How do I make a loom hat?

Let me start by saying – I am in no way talented when it comes to crafts.  As a matter of fact, when I told my mother that I had started loom knitting a few years ago, she immediately burst into hysterical fits of laughter.  Just to punish her, I sent her my first hat & scarf and she wore them all the time.  Now, I am totally addicted to loom knitting.  It is fun, easy & helps me feel productive and less guilty when I’m watching mindless television.

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This is our 91-year-old grandmother making her first Sassy Cap, proving you are never too old to learn to loom knit!

Materials Needed:

  • 9-10″ loom with a little hook (comes with it)
  • Soft yarn in a fun color (can get 1-2 hats per skein, depending on the yarn)
  • Optional: Decorative yarn for the brin (feathers, fur, etc.)

For more discussion on what types of yarn & looms work best, click here: The stuff…

Directions:

Most looms come with written directions, but I learn best by watching someone do it.  Here’s a great video tutorial that shows how to loom knit  a basic hat, from start to finish.  The instructor uses 2 strands of yarn to make the hat a little tighter, but I just use one.  I don’t mind that my hats have a little more breathing space, and the softer yarns are often a little thicker.  But experiment!  Have fun!

Now what?

Congratulations!  You are officially a Sassy Capper!  Now you are ready to package your hat to give away.  Click here for  printable labels and directions: Sassy Caps

The stuff…

As I’ve mentioned, I’m not a super crafty person, but I do like buying “the stuff” to do crafty things!  Stuff is a good word for it, because I usually have to then “stuff” it into my closet, rarely to be seen or heard from again.

Good news – there is “stuff” for loom knitting.  Even better news – it costs less than $10 and packs up small.  🙂  Basically, all you need is a loom kit and some yarn.

THE LOOM

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All looms are not created equal.  In fact, I purchased one for a friend that broke the first time she used it.  I like the Knifty Knitter looms (available here on amazon.com), but if you don’t want a whole set with different sizes, I also like the single 9.5″ loom by Loops & Threads (available at your local Michaels).

THE YARN

There are basically made up of 2 types of yarn – workhorse yarns & decorative yarn.  I am not a yarn snob.  I go with what is soft (no scratchy Super Saver yarn), fun, convenient, and on sale.

Workhorse Yarns – These are the yarns that will make up the most part of the caps – the part that covers the heads.  You can usually get 2 caps per skein of yarn, so these are pretty economical.  Of course, you should experiment to see what you like best, but these are the ones that I’ve used and liked:

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  • Spun Yarns – I like the texture of these yarns for loom-knitting a cap.  I’ve found 2 brands that I use a lot.  Lion Brand’s Homespun and Loops & Threads’ Country Loom Yarn.  Both work great and both come in variegated colors, which makes the caps interesting with less work for you!
  • Thick, Chunky Yarns (but not too thick) – Lion Brand has a Hometown USA label that has nice bright colors.  For you advanced loomers, I just do a regular “e-wrap” stitch when I use these yarns or they become too dense.
  • Free yarn or yarn in the perfect color – I don’t always get to choose the perfect texture of yarn.  For instance, I really wanted neon green (which is the color of lymphoma awareness) for a friend of mine.  You can see from the picture (it’s the ball all the way on the right), the only yarn I could find was a thinner one than I typically like to use.  No problem, I just used 2 strands of it instead of 1 and it worked out fine. Of course, it’s my gorgeous friend and her beautiful smile that gives it extra sass!.

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Decorative Yarns – These yarns provide the sparkle, fur, & feathers – in short, they will put the Sassy in your Cap.  I have made caps that are completely loomed from decorative yarns & they come out neat, but that can get pricey & sometimes comes off a little over the top.  Since these yarns tend to cost  more, I make them last by using them only on the brims or for embellishment.  They seem like they would be delicate or difficult to work with, but they all work just fine on the loom with a regular stitch.

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  • Eyelash –  What could be Sassier than glitter?  Martha Stewart makes a Glitter Eyelash yarn that sasses up boring workhorse yarns in style.  I made a plain cream-colored cap with Loops & Threads Country Loom yarn, but adding a gold Glitter Eyelash brim made it totally Sassy!
  • Fun Fur – Lion Brand’s Fun Fur is not as glittery, and a bit longer than the eyelash.  I love the super soft, fun texture it gives to caps.
  • Feather Yarn – I made an entire cap from this Bernat Boa Yarn.  It was SO soft (although it did have a Cookie Monster-esque vibe… might have been the bright blue color)