Knit up a simple and adorable Santa Hat with this free Santa Hat knitting pattern!
You guys, this is only tangentially related to the Santa Hat Knitting Pattern, but guess what! It only took 6 years but O finally gathered up enough courage to meet Santa!
Aa took him over to see the CTA Holiday Train last weekend while Baby V napped, it’s a yearly tradition, and this year he did it! It was adorable. (The Holiday Train is the best, if you’re not from Chicago, here are some pics so you get the idea, it’s amaaaazing)
Anyway, Aa told me he really wasn’t sure if it was the real Santa and apparently there’s been some debate on the playground at school (No! They’re too young for that!) but in the end he decided it was really Santa.
Which is just so cute. I think 6 is the best age, it’s so fun. He can do so many things for himself but he’s also still sweet and little.
But back to the Santa Hat! The rest of my Christmas hats are a little more challenging and I had someone email me asking if they’d be able to handle one of them if they were a beginner. And while I think that yes, as long as you can knit in the round, you can handle them, I thought you guys might like a really simple hat.
So the Little Santa Hat Knitting Pattern was born. It’s soooo easy, I promise. And also, it just looks super cute on. So scroll all the way down to find the free pattern or click the button to upgrade to the pdf version with more sizes!
-The PDF is an optional upgrade, keep scrolling down for the free version-
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Looking for the pattern? Here’s how it works: This pattern is available for FREE in one size right here on my site (keep scrolling down). Or for just a few dollars, you can choose to purchase an upgraded PDF pattern that is nicely formatted and easy to print. Besides being easy to print, the PDF pattern also contains MORE SIZES with instructions for additional sizing including 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 2T+! Thank you for supporting Little Red Window!
Little Santa Hat Knitting Pattern
(12 mo. size, see PDF for other sizes)
Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
Little Santa Hat Knitting Pattern Instructions:
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 72 stitches onto your circular needles with the white yarn. Join to knit in the round and knit all stitches for 16 rounds. The brim of the hat will begin to roll up as you go.
Switch to the red yarn and knit all rounds until the hat is about 5 inches long after the rolled brim.
Decrease (distribute stitches evenly between 3 double pointed needles and knit with the 4th):
Round 1: (k6, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 2-6: Knit all stitches
Round 7: (k5, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 8-12: Knit all stitches
Round 13: (k4, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 14-16: Knit all stitches
Round 17: (k3, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 18-20: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 21: (k2, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 22-24: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 25: (k1, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 26-28: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 29: k2tog and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 30-32: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends. Roll up the whole white brim. If it doesn’t want to stay rolled put a stitch or two in either side with white yarn to keep it rolled up. (I did not have this problem!)
Make a Pom Pom
If you have a pom pom maker, use it to make a pom pom from the white yarn.
To make a pom pom without a pom pom maker, wind white yarn around a few fingers or a fork many times (the more times around, the fluffier the pom pom). Cut another piece of white yarn about 18 inches long. Tie one end very tightly around the middle of the wound yarn. Leave the other end long, you will use this long center tie tail to attach the pom pom to the hat later. Release the pom pom by cutting through the loops on either side of the center tie. Trim your pom pom to make sure it’s round. Make sure you don’t accidentally cut the long center tie tail.
Thread the long tail onto a yarn needle and use it to stitch the pom pom securely to the top of the Santa Hat. Make sure it’s attached well since this is an item for babies. Weave the end in inside the hat. And that’s it! Santa’s Little Helper is ready for the holidays! Merry Christmas!
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