Thursday, November 19, 2009

Santa Hat for kids pattern

When I first started hat knitting back in the summer, one of my first thoughts was that a Santa hat would be a fun knit. Unfortunately, I've been unable to find the exact hat I wanted to knit, especially in a kids size. I blended a few patterns I found, and did a little bit of my own thing, to make, what I hope, is a simple Santa Hat pattern for kids. Hopefully, someone else will find it useful too. :)


Size:
Children ages 5-12


Materials:
Size 9 US 16 inch circular needles
Size 9 US double pointed needles
50 grams worsted weight alpaca yarn in white/off white
75 grams worsted weight wool yarn in red

Instructions:
With white alpaca and circular needles, CO 80 sts. Join being careful not to twist.
Begin knit 2, purl 2 rib and continue for 3.5 inches

Change to red wool and knit in St st for 4 inches.
Begin dec rows as follows (when diameter gets too small for circular needles, change to the double pointed needles).
*K8, k2tog; rep from *
Knit 4 rows
*K7, k2tog; rep from *
Knit 4 rows
*K6, k2tog; rep from *
Knit 4 rows
*K5, k2tog; rep from *
Knit 4 rows
*K4, k2tog; rep from *
Knit 5 rows
*K3, k2tog; rep from *
Knit 5 rows
*K2, k2tog; rep from *
Knit 5 rows
*K1, k2tog; rep from *
Knit 5 rows
K2tog until 8 st remains
Knit 5 rows and fasten off.

Make a white alpaca Pom-Pom (this method works well) and attach.



I really like the way this hand-dyed red wool ended up with the slightest color variation. It lends a bit of texture and interest to the hat. The alpaca trim keeps the softest fiber on the forehead and ears where wool hats are likely to itch little noggins.



15 comments:

  1. Joy, that's awesome! You should totally submit your tutorial to OPT-- it's great (as a non-knitter it makes me think knitting is more math than I'm ready for, though!

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  2. Oh I love it! I was thinking the other day how K needs a santa hat but I didn't want her to wear one of those store bought polyester onesm, kwim?

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  3. That is the sweetest Santa hat I have ever seen (with the cutest model!)
    Nicely done!

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  4. Wow, you and me must have been having some distant brain link up, because I started teaching myself to knit over the summer and about two weeks ago I figured out my own pattern to knit a kid's santa hat too. Freaky deaky! Mine is a bit smaller though, because it's for a two year old. I shaped another hat slightly differently to make an elf's hat too. I guess I should blog about it and link to your hat too. I'm busy knitting giant socks to use as stockings at the moment :) I think that I have caught the knitting bug. Love your hat. It looks so cosy!

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  5. Very cute. O.k, I've really got to get out those knitting needles and do some knitting!

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  6. Thank you so much for this pattern!!! I love the idea of making of santa hats ( my cousin's kids just *need* them this year...right?)

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  7. Wow, so sweet. Thank you for sharing

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  8. wow--that came out GREAT!!! would you consider selling them? it's the 1st kids' santa hat i really love!

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  9. Very cute! Thank you for the pattern. :)

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  10. I love that hat. Its so cute. Heck, I'd love to wear one. I may need to do some yarn shopping and see if I can make the pattern a little bigger for my big noggin. :-)

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  11. I am writing to request permission to reprint this adorable project on Craftown.com. We would of course give you full credit and will happily link back to your blog. Please let me know if this is acceptable. Thanks!

    Amanda Formaro
    Chief Editor - Craftown.com
    http://craftown.com

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  12. I love it! Im going to start making them this weekend for my nice! :)
    Of course another one for myself... Thanks for the patter!

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  13. It started gaining popularity on the Big Bang Theory. Penny wore won for Christmas. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I made adjustments and made this into an adult hat... easy instructions and fun to make. Ty for sharing.

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