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Santa Hat Knitting Pattern

Knit yourself a festive hat for the holidays with this Santa hat knitting pattern. In elegant yarn colors, this hat is cute enough to wear all winter long! Find more knitting patterns and yarn inspiration at Red Heart.

Santa Hat Knitting Pattern


  • RED HEART® “Holiday™”: 1 ball each 9560 Wine/Gold A, 1360 Aran/Gold B
  • Knitting Needles: 5mm [US 8] circular needle, 16” long and 5.5mm [US 9] circular needle, 16” long and doublepointed needles.
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle
  • Pompom maker

Head Circumference: 18 (20)”.
Directions are for Adult S/M; changes for Adult M/L are in parentheses.

Gauge:: 18 sts = 4”; 24 rounds = 4” in Stockinette Stitch. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the specified gauge.

Note: Hat is worked from the tip to the ribbing. Begin on double-pointed needles, changing to circular needle as is necessary.



With double-pointed needles and A, cast on 6 sts. Divide evenly around needles. Join, taking care not to twist sts. Place marker for beginning of round.

Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: [K1, M1] around – 12 sts.
Rounds 3-5: Knit.
Round 6: [K2, M1] around – 18 sts.
Rounds 7-11: Knit.
Round 12: [K3, M1] around – 24 sts.

Continue in this manner, increasing 6 sts every 6 rounds for 9 (11) more times, working 1 more st between each increase – 78 (90) sts. Work even until Hat measures 14 1/2 (15 1/4)” from beginning.

Change to B and smaller needle.
Knit 1 round. Purl 1 round.
Work in K1, p1 rib for 12 rounds.
Bind off loosely in rib.

With B, make pompom.
Sew to tip of hat.
Weave in ends.

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what is M1. In the pattern it says to K1, M1. What is M1?

Hi nute2869--Great question. M1 means make make a stitch. So for this step, you're going to knit one, and make one stitch. Hope that helps!--FaveCrafts Editor

Id like to make this for my two year old grand daughter, any suggestions for changes to make this smaller?

I'd like to make this for a 2 year old child any suggestions??

What a great idea -- a Santa hat a person can really wear, rather than the novelty ones that are all scratchy! I wonder if the white band could be knit with a fuzzy yarn that might look more like fur?

This looks like a great project but I am puzzled by the directions. K1, M1 -- what is M1? I am not an experienced knitter and I need some help with this one.

This is the prettiest Santa's hat I've ever seen! thank you! Carol


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