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/Advanced Beginner – This crochet Santa hat pattern uses mostly chains and half double crochet. There are two advanced stitches: Front Post Half Double Crochet and Back Post Half Double Crochet. We also begin the crochet stocking cap from the bottom up, which means we begin with a circle of chains, which is slightly more advanced than working from the top down.

MATERIALS

For this crochet Santa hat pattern, you will need a medium (4) weight yarn of your choice in two colors.

For the Adult size, you will need approximately:
Main Color – 4 oz/ 114g/ 255 yards
Contrast Color – 1.5 oz/ 43g/ 94 yards

For the Child size, you will need approximately:
Main Color – 2.5 oz/ 71g/ 160 yards
Contrast Color – 1 oz/ 28g/ 63 yards

Yarn Used
Big Twist Value in Varsity Green (child main), Deep Red (adult main) and White (brims).

TOOLS

5 mm (5-8) Hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitch markers (recommended for continuous rounds)
Optional:
Faux Fur Pompom or yarn pompom
½ Inch ribbon for brim adornment

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
  • Ch – Chain 
  • Slst – Slip stitch 
  • Hdc –Half double crochet 
  • St(s) – Stitch(es) 
  • Sk – Skip
  • CC – Contrast Color
  • MC – Main Color
  • Fphdc – Front Post HDC*
  • Bphdc – Back Post HDC*
  • Hdc2tog – Hdc 2 together*
  • * – Special Stitch, see special stitches section.
  • […] – Repeat inside brackets 
  • (…) – Stitch counts are listed at the end of row in ( ) and bold italics.

NOTES

  • Chain 1 at the beginning of rounds does not count as a stitch. 
  • This stocking cap is worked from the bottom up. This means we start by creating the brim of the hat and work the body of the stocking cap after the brim.
  • The brim for this stocking cap  is worked in closed rounds. This means you will slip stitch to the first stitch of the round to close.
  • The body of this hat is worked in continuous (spiral) rounds. This means you will not close the round and will instead continue crocheting. I highly recommend using stitch markers for this section.  
  • The transition from closed to continuous rounds might seem a bit strange at first. This will not be noticeable later in the pattern. Keep going and the pattern will work itself out. 
  • If you would like a longer hat, you can work more rounds as you see fit.
  • If you need to adjust the size of the brim, you can chain more or less to begin. Just make sure you have an even stitch count.

SPECIAL STITCHES

HDC2TOG

This 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 a sif you were going to work a half double crochet. Now, instead of finishing the half double 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

Fphdc is worked the same as front post double crochet, you’re just working a hdc instead.

To fphdc, you will: Yarn over, insert your hook from front of work to back beside the post, then weave your hook from the back of work to the front on the other side of the post. Your hook should now have the post of the stitch pulled forward. Yarn over, pull a loop through. Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook.

BFPHDC

Bphdc is worked the same as a back post double crochet, you’re just working hdc instead. 

To a bphdc, you will: Yarn over, insert your hook from back of work to front beside the post, then weave your hook from the front of the work to the back on the other side of the post. Your hook should now have the stitch pushed backward. Yarn over, pull a loop through. Yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook.

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 CC, 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.

Round 1 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc in the first ch and each ch around. Sl st to first hdc to close. (66)

Round 2 – Ch 1, [fphdc first st, bphdc second st]. Repeat around to end. Your last st should be a bphdc. Sl st to first fphdc to close. (66)

Rounds 3 through 6 (RS) – Repeat Round 2. You will always work a fphdc around a fphdc and a bphdc around a bphdc. This creates the ribbing.

Finish last st of Round 6 with MC.

Round 7 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc in first st and each st around. Sl st to first hdc to close. (66)

Round 8 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc in first st. Ch 1, sk 1, [hdc next st, ch 1, sk 1]. Repeat inside brackets to the end of the round. You should end with ch 1, sk 1. Sl st to first hdc to close. (66)

*We now transition to working continuous rounds. It is highly recommended to use a stitch marker.

Round 9 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc in first st and each st and ch space around. Do not sl st to close. (66)

Rounds 10 and 11 –
Place 1 hdc in each st around. (66)

Round 12 – [1 hdc next 9 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (60)

Round 13 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (60)

Round 14 – [1 hdc next 8 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (54)

Round 15 – [1 hdc next 7 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (48)

Rounds 16 through 18 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (48)

Round 19 – [1 hdc next 6 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (42)

Rounds 20 through 22 – Place 1 hdc in each st. (42)

Round 23 – [1 hdc next 5 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (36)

Rounds 24 through 28 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (36)

Round 29 – [1 hdc next 4 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (30)

Rounds 30 through 34 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (30)

Round 35 – [1 hdc next 3 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (24)

Rounds 36 through 42 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (24)

Round 43 – [1 hdc next 2 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (18)

Rounds 44 through 50 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (18)

Round 51 –
 [1 hdc, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (12)

Rounds 52 through 58 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (12)

Round 59 – Hdc2tog 6x (6)

Round 60 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (6)

Trim your yarn and leave a long tail.

Sew the point of your hat closed and attach a pom. Weave in all ends. Weave your ribbon in and out of the chain 1 spaces we created in Round 8 as if you were pulling a belt through belt loops. Tie a bow. You’re done!

Childs size crochet Santa hat in green, crochet stocking cap

ADULT

With CC, 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.

Round 1 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc in the first ch and each ch around. Sl st to first hdc to close. (78)

Round 2 – Ch 1, [fphdc first st, bphdc second st]. Repeat around to end. Your last st should be a bphdc. Sl st to first fphdc to close. (78)

Rounds 3 through 6 (RS) – Repeat Round 2. You will always work a fphdc around a fphdc and a bphdc around a bphdc. This creates the ribbing.

Finish last st of Round 6 with MC.

Round 7 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc in first st and each st around. Sl st to first hdc to close. (78)

Round 8 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc in first st. Ch 1, sk 1, [hdc next st, ch 1, sk 1]. Repeat inside brackets to the end of the round. You should end with ch 1, sk 1. Sl st to first hdc to close. (78)

*We now transition to working continuous rounds. It is highly recommended to use a stitch marker.

Round 9 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc in first st and each st and ch space around. Do not sl st to close. (66)

Rounds 10 through 13 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (66)

Round 14 – [1 hdc next 11 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (72)

Round 15 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (72)

Round 16 – [1 hdc next 10 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (66)

Round 17 – [1 hdc next 9 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (60)

Rounds 18 through 20 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (60)

Round 21 – [1 hdc next 8 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (54)

Rounds 22 through 24 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (54)

Round 25 – [1 hdc next 7 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (48)

Rounds 26 through 30 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (48)

Round 31 – [1 hdc next 6 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (42)

Rounds 32 through 36 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (42)

Round 37 – [1 hdc next 5 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (36)

Rounds 38 through 44 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (36)

Round 45 – [1 hdc next 4 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (30)

Rounds 46 through 52 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (30)

Round 53 –  [1 hdc next 3 sts, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (24)

Rounds 54 through 60 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (24)

Round 61 – [1 hdc next 2 sts, hdc2tog] Repeat inside brackets 6x. (18)

Rounds 62 through 68 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (18)

Round 69 – [1 hdc next st, hdc2tog]. Repeat inside brackets 6x. (12)

Rounds 70 through 76 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (12)

Round 77 – Hdc2tog 6x. (6)

Round 78 – Place 1 hdc in each st around. (6)

Trim your yarn and leave a long tail.

Sew the point of your hat closed and attach a pom. Weave in all ends. Weave your ribbon in and out of the chain 1 spaces we created in Round 8 as if you were pulling a belt through belt loops. Tie a bow. You’re done!

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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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