Spreading Hope…a hat at a time.


After looking in my yarn stash and having the desire to whip out something special, my daughter made a football hat for a young chemo warrior.  She commented that we have made football hats before, but most of them were little for babies in the NICU.  Being a huge football fan herself, she wanted to make a football hat for another kid who loves football.

Football hat
<Free Pattern>

Made this hat on a 36 peg loom for a child

To create a this brim
Using a brown yarn
Row 1: e-wrap the pegs  (for this type of brim-garter stitch- I don’t use the peg on the side. I typically begin with the 1st peg and have my slip know part of the brim)
Row 2: purl stitch
Row 3:  e-wrap stitch
Row 4: purl stitch
Row 5:  e-wrap stitch
Row 6: purl stitch
Row 7:  e-wrap stitch
Row 8: purl stitch

For the rest of the hat
Using a brown yarn
e-wrap  12 rows (from bottom of brim to end of 12 row is 5 inches)
Change yarn to White yarn
Using a white yarn
e-wrap  4 rows
Change yarn to Brown yarn
Using a Brown yarn
e-wrap 3 rows

To close the hat
I use Jeannie Phillips method of closing the hat, as it creates a rounded, less bunchy top.   You knit 2 pegs, then purl 2 pegs for 3 rows.
Go around the loom twice and then cut off the yarn
With a threaded tapestry needle, you remove all the purl stitched pegs and pull as tight as you progress
You can find Jeannie’s video tutorial link on our Tutorials Page under “Binding Off (or Finishing the Hat)”  – Flat Drawstring Cast Off
Go around and remove all the knit stitches from the loom and close by making a cross (sew the yarn in a + at the top of the stitches) and then go in through the top of the hat.
Make a knot inside the hat and cut off the excess yarn.

Finger Laces
Sew the finger laces on the front of the hat with a white yarn, using a tapestry needle.

You may have a tail near the brim.  You can make sure to secure it with a knot, very close to the brim and cut off the excess yarn.

I hope that you enjoy this pattern and can begin to make football hats for all the football fans in your life!

Comments on: "Football Fanatics" (21)

  1. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing the pattern – I don’t know if I’ll make one just like it, but I want to give that brim a try. I like it! 🙂


  2. loriwingfield40@gmail.com said:

    LOVE this pattern. Made one just like this, then made one with LSU colors. Today I will be making Black/Gold for the Saints and have been requested to make Razorback Red/White before football season!!!


  3. Sharon Wright said:

    Awesome hat…how could I add ear flaps to this? Thank you and God bless!


  4. Tracy said:

    How would I adjust this pattern for a teen girl?


  5. This is so cute. Thank you so much for posting it. I have a couple of questions. I’m new to loom knitting so the questions will be the typical newbie ones. Can chunky yarn be used? Would you recommend a 40 peg loom be used for an adult size or just stick with the 36 peg and make it a few rows longer? Thanks again.


    • Thank you for visiting our blog. Of course chunky yarn can be used. We use the 40 peg loom for males and usually stick with 36 pegs for children and women.
      Hope that helps 🙂


      • Thank you for your help. I can’t wait to dig in and tackle this project. Whats a good rule of thumb to use on how many rows to make on children sizes, adult sizes and such.


      • Hi Karen, We don’t usually count rows, as it varies based on the yarn used. So we measure and usually keep the children’s hats 5-6 inches depending on the age of a child, and 6-7 inches for ladies and 8 inches for men.
        If you can, measure the child’s head to ensure an exact fit.
        Hope that helps.


  6. diana said:

    what size loom for a newborn hat and about how many inches you think?
    thank you


  7. Heidi Marlene said:

    Hello. I just made this only my fifth hat looming.. Thank you. I was unsure what you meant by how to tie off at the end. It sure looks good thanks.


  8. findingjoy609 said:

    I love this hat, and was hoping to make one that fits a baby 6-12 months…. what size loom should I use? I think this would make awesome Christmas presents for him and his older brother!

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