Crochet Santa Hat Pattern (Two Sizes!) – Free

It’s beginning to look a lot like Crochet Santa Hat patterns! I mean… Christmas! Seriously, though, who doesn’t love a good crochet stocking cap, especially when they look like Santa and Elf hats. This crochet stocking cap pattern is super easy, pretty fast and has a lovely finish.

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Super Cute Crochet Santa Hat

I must admit, I am not the most Christmas-y person ever. Because it is just my husband and I, we rarely decorate for Christmas. However, when I was a kid, I had a stocking cap elf hat that I absolutely loved and was very disappointed when it came time for it to be put away. So, you know I had to sit down and make my own Santa crochet stocking cap pattern with an additional kiddo size for your little elves, as well.

I love how easy these crochet Christmas hats are to create but they are by no means “too simple”. Simple doesn’t always have to be boring, so with the added ribbon around the brim and the fluffy pom pom on the long tail of the hat, this crochet Santa hat pattern is sure to be a favorite.

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Adult crochet stocking cap on woman.

This crochet Santa hat pattern can of course be created using any colors you prefer – you certainly aren’t limited to the typical Christmas colors. This Santa style crochet stocking cap can also be just a normal long tail crochet hat, if you’re into that sort of thing!

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SKILL LEVEL

Easy – You should know how to: work in the round, close rounds, slip stitch, and half double crochet.

MATERIALS & TOOLS

This pattern is written to a medium (4) Aran weight yarn.

For the adult size, you will need approximately 4 oz or 255 yards in your chosen main color.
For the child size, you will need approximately 2.5 oz or 160 yards in your chosen main color.

You will need approximately 1 oz contrast color for the brim.

I used:

Big Twist Value in Deep Red (adult main color)

Big Twist Value in Varsity Green (child main color)

Big Twist Value in White (Brims)

You will also need:

5 mm hook, scissors, tapestry needle and stitch markers (we work in continuous rounds through most of this, so I do recommend stitch markers)

Faux fur pom, if you’d like one. I purchased these from Amazon and I am quite happy with them! The best part is they have a little elastic loop for easy sewing!

Alternatively, you can finish without a pom or you can create a pom out of yarn.

You will also need ribbon of your choice for the accent on this hat. I purchase these from Amazon. They are 1/2“ wide and fit nicely.

GAUGE

14 stitches x 11 rows = Approximately 4 inches x 4 inches

Your gauge should be approximately 4 inches x 4 inches. If it’s slightly off, not to worry.

I crochet on the tighter side, so you may need to go down to a 4.5 or 4mm hook.

(If you’d like to take a look at my recommended hooks and gauge ruler sets, check out this Christmas Gifts for Crocheters post!)

FINISHED SIZE

ADULT: Fits the average adult head of 21-23 inches in circumference (approximately 21 inches around without stretching)

CHILD: Fits the average child head of 18-20 inches in circumference. (approximately 19 inches around without strecthing)

Laid flat:

Adult: 27 inches long without pom

Child: 23 inches long without pom

ABBREVIATIONS

This pattern is written in standard US terms.

  • ch – Chain
  • sl st – Slip stitch
  • hdc – Half double crochet
  • fphdc – Front post half double crochet * see special stitches below
  • st – Stitch
  • sk – Skip
  • hdc2tog – Half double crochet two together *see special stitches below
  • […] – Repeat inside brackets
  • (#) – Number inside indicates stitch count

NOTES

  • The chain 1 at the beginning of the count never counts as a stitch and will not be referenced throughout the pattern.
    • This means you should always place your first stitch of the round in the same stitch you chained out of.
  • This beanie is worked from the bottom up. So we start with the ribbed band and work our way toward the top.
  • The brim for this beanie is worked in closed rounds. After the brim, we transition to working continuous rounds.
    • This will be referenced in the pattern.
    • We switch to continuous rounds to avoid an obvious seam.
    • When we transition to continuous rounds, the first round can seem a bit strange. Don’t worry, just keep going and it will work itself out.

SPECIAL STITCHES

HDC2TOG

This crochet stocking cap pattern calls for decreasing, or “hdc2tog”. To half double crochet two stitches together, you will:

Yarn over, insert your hook into the first stitch, yarn over and pull through as if you were going to work a half double crochet. Now, instead of finishing the half double crochet crochet, you will yarn over,  insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull through. You will now have five loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all five. Hdc2tog complete!

FPHDC

This crochet stocking cap pattern calls for a “fphdc” or a front post half double crochet. 

To work a fphdc, you are going to be working around the post of the stitch from the round below, not into the top of the stitch. With your right side facing you, you will yarn over, insert your hook in between the posts of the first and second stitch and then out between the second and third stitch. Yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all three.

In my video tutorial for my Arctic Beanie, I show you how to work a fphdc to create the brim, if you’d like to review the video first. 

Heart Hook Home has a great tutorial on how to work front post stitches.

Child's crochet stocking cap on a little girl.
This kiddo is my best friend’s daughter. Thank you for taking pics of this lovely little lady!

How to Make this Crochet Santa Hat

CHILD

With contrast color, ch 66. Making sure not to twist the chain, insert your hook into the first chain made and slip stitch to close the chains and form a circle.

R1 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc in the first st and each st around. sl st to first hdc to close. (66)
R2 through R6 – Ch 1, hdc in first stitch, fphdc in the next st. [hdc next st, fphdc next st] Repeat around, you should end on a fphdc. Sl st to first hdc to close. (66)
*Finish last stitch of R6 with main color and use main color throughout.
R7 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc in the first stitch and each st around. Sl st to first hdc to close. (66)
R8 – Ch 1, hdc in first stitch, ch 1, sk 1 [hdc next st, ch 1, sk 1]. Repeat around, you should end with a ch 1, sk 1. Sl st to first hdc to close. (66)

*We now will transition to working continuous rounds.
R9 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc in the first st and each st around. Do not sl st to close. (66)
R10 & R11 – place 1 hdc in the first st and each st around. (66)
R12 – hdc in the first st and next 8 sts, hdc2tog. [hdc 9 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (60)
R13 – place 1 hdc in each st around (60)
R14 – hdc in the first st and next 7 sts, hdc2tog. [hdc 8 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (54)
R15 – hdc in the first st and next 6 sts, hdc2tog. [hdc 7 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (48)
R16 through R18 – place 1 hdc in each st around (48)
R19 – hdc in the first st and next 5 sts, hdc2tog. [hdc 6 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (42)


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R20 through R22 – place 1 hdc in each st around (42)
R23 – hdc in the first st and next 4 sts, hdc2tog. [hdc 5 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (36)
R24 through R28 – place 1 hdc in each st around (36)
R29 – hdc in the first st and next 3 sts, hdc2tog. [hdc 4 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (30)
R30 through R34 – place 1 hdc in each st around (30)
R35 – hdc in the first st and next 2 sts, hdc2tog. [hdc 3 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (24)
R36 through R42 – place 1 hdc in each st around (24)
R43 – hdc in the first st and next st, hdc2tog. [hdc 2 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (18)
R44 through R50 – place 1 hdc in each st around (18)
R51 – hdc in the first st, hdc2tog. [hdc 1 st, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (12)
R52 through R58 – place 1 hdc in each st around (12)
R59 – hdc2tog 6x (6)
R60 – 1 hdc each stitch around (6).

Trim your yarn and leave a tail. Sew the point of your hat closed and attach a pom. Weave in all ends.

Determine where you’d like the front of your hat to be and begin weaving your ribbon in and out of the ch 1 spaces we created in R8. Tie a bow. You’re done!

Childs size crochet Santa hat in green, crochet stocking cap

ADULT

With contrast color, ch 78. Making sure not to twist the chain, insert your hook into the first chain made and slip stitch to close the chains and form a circle.

R1 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc in the first st and each st around. sl st to first hdc to close. (78)
R2 through R6 – Ch 1, hdc in first stitch, fphdc in the next st. [hdc next st, fphdc next st] Repeat around, you should end on a fphdc. Sl st to first hdc to close. (78)
*Finish last stitch of R6 with main color and use main color throughout.

R7 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc in the first stitch and each st around. Sl st to first hdc to close. (78)
R8 – Ch 1, hdc in first stitch, ch 1, sk 1 [hdc next st, ch 1, sk 1]. Repeat around, you should end with a ch 1, sk 1. Sl st to first hdc to close. (78)

*We now will transition to working continuous rounds.
R9 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc in the first st and each st around. Do not sl st to close. (78)
R10 through R13 – place 1 hdc in the first st and each st around. (78)
R14 – hdc in the first st and next 10 sts, hdc2tog. [hdc 11 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (72)
R15 – place 1 hdc in each st around (72)
R16 – hdc in the first st and next 9 sts, hdc2tog. [hdc 10 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (66)
R17 – hdc in the first st and next 8 sts, hdc2tog. [hdc 9 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (60)
R18 through R20 – place 1 hdc in each st around (60)
R21 – hdc in the first st and next 7 sts, hdc2tog. [hdc 8 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (54)
R22 through R24 – place 1 hdc in each st around (54)
R25 – hdc in the first st and next 6 sts, hdc2tog. [hdc 7 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (48)
R26 through R30 – place 1 hdc in each st around (48)
R31 – hdc in the first st and next 5 sts, hdc2tog. [hdc 6 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (42)
R32 through R36 – place 1 hdc in each st around (42)
R37 – hdc in the first st and next 4 sts, hdc2tog. [hdc 5 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (36)
R38 through R44 – place 1 hdc in each st around (36)
R45 – hdc in the first st and next 3 sts, hdc2tog. [hdc 4 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (30)
R46 through R52 – place 1 hdc in each st around (30)
R53 – hdc in the first st and next 2 sts, hdc2tog. [hdc 3 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (24)
R54 through R60 – place 1 hdc in each st around (24)
R61 – hdc in the first st and next st, hdc2tog. [hdc 2 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (18)
R62 through R68 – place 1 hdc in each st around (18)
R69 – hdc in the first st, hdc2tog. [hdc 1 st, hdc2tog]. Repeat 6x. (12)
R70 through R76 – place 1 hdc in each st around (12)
R77 – hdc2tog 6x (6)
R78 – 1 hdc each stitch around (6).

Trim your yarn and leave a tail. Sew the point of your hat closed and attach a pom. Weave in all ends.

Determine where you’d like the front of your hat to be and begin weaving your ribbon in and out of the ch 1 spaces we created in R8. Tie a bow. You’re done!

Crochet Santa Hat in Red, crochet stocking cap

I hope you love this crochet Santa hat pattern as much as I enjoyed designing them. I love how this crochet stocking cap is super simple to create and absolutely adorable when finished. Plus my unofficial niece looks super cute in hers, so I obviously am in LOVE.


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Crochet Santa Hat Pattern (Two Sizes!) – Free

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