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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).

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  1. admin
    admin says:


    The whole thing is chenille. It’s a bulky chenille called “Quick & Thick” from LION – I thought about going to something more matte for the crown, but decided to go Fuzzy All The Way.

  2. molasses
    molasses says:

    hey! wow!
    i just knit a little santa cap for santacon this weekend! your hat is much more elaborate and is beautiful!
    i just bought some of the thick and quick chenille tonight, not santa colours, but i’m excited to use it.


  3. admin
    admin says:

    I imagine it’s going to get by more on its fun novelty quality than anything else… but it does feel like it would be pretty warm to boot. My dad is funny about this – he wears a Santa hat to his office to get people in the Christmas Spirit. It’s something that he just started doing a couple of years ago, and now he’s Mister Christmas. The entire family has the little felt ones, and we all take our Christmas pictures in them.

  4. admin
    admin says:

    The socks turned out pretty good. I’ve got the “Bed socks” pattern (the one I showed a photo of earlier) down pat; I’ve done a pair for me, one for Chris, one for my Grandmother, and I’m almost half done with a pair for my Mom. I tried doing worsted socks (one strand of yarn instead of two; more stitches) and they turned out decent, but I want to make some changes to the way I did them for next time. I tried working with some sock yarn (tiny!) and didn’t get very far because I need needles a size smaller than I was using or they’ll be real webby.

    I figured out how to do hats, and did two adult size ones and two baby size ones; I have a new neice, and so does Chris. The others will be Xmas gifts.

    Fun! It’s very satisfying to be able to whip out this stuff.

  5. badcat42077
    badcat42077 says:

    Sounds great! I haven’t learned to knit yet, but I’ve picked up some very fun crochet stuff with beads & sequins that looks a lot more difficult than it is.

  6. admin
    admin says:

    I love some of the beaded stuff I’ve seen! I’m intrigued with the idea of doing bead knitting – seen some really beautiful pouches and bags.

  7. admin
    admin says:

    Maybe we’ll have to arrange some kind of barter agreement? It’s about $10 worth of yarn, and maybe 5 hours…

    I’m definitely amenable to exchange of stuffs (also soap, etc) and services; I used to have somebody regular that I would go to for haircuts, but it’s been forever. It’s pretty simple, but I just… can’t… manage to reach the back part! I used to do my own, when it was buzzed – even have a pair of nice Oster 76 clippers and a couple of guards, but I can’t get anything fancier than a two-stage fade to come out nice looking.

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