How to Knit a Striped Stocking Hat

Striped Stocking Hat pattern

Sarah E. White

This free knitting pattern for a striped Santa stocking hat makes us think of Santa's hat, only a bit more fun. You could, of course, knit it in any two colors you like, or even in a solid color, if you don't want the Christmas feel.

If you're looking for a straight-up Santa hat pattern, try knitting the ribbing in white and the rest of the hat in red. Add a white pom-pom and you're done.

Whether you knit this one as a holiday hat or not, it's still an easy hat that you'll love to wear.


  • 95 yards each of red and white medium weight acrylic (or wool) yarn (we used Red Heart Super Saver)
  • One size 8 US circular needle with a 16-inch cable, plus a set of 4 size-8 US double-pointed needles
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Optional: A piece of cardboard to make a pom-pom

Watch Now: How to Make Perfect Pom-Poms


17.5 stitches and 28 rows (a little more than 4 stitches and 7 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch in the round.


Finished hat is 20 inches at the base and 24 inches long without the pom-pom. It should fit a teenager or small adult.

Instructions for Striped Stocking Hat

  1. Using the circular needle, cast on 84 stitches in red. Join in round, being careful not to twist stitches. Place a stitch marker if desired.
  2. Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 1 inch. Switch to white yarn and knit in Stockinette Stitch for 8 rows.
  3. Switch back to red and knit 8 rows. Repeat again in white and in red.
  4. Switch back to white. *Knit 5, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around (72 stitches remain). Knit 7 more rows in white.
  5. Switch to red. *Knit 4, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around (60). On the next row, *knit 3, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around (48). Knit 6 more rows in red.

Shaping the Stocking Hat

  1. Change back to white. *Knit 2, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around (36 stitches). Knit 7 more rows in white.
  2. Knit a stripe in red, one in white, another in red and another in white, all without further decreasing.
  3. On the next red strip, *knit 1, knit 2 together. Repeat from * across (26). Knit the rest of the stripe.
  4. Knit straight in white, red, white and red.
  5. On the next white row, *knit 2 together. Repeat from * around (13). Finish white stripe.
  6. In red, knit 1, *knit 2 together. Repeat from * around (7). Finish red stripe, cut yarn and thread it onto a yarn needle.
  7. Thread stitches onto a yarn needle and pull tight.

Finishing the Hat

To finish the hat, weave in the ends. If desired you can add a pom-pom to the end, either in red or white. Use another piece of thread to sew the pom-pom to the end of the hat.

If you want to make this pattern your own, you can change the colors or use a single color, or slow down or speed up the rate of decreasing, depending on how long you want the hat to be.