How to knit ribbed hat patterns with knifty knitters

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How to knit ribbed hat patterns with knifty knitters
Knit ribbed hats (laine image by martine Wagner from

Ribbed hats are comfortable, practical and can offer a bit of additional fitting ease. You can knit a ribbed hat pattern on your Knifty Knitter loom or another round knitting loom. Whether you want to use a pattern designed for the loom or work a standard needle knitting pattern on your loom, knitting ribbing is easier than you might think. Knit a ribbed hat brim for your hat or an entire rib-knit hat.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Bulky weight yarn or a double strand of worsted weight
  • Hook
  • Yarn needle

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  1. 1

    Secure the end of the yarn around the small tack or post on your loom. Hold the loom with the opening and pegs facing you, then wrap in a clockwise direction. Wrap the yarn under, over and around each peg in an e-wrap cast on. Wrap again to complete the cast on to your knitting loom.

  2. 2

    Anchor the yarn on the tack at the start of the round. Lift the lower loop over the upper loop and off the peg one loop at a time. Complete one round of loom knitting before you start the ribbed hat pattern.

  3. 3

    Do not wrap your next row before knitting; instead, wrap stitches one at a time to achieve a ribbed pattern for your loom-knit hat. Wrap the knit stitches with a typical e-wrap and knit over. Hold your yarn wrapped around the fingers of your left hand while your right hand manipulates the hook to maintain tension.

  4. 4

    Hold the working yarn in front of the peg. Reach down through the loop on the peg and pull up the working yarn. Pull the original loop off the peg on the loom and place your newly created loop onto the peg to form a purl stitch. Twist this loop if desired to form a twisted purl stitch and match your purls more closely to your loom-knitted knit stitches.

  5. 5

    Continue e-wrapping and knitting your knit stitches and purling the purl stitches in your ribbed hat pattern. Work the hat to the desired length. Remove it from the loom, gathering the stitches onto the end of your yarn. Weave in the ends of the yarn to finish your loom-knit hat.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose the right size loom for your project. Smaller looms will allow you to make baby or child size hats and larger ones an adult size hat.

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