We’re entering the home stretch! Dinners and parties are planned, shopping is done, house is decorated, what could she get up to next? Well. These.
I just couldn’t help myself! I’ve whipped up these little Kringle Kaps for a dinner party we’re giving to welcome our friend Gwen who’s coming to spend the holidays with Miss Laura and I. I am cooking this time and I am responsible for the table. I’m hoping to include a little hat at every place setting. I’m not quite sure how, but I know they’ll be adorable!
These little hats could be tree ornaments, wine bottle toppers or soft boiled egg warmers. Use them to embellish a gift if you like! They use just a teeny bit of yarn (with the exception of the pompoms which always use more yarn than I think). You can knock a mini hat out in about an hour. I’ve made mine from sock weight yarn, but there’s no reason at all why they couldn’t be made out of heavier yarn; just be aware that the hat will turn out larger than these itty bitty ones. I thought you might enjoy a last minute knit, so I’d like to share the pattern for Kringle Kaps here. Click the “Print” button to print. If you have trouble printing, check out these helpful tips. (Note that this is an off-site pattern and will not be stored in your Ravelry library.)
Happy Christmas and happy knitting, y’all!
Itty bitty Santa hats!
- Regia 4-fadig Sock Yarn (75% virgin wool, 25% polyamide) 50g/230yds, Red (MC) 1 skein makes many; White (CC) small amounts for brim and pompoms
- 2.50mm needles for your preferred method of knitting in the round.
- Removable stitch marker, tapestry needle for weaving in ends and attaching pompom
- PomPom maker (opt)
GAUGE: 32 sts & 50 rows = 4” in Stockinette St
2-3/4″ tall before pompom, approx. 5″ in circumference.
- Worked in the round from the brim upward.
With CC and using the Long Tail method, CO 40 sts. [CLICK HERE for a video tutorial of the Long Tail Cast On] Work 8 rnds in garter stitch (alternating knit and purl rnds).
Change to MC and work 10 rnds in stockinette st (knit every rnd). Work the following dec rnds knitting one rnd even in between:
- Dec Rnd #1: *k6, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.
- Dec Rnd #2: *k5, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.
- Dec Rnd #3: *k4, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.
Work 2 rnds even, then work the following dec rnds knitting 2 rnds even in between:
- Dec Rnd #4: *k3, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.
- Dec Rnd #5: *k2, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.
- Dec Rnd #6: *k1, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.
- Dec Rnd #7: k2tog around.
Break yarn and thread through remaining stitches. Pull up snugly and end off.
The use of a pompom maker (if you have one small enough) is optional. I used my thumb!
Thread a large blunt-tipped needle with 18″ of yarn held double. Wrap yarn around your thumb, just at the base of the nail, about 125 times (more will make a fuller pompom). Run threaded tapestry needle between your thumb and wrapped yarn. Tie the yarn very tightly and securely around the wrapped yarn. Remove from your thumb. Cut strands of wrapped yarn. Trim to make a small, evenly shaped ball. Pull the tied ends through the pointy top of the hat and tie off securely.
Need more pompom help? Find a tutorial HERE.
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