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My Dad doesn’t wear much that I can make. He doesn’t wear stocking caps, sweaters, “funny” socks… but he gets a kick out of wearing a Santa hat. He wears one to work for a week or so each year, and has fun with it. I decided, “Shouldn’t be too hard, to knit a Santa hat…”
I made the pattern up, based on a number of different hat patterns. It’s Lion Brand’s “Thick & Quick” chenille. I cast on 60 stitches in white, worked K2P2 ribbing until it’s long enough (I did 4 inches) then switched to red, K stockinette until tall enough (I did 3″), then begin reducing size with evenly spaced decreases. I started out with 4 stitches every 3rd round until it got shaped down a ways, then went to 1 stitch every round (distributed around so that they didn’t line up or make a seam).