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WhatIWore: Looking for a fun and easy project that you can complete while cozy on your couch? Make your own jeweled knit hat, no knitting skills required! Read on for the simple steps to make your own glam beanie. 

I love to sew and I’ve dabbled in crochet, but I’ve never learned to knit. That hasn’t stopped me from making dozens of cozy winter hats.  I got my loom and hook set as a Christmas gift quite a few years ago and bring it out each season to make a new hat.

You could also skip making your own hat and use a plain beanie you already own, or skip the beading at the end - do what works for you!

Here are the supplies I used for my hat:

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  • Knifty Knitter Loom Set
  • Two Skeins of Black Yarn (different brands)
  • 1 Multipack of Black Beads
  • Beading Needle, Thread, Scissors
First you’re going to make your hat! Your loom should come with instructions, but here’s the jist of it: Wrap your yarn around each peg, completing the entire circle of the loom twice.  Using the supplied tool, hook the bottom row of yarn and flip it over the peg.
NOTE: I like using two strands of yarn for a really thick hat. The two blacks I used are from different brands, giving me a slightly heathered look as well. You can mix colors too! 

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Repeat this process until you have DOUBLE the length you want for your brim.

Now that you’ve created enough length, you’ll go back to your first row and wrap that back onto the loom, which creates two rows of yarn. Flip the bottom over the top and you have a thick and comfy brim.  Continue wrapping, hooking and flipping until the crown of your hat fits your head. 

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Now you’ll need to gather all of the remaining yarns off the loom using the plastic needle that comes with your kit. Draw up the gathering yarn and your hat has taken shape!  Don’t cut those long yarns yet….

…if you want to had a pom pom on top! There are tools out there to assist in making a pom, but I just used my iPhone and wrapped yarn around it.  Then I took another piece of yarn and tied it tightly under and around the wrapped yard.  Next I cut the yarn opposed the tie and trimmed my pom pom down until it was the right size.  Be sure not to cut the long yarn you used to tie the pom off with - that will help you attach it to the hat.

Thread the long yarns through the top of your hat.  From there, tie off all of the remaining long yarns to each other and snip them off.  

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You can stop here or add some additional embellishment to your hat.  I used tonal beads and rhinestones so they shine a bit in the sun without being too bold - but use whatever you want! 

Anchor your matching thread with a few stitches, sew on the bead and secure. Clip your thread and move onto the next bead. Add as little or as many jewels as you want! 

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15 Jan 2013


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