Baby Santa Hat Free Knitting Pattern

baby santa hat

 The Spruce / Leah Jubara

This super-fast knit Baby Santa Hat is strictly for the little ones. Great as a festive accessory to keep warm when out and about, or works well as a photography prop too.


yarn balls and knitting tools
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  • 1 ball Bernat's "Baby Blanket" in shade 3005 White, or about 30 (40) yards of super bulky yarn of your choice
  • 1 ball ​Caron's "Simply Soft" in shade 9729 Red, or about 60 (70) yards of medium weight yarn of your choice
  • 1 set size 11 US (8 mm) double pointed needles or long circular for magic loop
  • 1 set size 8 US (5 mm) double pointed needles or long circular for magic loop
  • Scissors, tape measure, yarn needle, and crochet hook


  • 2 stitches and 4 rows to 1 inch in garter stitch in Bernat Baby Blanket
  • 4.5 stitches and 6 rows to 1 inch in stockinette stitch in Caron Simply Soft


Finished hat circumference: 12 (14) inches; to fit a preemie (baby). Instructions are given for the smaller size first with the larger size in parentheses.

Knitting the Hat

Knitting in red yarn to the white yarn
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  1. On size 11 needles, cast on 24 (28) stitches in Bernat Baby Blanket and join in the round, being careful not to twist.
  2. Work in Garter Stitch (1 row knit, 1 row purl) for 2.5 (3) inches.
  3. Join red yarn and change to size 8 needles.
  4. Increase round: Knit in the front and back in next 2 stitches, make 1, *kfb in next 4 stitches, m1. Repeat from * to last 2 stitches, kfb in next 2 sts. 54 (63) stitches.
  5. Work in Stockinette Stitch for 1.5 (2) inches.

Shape Crown

Red yarn over knitting needles
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  1. *K7, knit 2 together. Repeat from * to end. 48 (56) stitches.
  2. Knit 3 rounds.
  3. *K6, K2tog. Repeat from * to end. 42 (49) stitches.
  4. Knit 3 rounds.
  5. *K5, K2tog. Repeat from * to end. 36 (42) stitches.
  6. Knit 3 rounds.
  7. *K4, K2tog. Repeat from * to end. 30 (35) stitches.
  8. Knit 3 rounds.
  9. *K3, K2tog. Repeat from * to end. 24 (28) stitches.
  10. Knit 3 rounds.
  11. *K2, K2tog. Repeat from * to end. 18 (21) stitches.
  12. Knit 3 rounds.
  13. *K1, K2tog. Repeat from * to end. 12 (14) stitches.
  14. Knit 3 rounds.
  15. *K2tog. Repeat from * to end. 6 (7) stitches
  16. Knit 3 rounds.

Finishing the Hat

Top of baby santa hat
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Thread yarn onto yarn needle, thread through stitches and pull tight. Pull yarn through to the wrong side.

Make a pompom, the simplest way is to use your fingers. You can use the same Bernat yarn used for the brim of the hat, or different white yarn if the chenille is too tricky to work with.

Attach pompom to the top of the hat by pulling its ties through to the wrong side and tying them together with the red yarn already pulled through.

Weave in ends and block/shape if desired.