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March 7, 2020

Best Basic Hat Pattern for Beginner Loom Knitters

Inside: The loom knit basic beanie full pattern with video.

Basic can mean lots of things. Easy, plain, or an outdated computer language.

But basic can also mean tried-and-true, tested and comfortable. The basic beanie pattern is your go-to hat pattern.

Need a quick gift? Basic Beanie to the rescue.

Looking to make hats for the homeless? Basic Beanie is the one.

Need a reliable pattern in multiple sizes? Yup, Basic Beanie for the win!

loom knit basic beanie finished project
Basic or Extraordinary? You decide!

The loom knit basic beanie has all the features of an easy hat pattern.

  • Ribbed brim for a good fit
  • Bulky yarn for a quick knit
  • Stockinette stitch for the main part of the hat (Let’s face it. Even when you know how to purl well working all knit stitches really is faster.)
  • Gathered (drawstring) bind off for a quick finish. (I’ve also included the modified gathered bind off to make the top of the hat less bulky.)

This pattern was designed just for beginners, but it’s ideal for any level loom knitter.

I also decided to make this a multi-size pattern so you can use one pattern from newborn to adult woman.

Also, you won’t want to miss my tips and notes. The tutorial video below is LOADED with information to not only help you make the pattern but correct some common problems that crop up when knitting in the round on a loom.


Loom Knit Basic Beanie

By Kristen Mangus

A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store and from Ravelry at the links below:

Cozy, warm and easy enough for a beginner to loom knit in no time.  This ribbed brim beanie is worked in stockinette stitch (that’s all knit stitches) for the main body of the hat and uses a modified crown to make a less bulky top.  Sized to fit newborn to adult woman. 

MATERIALS

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Yarn

Bulky #5 yarn.  22 (41, 75) yds

Loops & Threads Charisma Big  (300 g / 10.5 oz, 300 m / 328 yds) in color Electric Blue used in sample. 

Loom

5/8” large gauge (LG) loom with 24 (36, 48) pegs. 

Suggested looms:
Knitting Board ‘Premium’ Chunky Round Knitting Loom 24 (36, 48 pegs); used in samples.

Kiss Looms Small Gauge Short 2-Way Adjustable Loom (set up to use 24, 36 or 48 pegs in the round) [NOTE: This loom has an adjustable gauge so you can insert 3 washers to increase the gauge to 5/8”.]

CinDWood  5/8″ gauge Adult Hat Loom (24, 36 or 48 pegs)

Notions

Tapestry needle
1 Stitch marker to mark starter peg 1

ABBREVIATIONS

K = Uwrap knit

P = Purl

Rem = Remaining

Rep = Repeat

Rnd(s) = Round(s)

St(s) = Stitch(es)

If you need a refresher on any stitches or skills check out these posts:

How to Loom Knit: The Basics
How to Loom Knit: Stitch Patterns
13 Questions for Beginner Loom Knitters

GAUGE

5.75 sts x 11 rows in 2” (5 cm) in stockinette using the Uwrap knit 

SKILL LEVEL 

Easy

MEASUREMENTS

9 (14, 17) inches circumference [fits heads 13 (19.5, 23) inches]  x 5.5 (7, 9.5) inches high 

23 (36, 43) cm circumference [fits heads 33 (50, 58) cm]  x 14 (18, 24) cm high.

SIZE

Newborn (6 months-5 yrs, 6 yrs-Adult Woman)

loom knit basic beanie finished hats in 3 sizes
Matching hats in multiple sizes!

NOTES 

Beanie is worked in the round. For right handed knitters work from right to left (clockwise); work in the opposite direction for left handed knitters (counter clockwise).  

Cast on: I recommend the longtail cast on, but you may use another cast on method if you prefer.

Brim: Pattern is written using a 2 x 2 ribbing for brim.  1 x 1 ribbing can be substituted as follows: Rnd 1: *K1, P1 rep from * to end of rnd. 

Knit stitch: I recommend using the Uwrap knit.  Be sure to work loosely to achieve the correct gauge.  Tight knitters may be able to use the true knit stitch.  While Ewrap can be for this project it will make a looser knit and larger beanie.  With the same loom and yarn I knit a gauge of 5 sts x 8 rows in 2” (5 cm) in E wrap stockinette stitch.

size comparison showing u wrap knit vs. e wrap knit
Can you see the size difference just by changing which knit stitch you use?

Adjustments:  To change yarn or loom sizes cast on a multiple of 4 for best results. Work brim and work length of hat to desired length based on hat sizes chart below.

hat sizes chart

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 24, (36, 48) sts and connect in the round. Place marker on Peg 1.

Brim:

Rnd 1: *K2, P2 rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep Rnd 1 5 (5, 11) more times until piece measures about 1.5 (1.5, 2) inches [4 (4, 5) cm] or until desired length of brim.

Stockinette Stitch Pattern:

Rnd 1: K all sts.

Rep Rnd 1 until knitting measures 5.5 (7, 9.5) inches [14 (18, 24) cm]. 

Modified Gathered Bind-off:

ROUND 1

Step 1: Wrap working yarn around entire loom circumference one and a half times and cut yarn.
Step 2: Place working yarn below the stitch on the first peg, and pull up a loop as if to purl.  Pull the yarn all the way through and take stitch off peg.
Step 3: Pass the working yarn behind the next peg and skip this peg.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 all the way around the loom.  At the end of this round every other peg will be empty. Do not fully tighten or pull the slack yet.

ROUND 2

Step 4: Place working yarn above the stitch on the first peg, and pull down a loop as if working the true knit stitch. Pull working yarn all the through and take stitch off of peg.
Step 5: Pass the working yarn behind the empty pegs and repeat Step 4 for the remaining stitches. Continue until all stitches are off the loom.

Turn knitting inside out and gently pull on working yarn to tighten the top of the hat. 

Tip: It helped me to place my finger in the opening and tighten the drawstring around my fingertip as a guide while tightening. Make sure all the stitches are tightened fully before tying off.

Tie a knot and weave in ends.


PIN IT!

loom knit basic beanie pin image

Watch the full tutorial for the Loom Knit Basic Beanie:

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Kristen Mangus
About Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the Owner, Host and Creative Director of GoodKnit Kisses. GoodKnit Kisses is a company positioned to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal on-line community of followers by sharing her personal passion for knitting and all things creative through YouTube video tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and patterns. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.

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