiest and fastest projects to knit on the loom, and you’ll be addicted to making them!
This tutorial is for an adult size beanie. If you want a child size beanie, try using the second largest loom in your set. Or for a baby/toddler size beanie, try the second smallest loom.
Finished project fits an average adult head (between 21″-23″).
For this project, you’ll need:
Large round knitting loom (I use & recommend the largest size from this set)
Loom knitting hook (the set above comes with one, but I prefer this one)
1 skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Fisherman
Anchor peg: The small peg extending from the side of your loom
First peg: The working peg to the right of the anchor peg
Last peg: The working peg to the left of your anchor peg
Loop: A loop made from wrapping your peg
Edge loop: A loop at the edge of your work made from casting on
Loom Knit Double Brim Beanie Tutorial
To start, make a slip knot around the small peg that sticks out from the side of your large round loom (this is the “anchor peg”). This just means the yarn will be secure while we cast on and knit the first few rows.
Take your working yarn and wrap it clockwise around the first peg, like so:
This kind of wrap creates and “e” shape around the peg, which is why it’s called an e-wrap. Here’s the backside for an extra visual:
Now wrap your next peg.
As you wrap your pegs, make sure you’re not wrapping it too tight. You want it to be pretty snug, but if you pull your loops too tight then it makes the next step very difficult.
Wrap to the last peg.
While holding on to your working yarn so your loops don’t unravel, use your free thumb to push all those loops down to the bottoms of the pegs.
Now we’re going to repeat the wrapping process. Wrap your yarn clockwise around the first peg, like so:
You’ll now have two loops on that peg. Wrap your next peg, and each peg around, until you reach the last peg and every peg has two loops on it.
While securing your working yarn (I like to loosely tie it around the anchor peg for this next step, but you might like to just hold it with your thumb), take your loom hook to the last peg you worked, and use the hook to lift the bottom loop up, going over the top loop, and slip it completely off the peg.
This loop might be a little tight, depending on how tightly you wrapped your loops, so if it’s too tight and you can’t lift it up and over then you may need to unravel and start over. Here’s what it should look like:
And a view from the back side:
Once the bottom loop is off the peg, move to the next peg to your right. (This should be the first peg; the peg you start each row with.) Repeat the last step; lift the bottom loop up over the top loop and off the peg.
Keep sliding each bottom loop off of their pegs.
And a view from the back side:
You may like to insert your hook from the top side of the bottom loop instead of from the bottom side.
It produces the same result, so just do what’s most comfortable for you! (I like to insert my hook from the top; I feel like it’s easier to get a rhythm that way.)
Keep going until you reach the last peg with a bottom loop. Slide that loop off the peg, and you’ve completed your e-wrap cast on!
Making The Twisted Knit Stitch
Now you’ll start knitting. Push the loops already on your pegs down to the bottom, then take your working yarn and wrap it clockwise around your first peg.
Continue wrapping each peg until you reach your last peg.
Use your hook to slip each bottom loop up and off each peg, just like you did before.
Continue around each peg until you reach the last peg.
Now you’ve completed your first row of stitches! The stitch we’re using is called the twisted knit stitch, due to the way the e-wrap loops give each stitch a slight ‘twisted’ look.
Continue knitting for 19 more rounds, so that you have 20 rows of stitches total. (At about your 5th or 6th row, you can remove the slip knot from your anchor peg and pull it loose, since if you leave it on too long it can pull your work and warp your stitches.)
Your work should look something like this:
And a view from the bottom side:
To create the brim of your hat you’ll want to find the loop at the bottom of your work that corresponds with the row that comes form working the first peg. Uncurl the bottom edge of your work, and locate the vertical line of stitches that leads up to the first peg (the peg directly to the right of your anchor peg). Here’s how I find mine:
The line of stitches to the left of my thumb, that has the working yarn coming out of it, is the row I’m looking for.
Now I’m going to move the working yarn out of the way so I can see the loop underneath it.
I’m going to pinch that loop, being careful not to pull it too loose, and slide it over the first peg (the peg directly to the right of my anchor peg).
This is the start of the brim! Once you have that first loop on the first peg, take the loop directly to the right of the loop you just pinched, and slide it over the next peg.
Continue like this around your loom, making sure that each loop at the edge of your work goes over its matching peg, so that you don’t have any gaps in the seam of your brim.
Once finished, your work should look something like this:
Now take your hook to the first peg, and slide the bottom loop up over the top loop, and off the peg.
Continue around your loom until you reach the last peg.
And now you have a brim!
To knit the body of the hat, repeat the steps you learned to make the twisted knit stitch; e-wrap each peg, slide the bottom loops off the pegs using your hook, push your new loops down to the bottom of the pegs, and repeat. Knit 20 rounds for a fitted hat, or knit up to 25 rounds for a slouchier-fitting hat (though be warned, you may need an extra skein of yarn for that).
For this part, you’ll need scissors and a tapestry needle.
Cut your working yarn from its skein, making sure it’s about 30″-35″ long, and thread your needle.
Slide your needle up under the right side of the loop on the first peg.
Thread the working yarn all the way through the loop, like so:
Repeat this step for each peg until you’ve threaded your working yarn through each loop.
Now take your hook, and gently remove the loop from the first peg.
Repeat this step for each peg around, until your hat is completely detached from the loom.
Pull your working yarn tight, closing up the top of your hat.
Making sure your needle is threaded, sew the closure tighter by criss-crossing the thread a few times through the closure.
If you’re not adding a pom pom, trim the remaining yarn tail.
If you’re adding a pom pom to your hat, don’t trim the remaining yarn yet! Take your needle and use it to sew the loose yarn in the brim of your hat, the yarn tail that came from your slip knot at the very beginning of your project, into the stitches so that it’s secure.
If you’re skipping the pom pom: you’re all done!
The pom-pom tutorial is coming next week or so- keep your eye out for that! Until then, you can use this tutorial to make your pom. I’ve referenced it many times and it’s a great resource!
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