Time Required :
Over an hour
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

caron® chunky cakes™ loom knit headband

You don’t need to be an expert in knitting or crochet to make this soft and stylish headband. Instead, find out how easy it is to make these beautifully even stockinette stitches using a loom. When you're done, you can stitch the headband closed, or add two cute buttons, like we did. Either way, it won’t take you more than a couple of hours from start to finish!
Step 1
First, use the rubber band (or hair tie) to mark off the section of the loom you’ll be using.
 
TIP: For the headband shown, eight pegs were sectioned off on the left side of the loom. 
Step 2
Unwrap your yarn and make a slipknot about 6"-8" away from the end of the tail. Place the slipknot onto the first peg (the peg at the bottom left of the loom), and adjust so that it’s not too tight around the peg. Move the yarn’s tail out of the way.

TIP: Sometimes, watching a video really helps written instructions make sense. To see our video on how to make a slipknot, click here.   
Step 3
Cast on:
Cast on by wrapping around each peg within the sectioned area in the following order:
 
   -  Bring the yarn up and loop it around the top left peg, wrapping from right to left.
 
   -  Bring the yarn down and loop it around the peg that’s on the bottom and second from the left, wrapping from right to left.
 
   -  Bring the yarn up and loop it around the peg that’s on the top and second from the left, wrapping from right to left.
 
   -  Bring the yarn down and loop it around the peg that’s on the bottom and third from the left, wrapping from right to left.
 
   -  Bring the yarn up and loop it around the peg that’s on the top and third from the left, wrapping from right to left.
 
   -  Continue in this manner until you have wrapped each peg in the section one time.  
Step 4
When you’ve wrapped the final peg in the section (the peg that’s at the top right), turn the loom around so that the top is now the bottom, and the final peg you just wrapped is now at the bottom left. Wrap each peg again in the following order:
 
   -  Bring the yarn up and loop it around the top left peg, wrapping from right to left.
 
   -  Bring the yarn down and loop it around the peg that’s on the bottom and second from the left, wrapping from right to left.
 
   -  Bring the yarn up and loop it around the peg that’s on the top and second from the left, wrapping from right to left.
 
   -  Bring the yarn down and loop it around the peg that’s on the bottom and third from the left, wrapping from right to left.
 
   -  Bring the yarn up and loop it around the peg that’s on the top and third from the left, wrapping from right to left.
 
   -  Continue in this manner until you’ve wrapped each peg in the section for a second time.


TIP: You’ll notice that the exception is the peg on the bottom left, which has been wrapped only one time.
Step 5
When you’ve wrapped the final peg in the section (the peg that’s at the top right), use one hand to hold the working yarn out of the way, keeping some tension on it so that the yarn you’ve already wrapped doesn’t loosen. 
Step 6
Use your hook to pull the bottom loop over the top loop on each peg, so that there’s only one loop on each peg. When you’ve pulled up each bottom loop on one side of the loom, flip the loom so that you can repeat this action on the other side. 
Step 7
Stockinette stitch: from now on, you’ll wrap the pegs in a zigzag pattern, beginning with the bottom left peg:
 
   -  Bring the yarn down and around the bottom left peg, from left to right, then up and around the peg that’s on the top and second from the left, from left to right.
 
   -  Next, bring the yarn down and around the peg that’s on the bottom and third from the left from left to right (skipping the second peg on the bottom), and so on, until you wrap the final peg (the bottom right peg). 
Step 8
Now, you’ll wrap the pegs in a zigzag pattern a second time, working from right to left, so that you wrap each of the pegs you skipped the first time:
 
   -  Bring the yarn straight up and around the top right peg, from right to left.
 
   -  Then bring the yarn down and around the peg that’s on the bottom and second from the right, from right to left, and so on, until you have wrapped the final peg (the one at the top left).
Step 9
Once you’ve finished wrapping, use your hook to pull the bottom loop over the top loop on each peg, so that there’s only one loop on each peg. Flip the loom to pull the bottom loops up on the other side of the loom as well. 
Step 10
Continue to repeat the steps for the stockinette stitch to knit the length of the headband. Once the knitted length is about 22" long, it’s time to cast off.
 
TIP: Test the headband’s length by wrapping it around your head. It should be about 2" longer than the circumference of your head. 
Step 11
Casting off: To cast off, make sure you have only one loop on each peg. Begin by moving each loop from its peg at the top of the loom to the peg directly beneath it. You’ll be left with two loops on each peg along the bottom side of the loom. 
Step 12
Use the hook to pull the bottom loop over the top loop on each peg, so that there’s only one loop left on each peg along the bottom side. 
Step 13
Pull your working yarn from left to right in front of the first two pegs (the leftmost pegs) along the bottom row. Use your hook to pull the loop on each of these two pegs over the working yarn. 
Step 14
Use your hook to pull the loop off of the peg that’s second from the left, and onto the first (leftmost) peg. Push both loops down a bit on the first peg. 
Step 15
Pull the working yarn from right to left in front of the leftmost peg, and use your hook to pull the two bottom loops over the working yarn. 
Step 16
With your hook, move this last loop off of the leftmost peg, and onto the peg to its right. 
Step 17
Hold the working yarn in front of the third peg from the left, and use your hook to pull the loop on this peg over the working yarn. 
Step 18
Repeat Steps 14-17, continuing along the bottom row, until you have only one loop left. Cut your yarn free, leaving a tail of about 4", and then pull the tail through the final loop to knot off. 
Step 19
Weave in the tails on both ends of the headband.  
Step 20
Using matching embroidery floss and a yarn darner that will fit through the buttonholes, sew two buttons about 2" from the end of the headband. Close the headband by buttoning the loops at the beginning of the headband over the buttons.
 
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