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Knitting a Santa hat is a fun and festive project that you can customize with your favorite colors and details for the holiday season.

This is an advanced beginner knitting pattern, and the techniques involved are casting on, knitting, and purl stitches, knitting in the round, K2tog, and changing colors.

This classic holiday hat can be knit in seven sizes: baby to adult large.

Wear on Christmas Eve or give away as handmade gifts to friends and family to wear as a fun holiday accessory.


  • You will need two colors of yarn (1 ball of each color or see the estimated yards below for each size);
  • Yarn A - White
  • Yarn B - Red
  • The yarn weight is bulky/chunky/12 ply.

Estimated yards needed for each size...

  • Baby 0-3 months - 48 yds
  • Baby 3-12 months - 58 yds
  • 1-2 years Toddler - 60 yds
  • 3-12 years Child - 70 yds
  • Teen/Adult Small - 76 yds
  • Adult medium - 92 yds
  • Adult Large - 106 yds


  • Set of 6 mm (US 10) 40 cm/16" circular knitting needles.
  • Set of 8 mm (US 11) 40 cm/16" circular knitting needles.
  • You may need double-pointed needles for the decreases or use the magic loop technique with a slightly larger cable size of 50 cm/20" or 60 cm/24".


Level – Easy

This is an easy-level knitting pattern, and the techniques involved are the knit stitch, purl stitch, increasing, decreasing, changing colors, and working in the round.


  • Baby 0-3 months - 13-15"
  • Baby 3-12 months - 15-18"
  • 1-2 years Toddler - 18-19"
  • 3-12 years Child - 19-21"
  • Teen/Adult Small - 21-22"
  • Adult medium - 22-24"
  • Adult Large - 24-26"


Small batch sales of finished pieces made from this pattern are permitted, but the seller must use their own photographs, and credit must be given to Handy Little Me as the designer.


Join The Handy Little Me Knitting + Crochet Community to connect with other makers of Handy Little Me patterns for help with techniques and pattern-related questions.

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