I devised this pattern last year as I'd lost my usual Santa hat I'd had for many years.
This is a quick and easy method for those who are starting out, and looking for something a bit more complicated than a scarf...
You will need:
Approx 100g of DK or Aran weight yarn in Red (double up the yarn if it is not thick enough)
Approx 50g of white yarn (DK or Aran weight doubled up if needed; use a fancy yarn for a fluffy effect.)
A pom pom maker (or cardboard rings)
8mm needles (US size 11)
CO 64 stitches in the white yarn, and knit either in garter stitch (K all stitches) for 2 inches, or if you feel more confident you can do 2x2 rib (K2, P2) instead.
Switch to Red yarn, and continue in stocking stitch (stockinette) for 6 inches.
1st row: * K1, SSK, K until 3 stitches left on needle, K2tog, K1
2nd Row: P all stitches
Continue from * until you are left with 12 stitches on the needle
Break off a long tail, and thread through the remaining 12 stitches on the needle, pull together, then with the WS facing out sew up the side seam
To finish off, create a white pom pom using your pom pom maker, or by using 2 cardboard circles and winding the wool through the middle around until the whole is nearly closed, then cut the yarn between the rings (this is hard work!) and then put a thread between the 2 rings, holding all the threads together, then remove the rings and you are left with a pom pom!
Sew the pom pom to the end of your hat, and you are left with a super cool Santa hat!
Play around with the number or stitches you cast on to create bigger or smaller hats - this pattern should fit a small/medium adult head
Let me know how it goes for you!
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